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Writing Projects Gone Weird: or, Saturday, I Knit A Cat — 148 Comments

  1. KnitCat is awesome! I knit as well but I need a pattern. You did a fantastic job!

    I hope you start feeling better soon. πŸ™‚

  2. Very cute cat and amazing what you did without a pattern to go from.

    My wife was having migraines and vertigo as well. After seeing a nerve doctor she got put on Topamax (sp?) and is 100 times better. Her doctor said there is a nerve that runs down your forehead towards your nose that causes many people to have migraines. Has your doctor tried that for you?

  3. Wow, hope that vertigo/migraine stuff clears up. And I loved the cat.

    You and I have at least two things in common — I knit and I have bouts of extreme vertigo. (Taught myself to knit when I was passing some boring hours as an overnight security guard years ago; the vertigo was came naturally.)

  4. I completely agree with everyone else. KnitCat is KewtCat. If you do feel up to posting on Instructables.com, I will most assuredly be making myself a KnitCat MonitorKitty.

  5. You are so funny. I just love finding your note on my computer. i read every word. Tomorrow is just around the corner. AFTER we win the hockey game. A die hard Bruins fan from Boston..

  6. Sorry about your migraines. Sounds horrible. Myself, I get down in my back quite often, so I kind of understand where you are coming from. I too love the cat you knitted. I am deathly allergic to the real ones, but that one would not bother me. πŸ™‚
    A couple years ago I started knitting. I was working on the world’s longest scarf. LOL
    Then, I put it down and two years later I got it out and cannot figure out where I was.
    Wow! Aha moment. I am right handed so the needle with the yarn will go in my left hand. Wierd how I couldn’t figure that out before this moment.
    Hang in there, Holly! Hope things get better soon.

  7. Hi Holly,

    Really loved the cat. I can understand not want to go commercial with it, but I have an idea. If you want you can post the instructions for making your kitty on http://www.instructables.com/ This is a hugh website with a large following. If publishes a large variety of “how-to” homemade projects every day from knitting to building integrated electronics.

    Best regards,


  8. I think you win on the Weird-O-Meter. I have not yet knitted kittens with fully-formed personalities. I’m still trying to get characters with fully-formed personalities…heh. Of course I can’t knit so there will be no string kittening for me. (Does chainmail armor count? Perhaps a steel kitten might be in the works.) Nope, the closest I’ve gotten to weird writing prompts is going down to McDonald’s for a salad and diet Coke during the high school lunch hour. Not so much weird as daring, I guess.
    Loving the kitten, though!

  9. I love the knitty kitty! His regal pose is very…regal. Great job!
    I use Second Life to help build and visualize characters from time to time. I take pictures of them, and post them in this writing journal I keep near my desk.

  10. I’ve been making my own locksmithing tools and picking locks this month for a new novel I am writing.
    I’ve also done things like eat nothing but rice for a week, lock myself in the trunk of a car (with a spotter in case I panicked), and duct tapped myself to a chair…

  11. Love the Knitty Kitty. What really caught my eye in this article is that Holly is working on a project with a small, agile, clever cat. I’m working on a project with similar type of character.
    “At almost a year old Cat was quite a bit smaller than other cats his age. What he lacked in size he more than made up for in agility.” Yeah, I’m looking real original right about now lol

  12. The kitty is an obvious success. And I hope he really does help you with the story. He’s great! (Yeah, yeah, cat person. Crazed cat person. I know.)

    I wasn’t looking for a new story the other day when I was playing around with some 3D graphic models to get ideas for a newsletter I do for the company who makes them. But suddenly, I found myself staring at a new character and I almost immediately found myself with an opening, a lot of backstory and about half the plot. I wrote the opening. The rest, I think, is going to wait until NaNo this year. I’m just too busy to tackle yet another project right now.

    It’s amazing what sorts of things can get us motivated, though.

    (Here is the picture and the opening, if you would like to see it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zettepics/5806880366/in/photostream/)

  13. You are one awesomely talented lady, Ms Holly! And a real inspiration to me. A perfect example of what to do during the ebb times.

    I love your attitude — and I love your KnitCat! Feel better soon, and bring him to life.

    Willena Flewelling

  14. That is amazing! I love how a tiny what’s-it can catapult a story into overdrive. I know Marvin, the dust bunny, did that for me – even though he didn’t require any actual talent on my part. In fact, he kinda made himself…

  15. Vertigo & migraines, at the same time? You poor thing, I thought I was the only one that suffered with those two things simultaneously.

    I LUV your cat, it really, really looks like a cat. I hope it helps you with your project, it seems to have provided a great deal of comments from your loyal followers.

    BTW: Have you ever tried acupuncture for either vertigo or migraines?

  16. I worked with an artist acquaintance and designed a full size poster of my project to serve as a constant visual reminder of what’s in store. On a different, sci-fi project, I sewed a uniform I designed for the main character – complete with rank insignia. On another I built the full scale prop journal that served as a touchstone between two generational main characters. I do like the tangible incentives. πŸ™‚

    And KnitCat is absolutely marvelous! So much character in the tiny thing!

  17. That’s great! I wish I could knit like that. I do, however, get migraines and vertigo. (Ugh.)
    I work through my stories while I work in the vineyard or clean stalls.
    At the moment, my house has been taken over by six Siamese kittens. I will trade you one for one like yours!

  18. KnitCat is cute, unique and he likes being one of a kind. Nice to know I’m not the only one to write while laying in bed. Hang in there.

  19. >Anyway… have you ever done anything as weird as knitting a cat to
    >get to the heart of a story?

    I make customized action figures from Star Wars and GI Joe fig’s to help with mine.

    (The cat is beyond awesome, by the way!)

    • I’ve used the little guys in a Risk game to outline formations of soldiers one-for-one, to get an idea of army sizes. It’s fun to write armies of ten thousand foot soldiers clashing, but in a valley of certain parameters, you can’t get four hundred soldiers to actually fit there, let alone fight there. πŸ˜€

  20. It is absolutely eerie how much…cattitude…is in that li’l thing. I want one. I want one with the passion of a thousand burning suns. KnitCat reminds me very very much of sacred statues of Bastet (of the Egyptian pantheon) and I would be not at all surprised to discover that Goddess might be slumming it a bit in such a wonderful host. Leave a thimble of milk if you get the urge.

    I’m more of a hooker (crochet) myself, although I do clothing more than the little amigurumi critters I see everywhere. But crochet motifs actually have played a big part in my Thinking Sideways where I let the Muse play a little. I don’t always remember to ask the questions, though, and end up getting muse-bombed by really random things…that always seem to have some purpose. Half the fun, I think, is figuring out how to fit them into the story, and finding out that they do fit, better than I ever could have dreamed.

  21. Wow, what a way to break through that writer’s block, and they are so cute. I’m still looking for ways to combat my writer’s block. I’m not a knitter so I have to ask, doesn’t knitting so small like that cramp up your fingers?

  22. I once asked my ex-police officer husband to help me choreograph a particularly difficult fight scene, so the two of us squared off in our front hall and acted out the entire thing. Was a lot of fun and we nailed the scene.

    I don’t think that comes anywhere close to your sweet little cat as a writing curiosity, but I couldn’t knit a cat (or even a placemat) if I tried.

    Hope the migraines clear up soon. Feel better!

  23. Oh my! how adorable! and I think I need to copy you right away. I don’t have any florist wire or tape, but I think I’ll pull the wire out of some wired ribbon I have. I love this idea, I don’t think you are weird, and now I want to completely dive into a whole world of knitted creatures. I’m so glad you emailed us about this! I don’t usually follow your blog. Now that I know you’re a knitter too, I think I’ll have to!

  24. I love knitting, sculpture, and writing. Plus I get migraines. This has got to be the best way of turning lemons into lemonade I’ve seen in a long time.

    Best knit project I did was to knit a wire apple blossom branch with forged copper blossoms one afternoon when nothing else was going right. But I never thought of yarn over wire- wonderful!

    If your secret project would allow, maybe this little guy could get an auctionable cousin?

  25. Never done anything that “weird” but I did join an online gaming community once, which was plenty weird for me. I also carried a plastic hamster on some of my travels and tried to see the sights through his eyes. My family thought that was pretty weird.

  26. 10-ish hours of armature-building and knitting with tiny needles and tiny yarn equals one 3″ inch cat. I’m afraid he’s going to be the only one of his kind—well, I might make him a mate at some point if the story calls for it.

    But knitting to sell? Nononono.

  27. It’s so tiny. How did you manage to knit something so tiny? The first pictures made me think it was much bigger. The one with the finger gave me perspective… and shocked me. That is excellent detail for something that small.

    Being a cat person myself, I’d have to say that’s a cute cat. 8P

  28. I’m trying to knit lace. But I keep frickin up. Sort of like trying to work out some plot snarls. I’ll keep at it. Knitting helps keep me ‘right some calm’ (pronounced cam).
    hope you feel better soon or at least for good old stretches of time.

  29. Love, love, love it!
    I do counted cross-stitch, but can’t knit or crochet to save my life. I just bought $50 in yarn on clearance for a buddy of mine to work up an afghan for me!
    Feel better soon and grateful you can still be creative!

  30. Whew! Thought you were going to knit a real kitty! The yarn one’s are really cute, and easier to knit, too. I don’t knit, but admire those that do.

  31. You managed to get the essence of cat which is a very nice trick. It’s amazing how few people can capture that.

    That story should be a doozy.

  32. Well, Holly, that is cute, and also a tad weird. And tiny. Never knew that making a cat was so much like writing a book: armature, tape, stuffing, ripping anything not like a cat.

    When I was helping to develop movie scripts I’d break up all the linear thought by making paper jewelry. No jewels, but very heavy watercolor paper. For a voodoo/zombie flick I made a choker–drew around my hands to make two halves of a necklace. Certainly got the producer’s attention, for about ten minutes.

    Hope you feel better very soon. And my Monday is better than Sunday was. So that’s good.:)TX

  33. This is a whole new twist on making the best of a bad situation.

    You should auction off the cats. Cute! Your fans would have a nice souvenir and a story to tell.

    • First, I am sorry you are laid out. I have been there (lupus). Second, is the cat really that small or his your husband a giant? His finger looks huge against the cat’s belly.

      Finally, I TOO want one. He is adorable. I think it is amazing you did this without a pattern. That is mighty talented. My cat (only one now, my older two passed on me 15 & 17 years old), would go crazy attacking that cute little devil. BUT, if he were my new kitty I would not let Theo near him/her.

      This could be a new profession for you. I’d line up to buy one. I hope you are feeling better soon. Until then, let those two guys pamper you. πŸ™‚

  34. OMG! I WANT ONE!


    That is so cute and funny! And a great little adventure there with him!

    I hope you start feeling better soon. That has to suck. I’m thinking good thoughts your way.

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