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Daily Photo Reprise: Kelly, Lead Crochet Tester, 2010

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Kelly has claimed my crochet project.

Whenever I crochet something, Kelly can hardly wait for it to be big enough for her to knead and settle down on. I got up to take something out of the oven and when I turned around she had already made herself at home on my partially-finished project. You can’t hear it here, but she is purring mightily. Perhaps it’s because the yarn nearly matches her eyes.

tortoiseshell cat sitting on crochet
Kelly considers going on with her day.

Kelly refused to give up her claim to my partially-finished legwarmer, so I let her give herself a full bath and purr on it, the true test of a crocheted item’s worth and durability, until she finally grew drowsy and gave a big yawn. Since I was making two of these I simply started from the other end of the skein and began the second one.

tortoiseshell cat yawning
Kelly yawns.

Other feline members of the household also enjoy crocheted items, but they don’t make a profession of testing them out as Kelly does, they take the easy route and simply curl up for a nap.

Kelly entered my home at about age four, but at probably 16 she has barely changed a hair in all these years, always looking like a young kitty, slender and graceful and very, very vocal. I can see her pupils aren’t as dense black as they once were, but her irises are still vivid clear green, not showing the striations usually seen in senior cats’ eyes.

Cats LOVE crocheted items. They probably love knitted items as well, though I crochet much more often and I notice that many of my online crochet friends have images of cats on their blogs and websites and as avatars for their online identities, and even have feline-oriented words as part of their online names and e-mail addresses.

This must be good stuff if Kelly finished her bath, rested a while, then curled up on it. I’d guess it meets with Kelly’s approval.

The final approval, Kelly curls up on my crochet project.

P.S. Even after I finished these and wore them around the house in winter, I had to leave them out on the bathroom floor for Kelly to sleep on them, even in summer. I’ve put them away now when I’m not using them, and I think of her each time I get them out.

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6 thoughts on “Daily Photo Reprise: Kelly, Lead Crochet Tester, 2010

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  • Definately some kind of cat-crochet affinity going on – I barely let go after putting a square down and there is a cat butt on it.

    • Cynthia, from a fellow-crocheter, I think it’s a conspiracy–cats secretly ask, “Does she crochet? She’ll do.”

  • Sharon

    Hi Bernadette,

    Now I know why all the kitties at the Humane Society had so many little crocheted blankets when I did the laundry. I figured they liked laying on them. They have classes there where people come in to make them for the kitties if anyone of your followers are interested.

    Those leggings you were making sure look like they would be warm!

    Take Care

    • Sharon, there is a big connection with cats and crochet–could be knitting too, but crochet seems to be the most popular. ALL my cats like crocheted things, good thing because I like to crochet! But Kelly was insistent, she would step onto my crochet project while I was working on it. She was so timid that any boldness she showed I let her have it. I miss her so much, and I think of her each time I put these on. She was even sleeping on them in the summer.


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