Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Crochet Cat Coasters

Crochet Cat Coasters #handmadeXmas2016

For the last couple of years I've been doing my best to give handmade gifts for Christmas.

I made these adorable little coasters as a gift for my cat loving friend last Christmas and I'm so excited I finally get to share them with you!
I scoured Pinterest for all the best cat coaster crochet patterns and created a special crochet coaster board so so you can find the patterns that appeal to you. I will continue to add patterns and ideas to the board throughout the year.

I made one a night and I had a full set by the end of a week. Here are the crochet cat coasters I made and links corresponding patterns. I wanted each coaster to be different and have it's own personality, just like real cats do.

Round Eared Kitteh

Round Eared Kitteh| Crochet Cat Coaster

This cute little round eared tabby kitty-cat is a free crochet pattern from my friend Alexandra at EyeLoveKnots. A simple and beautiful pattern with excellent easy-follow instructions.

Pointy Eared Kitty-Cat

Pointy Eared Kitty-cat | Crochet Cat Coaster

This Pointy eared black cat was inspired by Amigurumissholly, it's not in English but the images helped me to figure out what was what and I almost got it right.
kitten coaster free crochet pattern

Fat Cat

Fat Kitty-cat with feet | Crochet Cat Coaster

Fat tabby cat with his short little feet poking out the bottom is a free pattern from MissCraftyMess, the extra kink in the tail is my own addition.

Ginger Puss

Ginger Puss-cat with feet | Crochet Cat Coaster

Ginger puss here is a my own blend of mix and matching ears and tails. 

Peeking Cat

Peeking Puss-cat | Crochet Cat Coaster

Peeking cat was a bit more challenging and I'm still not sure I got that head quite right. I decided to leave off all whiskers and buttons on my kitties to minimise any chance of an upset cup (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it). Peeking cat is another free pattern from JansCrochet.

Furry Puss-Cat

Furry Puss-cat | Crochet Cat Coaster
This furry fellow is inspired by a free potholder pattern over at the CrochetingCrab. 

This year I think I might try crocheting some bird or owl coasters, but if you're not a yarny I've started a pinterest board for DIY coasters made with fabric, wood, tiles, leather and whatever else you can imagine. If you've made some coasters and blogged about it leave me a link in the comments and I'll add it to my boards.