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  • Aren’t you a lucky cat owner to have cats interested in what you do? Our dogs are always underfoot and onthefoot.

  • LOL, its a good thing I didn’t have any coffee in my mouth when I read that “dust to dust” bit!
    I always liked the one about how “we are just worms” or lower than worms. It always struck my imagination into overdrive.

  • Are your couch cushions black & white? B/c I have the same couch, only in blue & white. Either way yours is not all worn & horrible, so I’m kinda jealous.

  • Gorgeous knitting, so much work. Done to the glory of God, how could it be less than wonderful. As a Quaker I don’t always remember the whole Ash Wednesday thing, it’s nice to be reminded.

  • The sweater looks so great. It must be so satisfying to have an almost FO from something hibernating in your closet a few years.

  • Dear Ann,
    It sounds as if knowing Mary Sue is a true gift.
    What a great idea for a Lenten altar. Since I have not had the chance to make the rug, does it always come out striped in the back, or was that an extra-special effort on Mary Sue’s part? (Like did she make, and felt, TWO rugs? Wow!)
    BTW, do you happen to know if Mary Sue had the same difficulties with the felting that fell to Kay? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Re: the sweater: sleeves look great! I simply love the collar, and am thinking “slanted rib” scarf to complete the look. (Just saying…)
    Thanks so much for all of this sharing.
    LoveDiane

  • Kudos on the Rowan Pearl!
    As lovely as the sleeves are – and that’s pretty darned lovely! – the front of that sweater is absolutely, positively, ooh-ahhh gorgeous!
    looking forward to the model shot πŸ™‚

  • I think some effort should be made to teach the cat to knit. He (she?) seems really interested. I mean, the interest in blocking alone denotes that the cat might be a knitting kitty protege. Perhaps some kind of adaptation of finger knitting would do?

  • heh my cat loves anything and everything that has to do with my knitting

  • You know the cat actually thinks you made it for him right?

  • MDK in church. Makes you feel holy, doesn’t it! I love the sweater–even though I know it will have cat hairs woven in!

  • MDK in church. Makes you feel holy, doesn’t it! I love the sweater–even though I know it will have cat hairs woven in!

  • MDK in church. Makes you feel holy, doesn’t it! I love the sweater–even though I know it will have cat hairs woven in!

  • MDK in church. Makes you feel holy, doesn’t it! I love the sweater–even though I know it will have cat hairs woven in!

  • I see other readers have a different take on this. I was merely going to suggest that the cat himself would like to be blocked. Sort of the penultimate cat stretch. And if you could do it in the sun, so much the better I am sure.

  • Blocking the cat would be, not simply–um–catastrophic (sorry), but truly awful.
    LoveDiane

  • Diane
    I made two lengths and felted both. The stripes are as easy as Kiki. Actually Kiki goes like a dream and I loved doing it in Cascade as much as I did in Lamb’s Pride Bulky. I used double thread on it too. The edges on my first Kiki didn’t have the problem that Kay’s rug did because we pulled on it for a while on our kitchen table before letting it dry. This one we didn’t focus on the edges so much because we trimmed some off so it had a little spread.
    Thanks to Ann for the praise but I have to say knowing Ann and Kay is one of the great gifts to my life. Ann started a knitting group at church and I never could go. Then the group moved downtown across from my office and I showed up with a needlepoint (had to be done in a hurry) wedding present as my project. Instead of treating me like the fiber stepchild of the group, Ann welcomed me in that day. The next meeting I had finished the present and was back to knitting. Ann is a great teacher and always has a kind thing to say about any project anyone is working on. Kay is wonderful too. Their books are great but their friendship is even better.
    Mary Sue

  • What a lovely piece for Lent. That Mary Sue must be something πŸ™‚

  • What a lovely piece for Lent. That Mary Sue must be something πŸ™‚

  • Kiki Mariko looks very at home in the church! Kudos to all of you, Mary Sue included.
    And hooray that the cat is safe!

  • My Episcopalian heart is overflowing. I have a sudden urge to knit and felt altar frontals.

  • Wow. What a lovely Lenten purple knitted object. Ash Wednesday was/is my second favorite Catholic feast day — I did not know Episcopalians celebrated it too.
    And may God set a flower on your head, Mary Sue, for helping the MJFF. It is one of the worthiest of charities.

  • episcopal knitting? I love it. I was knitting a sock at our most recent diocesan convention, w/ keynote from the Very Rev. KJS. I took the host from her!

  • Another cat helps with the blocking:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chucksterfun/2754913745/

  • Beautiful frontal, beautiful sweater. And thanks for mentioning the Michael J. Fox Foundation on the blog. That’s a wonderful group and it’s battling a very dreadful disease.

  • Your sweater is looking beautiful. As a non-religious person — learned about Moses from Charleton Heston — the first time I saw a friend come back with ash on her forehead from Ash Wednesday, I thought she had had an accident during science lab.
    In high school, I tried to take a biblical literature class, but it was cancelled because the normal teacher was on sabbatical at an Indian ashram. I decided this was a sign from God that despite my non-religious ways, I was doing a-okay.

  • Your sweater is looking beautiful. As a non-religious person — learned about Moses from Charleton Heston — the first time I saw a friend come back with ash on her forehead from Ash Wednesday, I thought she had had an accident during science lab.
    In high school, I tried to take a biblical literature class, but it was cancelled because the normal teacher was on sabbatical at an Indian ashram. I decided this was a sign from God that despite my non-religious ways, I was doing a-okay.

  • Sorry about the double post — it sometimes takes a very long time for a comment to be submitted and the comments to reload.
    Long enough that you can forget if you even pressed the post button.

  • I am so impressed that you have space under your bed.

  • You are so right. Cats just want to be involved.
    My mostly-white cat Summer is currently beached on a length of black Kona cotton quilting fabric spread out on my cutting table, which is thoughtfully positioned next to a window.
    p.s. “beached” because she is a Substantial Cat. Not overweight, just, well, fluffy. Really really fluffy. Jaba-esque in appearance. Princess of Porkitude. But if you got her wet, she’d practically disappear.

  • Thanks, Mary Sue for your comments above. It still boggles my mind–TWO rugs! A true labor of love, too.
    LoveDiane

  • I am wanting to make lots of full frontal knitting jokes, but will restrain myself on this occasion.Ann I gotta tell ya the bedazzler is not all it’s cracked up to be. I had visions of a rhinestone covered toddler than came to naught. Due to the fiddley nature of the Bedazzler. But I fully support the spread collar, the bigger the better!

  • Is it only me who keeps coming back for more of Elliot and Kermit? Especially that Elliot-he cracks me up!

  • a labour of love amen

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Sue and her husband last night at The Neighborhood Knit Shop in Hendersonville. She really is a lovely and talented woman.
    And your Rowan Pearl sweater… wow… is gorgeous!

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Sue and her husband last night at The Neighborhood Knit Shop in Hendersonville. She really is a lovely and talented woman.
    And your Rowan Pearl sweater… wow… is gorgeous!

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Sue and her husband last night at The Neighborhood Knit Shop in Hendersonville. She really is a lovely and talented woman.
    And your Rowan Pearl sweater… wow… is gorgeous!