Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blue Tabby

I’d like to announce a special new hand painted colorway from Morning Bright called “Blue Tabby”

This color was inspired by one of the three feral kittens I found in my backyard this past month and have been bottle feeding. They’re around 6 weeks old now and are doing great. The inspiration for “Blue Tabby” is the only girl of the three, who we actually found more than 2 weeks after finding her brothers. She was around 4 weeks old, sopping wet, dirty and crying and came running up to my husband while he was out near our woods. He named her Blue.

I live in rural Maine and didn’t realize how terribly huge the population of feral cats is in our town. After finding these kittens I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the very special and generous people in our area who rescue and care for them. Most belong to a local non-profit group called the Cat Coalition of Western Maine. My heart goes out to these cats - Maine is an extremely harsh environment for feral kittens to grow up and the mortality rate is disturbingly high. For the ones who make it, their lives are typically short and difficult.
The Cat Coalition fosters feral kittens, and traps/neuters/releases adult cats. They also work hard to educate the public about this increasing problem. So I’ve decided to donate 100% of all profits from the sale of my colorway “Blue Tabby” to the Cat Coalition of Western Maine. I’ve currently got it available on my Holistic Merino DK base, and plan to dye it on my other bases soon. You can find it in my Etsy shop! And, as always, if I'm ever sold out, or you’d like to order more than what I’ve got available, or on another base, please feel free to message me.
Here's a fantastic pattern I knit up in "Blue Tabby" and another customer favorite, "Sand Dollar"

The pattern's called "Temple Cats" and was designed by Suzanne Frary. The brim is worked with a knitted braid and the cat design is stranded in the round. Frary states, "This pattern is suitable for intermediate knitters. The directions assume that you are familiar with stranded knitting". I found it fun and interesting and fairly quick. And I love the results! 

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