Singular Stitches: French Knots at 4am

Monday, April 10, 2006

French Knots at 4am

What do you do when you can't sleep at 4am? French knots. And lots of them! They were worth it, because it means that Purr-Pals is now a Happy Dance! (And, of course, I had to work around two kitties who decided that I needed some company). And, yes, notice that real kitty fur made it into the stitched kitties.


After all those French knots, I went back to bed! :o)

It's quite convenient, that DH's birthday and my parents' wedding anniversary are on the same day, because I can remember two events with one day! To celebrate, we had a small family gathering at our house this weekend. Me, DH, my parents, my sister and her boyfriend. BTW, it was their 50th anniversary. It's well known that the majority of the guests at this shindig like a piece of cake with a rose. I make sure that everyone had at least one rose...


I love giving the cake decorator a good challenge. Over the years, they've done a basket (the side of the cake) filled with flowers (the top), a birthday cake for Mum of a 3D slot machine with coins coming out, and a birthday cake for DH with a rocket and planets.

The kitties greeted the guests from the comfort of the steps...


They love my Mum, even Itchey who is very particular about with whom she socializes. We think it's because both me and my Mum are the cat people of the family. She and I have similar touch and way with the kitties, that, aside from our scents, our interaction with the kitties are almost exactly the same.

Dad brought me a present, too! Since he's been retired, he loves to do little woodworking projects. He used to do full-blown woodworking when he was younger. When my parents first bought their house (back in the mid-70's), my Mum picked out all of her dining room furniture out of a Pennsylvania House catty and he drew up the plans and made it for her, as well as our kitchen table, both me and my sister's bedroom sets and various little things here and there over the years.

When I invite friends over to knit or cross stitch, I love to serve tea and sweet treats, so he made me this:


When I moved out of their house into my first apartment, I showed him a picture from a Yield House catalog (awesome country stuff!) and he made me this:


Typically, I like to keep this blog focused on my needlework pursuits (with some kitties thrown in for good measure), but I guess having the family out at the house this weekend got me in the nostalgic frame of mind. Hope you don't mind me sharing. :o)


Blogger Von said...

I, for one, like reading about more than just stitching! I'm absolutely bowled over by your cake decorating skills!! Then there's your dad's woodworking talents; my goodness, everyone is gifted, lol!!
Looking forward to learning more great things about you and your family. :D

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 12:12:00 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Wow your Dad does beautiful work. What wondeful treasures you have from him! Thanks for sharing your pics.

p.s. that cake looks pretty yummy too!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 7:09:00 AM  
Blogger Singular Stitches said...

Oh, Von, you're a sweetie, but my talent lies in coming up with the idea, not actually implementing it!! I leave that up to the professionals at the bakery!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Thanks for sharing! I love all the pics - the cake looks adorable and I'm a real sucker when it comes to hand made furniture! Love the kittie stitches too :)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:24:00 PM  
Blogger luvs2knit said...

I love the cake, Lynn. I hope their celebration was wonderful.

Thursday, April 13, 2006 3:37:00 PM  
Blogger Bastet said...

purr-pals came out wonderful, cat hair and all. Mine I swear are trying to cover any available space with thier fur. You can't put on a clean pair of pants with out getting a good rubbing. Especially if you're wearing black..then my female will definately be paying attention to this ritual. (my pants for work are black and so are DH's)

Friday, April 14, 2006 2:18:00 PM  
Blogger AnneS said...

Thanks so much for sharing your family event with us - like Von, I love to share other stitchers lives too ... makes us more human, I think :) Have to say your Dad does some beautiful work! Also love the cake and the kitties, and your wee finish is really sweet :D

Friday, April 14, 2006 8:24:00 PM  
Blogger Bhavani said...

your kitty stitching does resemble you lovely kitties. You must have had a lovely time with your family.

wishing you good health and cheer.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 1:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

Hey, nothing says made with love like pet hair. :) A little bit goes into everything I stitch, no matter how hard I try. BTW, if I try too hard, I find myself starting to pull the "hairs" of either fiber or the fabric. EEP!

LOL at the roses littering the top of the cake. Great idea!

Your dad does lovely woodwork. It must have been a real treat growing up with such talent to provide furniture and nifty gifties for you!

Monday, April 24, 2006 4:25:00 PM  

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