My name is Louisa and I love cats and knitting. There, I’ve said it. My two favourite things, in one blog.
Cats and knitting have always been a big thing with me. And I know I’m not alone. A lot of knitters are into cats. Maybe because cats and yarn have similar qualities. They are both, to varying degrees, soft, fluffy, tactile, full of character, and utterly gorgeous. Whether they are completely compatible passions, is another matter entirely. I often have to unhook a cat’s claw from my work in progress. And is there cat hair in my knitting? Most definitely yes.
My family is full of artistic cat lovers so there was no escape for me. My mother taught me to knit when I was quite small. The first thing I knitted was a scarf in garter stitch for my penguin. He still wears it to this day. My aunt used to spin, weave, knit and crochet the most beautiful things. She was and still is my inspiration. I started to make my own simple designs as a teenager, and I devoured knitting books and magazines and carried on knitting even though it was deeply unfashionable at that time.
I like making smaller items which are great for stash busting and quick to finish. I make each item two or three times in order to fine-tune the design, then I photograph it and write up the pattern. I started with a range of cakes and cupcakes and now I have other designs for toy cats, bags, and cloths, and Christmas decorations. More recently I have been bitten by the extreme knitting bug – giant wool on giant needles – hence the bestselling Cable Knit Blanket.
I live in Sheffield, UK with my partner and three Maine Coon cats. One of my favourite things to do to relax is to spend time in my studio working on a design, in the company of my cats.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my pages, and thanks for dropping in.