But let's start with the beginning. You have probably gathered by now that I am the stereotypical craft lady who's also crazy about cats. Proof here and here. And if there is one thing I particularly love about cats, it's when they do the 'cat loaf'. No, that is not a testimony to their baking skills, but a position they assume when they are relaxed and content in their environment. Mr Little Crochet calls it the "No-Leg Cat" position. So, basically, it's when the cat tucks in her paws under her body, making it look like she's one single block, hence the 'loaf' nickname. Here is an example. And another one. Oh, and for scientifically comic purposes, the bottom view.
For a while now, I had been toying with the idea of crocheting a cat loaf. It started off with a few basic sketches to get an idea of the shapes needed:
And after much crocheting, counting, taking notes, more crocheting, counting, stuffing and sewing, this is what I ended up with:
Eeeek! I have to say I am quite smitten with this little kitten. I plan to give it as a birthday gift to the daughter of two friends of mine. Well, let me tell you this: it ain't gonna be easy to part with it!
A little note: you may have noticed the white patch towards the rear of the body, in the pictures above. The funny thing is, when I showed the finished kitty to friends and relatives, two of them asked me completely separately and without having consulted each other what was meant to be in the white patch. This is when I decided to add something to said white patch, and settled for a couple of little felt hearts, as you can see below:
It makes for a little bit of a cuteness overload, but I believe the intended recipient will be able to handle it.
So what do you think? Is it the kind of present you'd give a little girl? Or come to think of it, how about a Valentine's gift for your loved one?
Well, if it is, watch this space, because the pattern is in preparation! :)
Thanks for reading!