The Stray Cats

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Sacha, Lou & Princess Angel Kitty
(As named by the Guppy)

I am an ever-evolving Fish. From time to time I look back on who I was 2, 5, or 10 years ago, and I have to laugh at the way everything twists and turns and changes. Up until about 3 months ago the only reason I’d ever picked up a sewing needle was to attach my point shoe ribbons or elastics, and that was because I had to. I didn’t sew loose buttons, they just sort of fell off and whatever sorry shirt they’d belonged to made it’s way to the back of the wardrobe rotation. I brought my pants to be hemmed by professionals, even though I should have used the money on something else. I didn’t even own anything vaguely resembling what could be called a “sewing kit”.

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Things change, thankfully, and now I feel like I just can’t master stitches fast enough or find the time to make everything I want to.

My first real attempts at hand-sewing : “Pointy Kitty”, a free down-loadable pattern from one of my favorite “crafty” blogs Wee Wonderfuls. There are always great photos and wonderful ideas, plus lots of softy patterns to be had (some free, some not). Ms. Lang is one of those neat and talented Fish that you wished was your sister or your neighbor. She’s always got a tons of nifty ideas and projects going and has a very subtle, muted style which is so nice in contrast to the neon-plastic world of today. Even if you’re not of the nimble-fingered, her blog is a pleasant respite from the rush-rush-rush.

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Lou was my first attempt, and taught me a great deal. Princess Angel Kitty & Sacha are for my niece & nephew’s birthdays (which were, er, a few weeks ago) and Lou has adopted the Guppy. Or vice versa. Now I just need to send these kitties state-side without crushing them.

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4 thoughts on “The Stray Cats

  1. That is so cool, Jen! I’m pretty sure “The Bunny” is bringing me a beginning sewing book in my basket :), but a class would be even better (to see & ask questions). I’ll keep my eyes out for pictures of your projects on your blog!

  2. Geez, thanks Jen (blush). If you are a total non-sewer like me you should try these, they were really beginner-friendly. I wish I had someone to take a class with…it’s more fun with a buddy! My madre is coming for a visit next week & she is a crochet/knitting type, so I’m excited about learning…maybe I’ll have a blanket by next winter!

  3. Awww, SQUEAL! These are so CUTE! What lucky little guppies in your life :-) One of my goals is to learn how to sew (and knit). A new shop opened up in my town & they’re going to offer some beginner’s classes. I can’t wait!

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