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Mittens & Kittens

by greenrabbitdesigns

As I mentioned on Friday, Saturday was spent at a Debbie Abraham’s knitting workshop.
Our project was “Festive Fingerless Mitts” and a lovely little project it was too.

I managed to get one mitt completely knitted but I still have to sew it up and of course complete the second mitt. I have to say I did enjoy making the mitt, it included beading, cables and fairisle so lots to keep your interest!

The knitting kit was navy, grey and cream Rowan wool/cotton yarn and then everyone had their own choice of beads, I chose ice blue. It was amazing how everyone’s looked so different just down to the choice of beads.

If you’re a knitter and you get the chance to go to one of Debbie’s workshops, please do, you won’t be disappointed! There is always something new to learn no matter how long you’ve been knitting and she is a really lovely girl and very passionate about her craft all of which makes for a great day out.

*** WARNING !!! : The following photos contain images of extreme cuteness!!!!! ***

Meet the latest batch of kittens, oh yes we’ve ended up with more!!!

You will remember in this post I introduced you to Kitty and her three kittens, R.J., Polly and Lily who have remained with us and are absolutely beautiful. Well the Cats Protection have been very helpful and neutered all three kittens for us but Kitty could not be caught, we tried, my husband almost lost the end of his finger in the process!! She will let us stroke her head and will come close for food but don’t even think about putting two hands on her!! Unfortunately she’s not so distant from Rocky (the father of all the kittens) and the inevitable happened this time resulting in six (yes six) kittens, five black and one black and white, three boys and three girls (we think)!

The Cats Protection are coming back to get Kitty when the kittens are weaned and it will involve a trap, something I’m not looking forward to I can tell you but needs must as she can’t keep producing kittens for the sake of all concerned. She will of course always have a home here with us and along with my next door neighbour we will care for her and the three older kittens.

The new little babies will have to go to new homes, something else I’m not looking forward to but really we couldn’t cope with that many cats even with the responsibility being shared. However we have decided that this little one is staying just to even up the black, black/white situation, she is a little girl and her name is Jessie. She is the smallest of them all and one of the cutest things I have ever seen, already she climbs on your knee and settles down, she is so gorgeous!

They were all born in my neighbours garage, Kitty then moved them between two fences at the back of our garden which involved a rescue one very wet Friday night, resulting in me sitting on top of a fence in the pouring rain but we’ll leave that very long story there. After the rescue we put them back were they where born, shortly after she moved them again into a cat box that my neighbour keeps in her garden for the cats and then she moved them again this time into our garage and thankfully thats where they are now.

We have found a good home for two of the little black ones and they are going together to an animal lover. We aren’t advertising them as we want to make sure we know exactly where they are going to and the wonderful Cats Protection are following them up and neutering and vacinating them all. It would be nice if they all could go with a sibling however that would mean there would be an odd one, with with us keeping Jessie. I have a feeling we might end up with more than one but if we can find good homes for all the little black ones we will be happy.

They are now four and a half weeks old and becoming more and more curious of the world around them and so, so funny.

So you see it’s not just knitting and crochet around here! 😉

Have a lovely week everyone, I’m not even going to mention the weather!! 🙂

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Stephanie October 24, 2011 - 4:50 pm

Oh Vivienne,

I’ll pay for your plane ticket to France and you can bring us a couple of kittens! How’s that for a good deal? Yes, my husband has decided that once we have got over the worst of our grief for Sakura we should get a brother and sister.

Your mittens are adorable. I think Debbie is a very clever lady! I love her knitted blankets.

Have a wonderful week finishing your mitten with glass beads. Mmm, it sounds like something from a fairy tale.

Jane October 24, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Oh my Vivienne….more gorgeous kittens but yes Kitty needs her op bless her. You are so kind to these cats, I really do admire what you and your neighbour have done for them. Can I say thank you on their behalf as not many people would take on this sort of responsibility. You are a star :0)
SO much cuteness there and you know how much I love my cats….Billy is proof of that but one of him is enough for me!
As for the mittens, I love them. The beads really add to the festive effect. Your work is beautiful and I am glad you enjoyed your course. As for the weather…hmmm shall I whisper it’s been another sunny day here in the south ;0)
Take care,
Jane x

Amanda October 24, 2011 - 5:57 pm

Oh my goodness! Those little black kitters are perfect for Halloween. There big eyes scream cuteness, so thanks for the warning.

Your post reminds me of the Three little kittens who lost their mittens – but your mittens are much too special to be lost 🙂

Mia October 24, 2011 - 6:14 pm

That (almost) was a cuteness overload, Vivienne! But not quite, I could stare those kittens for ages…They’re absolutely perfect little ones! I am sending you many happy wishes for the home-finding process, and also a hug for you already, I am sure it’ll be hard for you to let go… And please: many kisses for all of them!

And the mittens are adorable, I LOVE the beads in there (you know me, the magpie!)! Those will brighten up any gray day!

Happy week!


Jenny October 24, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Those kittens are the most adorable little things, I can see how it is going to be hard for you to let them go… but as long as they go to good homes then it will be of some comfort I guess! Glad you are keeping one though – she is beautiful – she looks like our old cat spot,who was also a total sweetie! I mentioned on Vanessa’s blog the other day how I so so would love a cat to keep me company, but karl is allergic, so there is little chance of that 🙁 it is something that makes me feel quite sad sometimes but I do have lots of other good things in my life so can’t complain really! Plus I got a very kind email from a lady in the US who was telling me about hypoallergenic cats the other day! So there may be hope yet! 🙂 Anyway this is turning into a very long comment… your mittens are gorgeous too by the way, I love the fair isle in them. I have put learning to knit on my long ‘to do’ list! Have a lovely rest of the week Vivienne, hope it’s not too soggy with all the rain about! xx

@home October 24, 2011 - 7:47 pm

Those mittens are lovely, and the kittens are adorable, I’m so glad we’re unable to have cats, as my heart strings have definitely been well and truly tugged at…..
Sue Xxx

Helen Philipps October 24, 2011 - 7:53 pm

The mittens are really lovely, such a wonderful wintry pattern and the little ice blue beads you chose are perfect. Your photos of your knitting are wonderful too, so clear and detailed. I loved seeing the pattern up close! And the kittens……so cute and adorable, especially the little blue eyed black and white one you are keeping. You are a true animal lover, Vivienne, and those kittens are very fortunate little kittens to have you and your neighbour to care so kindly for them. Enjoy your knitting and kitty filled week!
Helen x

lily October 24, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Snuggly mittens, adorable kittens……..cuteness overload indeed. Saw the floods in your part of the world on the news tonight,it has just started to rain here and as we are on the Welsh border we are expecting a flood warning of our own………not the best weather to live so close to a river, methinks.

Can’t wait to see your finished mittens, never tried knitting with beads, but it looks a delicious mix. xx

Pomona October 24, 2011 - 9:49 pm

The kittens match your mittens I think. And both are lovely!

Pomona x

Gina October 24, 2011 - 10:20 pm

I was just thinking the same as Pomona… very pretty matching mittens and kittens!

Patty October 24, 2011 - 10:26 pm

Hi Vivienne,
I think your mittens are looking amazing, it’s a very striking pattern and the beads are a lovely choice.
I was certainly surprised by the next pictures, had no idea the cat family had grown a bit. Wow, 6 of the cutest kittens, aren’t they just so adorable at this age. I hope you can find homes for some as it is quite a lot to look after but you and your neighbour are doing a great job with them. All the best with the next phase of neutering! Sally x

Annie October 24, 2011 - 11:45 pm

Gorgeous mittens and adorable kittens! The mittens will sparkle beautifully with all those beads. I hope they are well out of the way of playful little paws!

October 25, 2011 - 1:11 am

gosh, i think i have just clean melted with all this cuteness on top of such gorgeous knitting. the mittens really are lovely, the bead work is gorgeous!!
oh my goodness…the kittens! i want all of them! (not that the four cats i already have would allow this). i am glad you are keeping one and hope you will continue to share her with us ;o) Jessie is such a pretty little thing =^.^= they are all so sweeeet!!! and as with your other readers i have noticed how everything matches and sparkles so perfectly in this post 🙂

sending special hugs to each kitten =^.^= and one for you too xxx

p.s. i know i will be coming back to peek at this post a few times more 🙂

Pam Hetherington October 25, 2011 - 8:14 am

Gorgeous knitting (as ever!) Vivienne.
P x

Susana October 25, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Que guantes tan bonitos y originales con las bolas de cristal.

Cuantos lindos gatitos.
Cuando iba de vacaciones de pequeña al pueblo de mi madre, mi abuela tenía en un cesto muchos gatitos pequeñitos, al ver tus fotos me has recordado viejos y dulces tiempos.

Un saludo.

Susan October 25, 2011 - 4:05 pm

Your mittens look lovely Vivienne..several techniques all rolled into one project and definitely worth it!…I love them…
And your little kittens…they are beautiful and it is lovely to know that 2 have already found new and loving homes….and hopefully the same will happen for them all as you are already more that doing your bit Vivienne!…I’ll look forward to hearing how everything progresses…fingers crossed for you my friend!
Wishing you a lovely week,
Susan x

Simone October 25, 2011 - 6:52 pm

The kittens did outdo the mittens but the mittens are absoloutely gorgeous too! I could cry over little Jessie as I love the look of her so much! Will Jessie be a house cat? I hope you find lovely homes for all the others. x

Cuckoo October 26, 2011 - 5:04 pm

I don’t know what I enjoyed looking at more. The photo’s of the unbearably cute kittens or the astonishingly clever knitting. All so lovely.

I’d love a kitten but my husband is properly allergic so I’ll never have a cat again. I had a very special cat who used to sleep on my pillow (I know, gross) but she got run over. That was a very black day. I rescued her from a shelter and she brought me pure joy. Just think of all the joy your kittens will spread.


October 26, 2011 - 7:41 pm

thank you for your visit 🙂
halloween pudding made with apples sounds divine!
any chance of your posting the recipe?

warmest hugs xxx

Mary October 27, 2011 - 6:26 pm

DARLING mittens, make me want to start knitting, although it looks pretty clever! Congratulations!

jooles October 27, 2011 - 7:57 pm

ahhh mittens and kittens…what else could your post have been titled!
kittens…..oh my such cuteness
mittens….you are so clever, they look so complicated and very very lovely
love jooles x

debra October 28, 2011 - 12:22 am

gorgeous mittens…kittens too!!

October 28, 2011 - 8:10 pm

hello my lovely
sorry it’s taken me so long to get back here and thank you for the halloween pudding instructions. my son is really excited that i am going to make it this year. i can forsee it becoming a tradition in our house too 🙂

hugs xxx

and kisses for the kitties too =^.^=

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