giant cat saga : episode 1

October 19, 2010 § 4 Comments

A girl can be busy now and then.

I was explaining to my sister why there were no new posts on a red ribbon and I began saying that I was so busy that no crafting had been done. But that was a lie. Only after writing a few more sentences did I remember that knitting project I was working on for Halloween. Why did it not register as crafting initially, I am not sure. Maybe, because I filed it under costume in my brain and though the two categories have a lot of cross-over I just didn`t make the connection. But connect they did, and so I had the brilliant idea to share this not-so-serious, actually-very-silly side of crafting which I enjoy indulging in every so often. Because when you are busy, there has to be an outlet for the nonsensical somewhere.

This post will have several parts over the next few days before Halloween, so if you find it interesting, please check back often to see the progress. It will be like your favourite TV show having back-to-back episodes: a crafting special! Or, you could catch all the action in one sitting after Halloween and it will be like a Saturday morning cartoon smorgasbourg of crafts. I leave that up to you.

Let`s start with the inspiration. My photographer friend, Lindsay and I were spying on other crafters` photos on etsy and came across the cutest, crochetted, lion hat . Lindsay and I happen to be a little obsessed with this Japanese stop motion video of cats and their owner. There is a song and giant cats and violence…what more could we ask for?
Though I can`t remember exactly who should be credited for the idea, we decided it would be great fun to dress up as giant cats for Halloween. Of course I volunteered to use my crafting skills to make the cat hats once again sans pattern. And so the saga begins…

First, I made this beautiful swim-cap-esque toque. Some would call it a “scull cap”, but that creeps me out so, how about tight toque? Anyways, since I didn’t have a pattern, I just used the pinwheel blanket pattern and decreased around the ends to get it to curve inward. Actually, I may have to loosen it a bit, because it is a tad tight, but you get the idea.

What’s that harrowing silhouette?!

Oh, that? Well that’s a giant cat…

A giant hairless cat.

So I still have the ‘hair’ to add yet, but I do think the ears turned out quite nicely. These babies are made with mad crochet skills and are basically folded pouches. Before I stitched them on the hat I could fit my fist inside. Well, I didn’t try, but my visual-spatial skills are usually quite excellent, so I am most definitely, maybe right.

Here’s an ear close up (the best I could do, sorry!)

The ear is simply sewed onto the toque with the same yarn using a tapestry needle.


Stay tuned for episode 2: the giant cat grows hair!

These last three shots I took by putting the camera on a timer to take them in succession. The first two are decent and informative, the last one is just more nonsense. You know what they say, you go crazy if you wear cat hats for too long.


§ 4 Responses to giant cat saga : episode 1

  • Shannon says:

    Kawaii neko chan! Love that last pose for sure. Don’t be surprised if some old lady stops to scratch your head at the train station. 🙂

  • Hirari says:

    You do realize that you could totally market those hats for Japanland and make a killing… just sayin. YAY for being the 1st comment! 🙂

  • rhonda nettleton says:

    Cute hat….. How’d you get the ears to stand up like that?Mom x o

    • aredribbon says:

      Thanks! The ears are a pouch folded, so the crochet is doubled to make it stiffer and then when I sewed the ears down I sewed them slightly curved so that they point forward.

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