Chair Seats – Cats Who’ve Owned Me Series – 4

This chair seat is called “Cleaning Up” and features Sandy taking a bath.  The design is based on my photos of him.  I’m still experimenting with different colors and textures of yarn to find the best for picturing a cat. This time I used white and tan yarn and hooked the stripes explicitly.

I used my homespun and millspun hand dyed yarns, all of which are wool/ mohair blends (details).  The backing is 100% cotton Monk’s Cloth.  I used 13×13 epi cloth.

The wildflower patches are millspun yarns that were hand painted after the yarn was spun.  The background fields were done with yarns that were kettle dyed before spinning.

Back of Chair Seat

Sandy

Front of Chair Seat
Before Finishing

 Learnings

Good contrast in the colors chosen and work with scissors after hooking to arrange the lines as hooked makes the details much clearer.  Sandy’s face shows clearly on the back of the chair seat but still needs some work on the front side.  Since the colors are so close in value, it is hard to see his face details unless the lighting is bright.

I liked the look here of generic blobs of color versus trying to hook detailed flowers or grasses.

Yarns Used

Info on the yarns used is given below.  The picture links to the full description and creation details for the yarn where available.

 Wildflower Patches in Background: Coreopsis Yarn  Coreopsis – hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool.   This yarn is shades of yellow with sections of yellow and white designed to stripe.
Mardi Gras Millspun Yarn Mardi Gras – hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool.
Wildflower Meadow Millspun Yarn Wildflower Meadows- hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool.
Iris Millspun Yarn Iris – hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool. The same yarn was also used for the edging.
Gravel Path: Yarn Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leciester Wool - By the Pound Natural Dark Grey  and Light Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester Wool.
Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound I used natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn for the rocks along the gravel path (same yarn as for Sandy’s body). Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
Background Fields: Pearl Green kettle hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
Forest Dreams hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like a forest at a distance for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Aquatics hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like pond water for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Green with Envy hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
  Sandy: Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound I used natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn for most of Sandy’s body. Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
Yarn Tan 3Ply Millspun 50% Adult Mohair 50% Shetland Wool 2.5 Oz Skeins Tan DWF mohair/ wool millspun was used for Sandy’s stripes.  3Ply Millspun 50% Adult Mohair 50% Shetland Wool 2.5 Oz Skeins
  Edging: Iris Millspun Yarn Iris – Hand Dyed (After Spinning) Millspun.  The same yarn was also used for wildflower patches in the background.
 Lettering:  A small amount of hand spun, turkey baster hand dyed roving (white with small amounts of orange and blue) was used.

A ball of roving was soaked in water for an hour, then injected with colors using a turkey baster, heated to boiling for 30 minutes to set the colors, then washed before hand spinning.

 

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Yarn – Lichen – Millspun

Lichen 2Ply Sport 4 oz Skein Millspun Yarn

Lichen

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: Lichen (light green)
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
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Yarn – Lichen Lavender Twist – Millspun

Lichen Lavender Twist 2Ply Sport 4 oz Skein Millspun Yarn

Lichen Lavender Twist

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: 1ply Lichen (light green), 1ply Lavender
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
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Yarn – Fiji Lavendar Twist – Millspun

Fiji LAvendar Twist 2Ply Sort 4 Oz Skein Yarn

Fiji Lavendar Twist

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: 1ply Fiji (electric blues), 1ply Lavender
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
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Yarn – Fiji – Millspun

Fiji 2Ply Sport Millspun Yarn

Fiji

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: Fiji – electric blues
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
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Yarn – Sport White 2Ply 3 Oz – Millspun

White 2Ply Sport 3 Oz

 

Description: 50% adult mohair – 50% shetland wool, natural colored adult mohair and wool.
Color: White
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Roberto
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Cry Baby, Prairie Oyster, Fawn
Type: Millspun Yarn (Cloudberry, NJ)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 200
Size (Plies): Sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 14
Needle Size: 3-5 Knitting
Yards for Medium Sweater (36-38″): 800-1000
Sett/ Ends per Inch (epi): 7-8 tabby, 10-12 twill
Skein Weight (approx.) 3 Ounces
Quantity Available: 32 skeins
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Yarn – White 3 Oz 3Ply Worsted – Millspun

Yarn White 3Ply Worsted Cloudberry

White 3Ply Worsted 3 Oz

 

 

 

Description: 50% adult mohair – 50% shetland wool, natural colored mohair and wool.
Color: White
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Buddy

Wool: Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Prairie Oyster, Cry Baby’s Sister

Type: Millspun Yarn (Cloudberry, NJ)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 175
Size (Plies): Worsted (3)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 10
Needle Size: 7-9 Knitting
Yards for Medium Sweater (36-38″): 800-1000
Sett/ Ends per Inch (epi): 5-6 tabby, 7-10 twill
Skein Weight (approx.) 3 Ounces
Quantity Available: 5 skeins
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Yarn – Natural Tan 2.5 Oz Worsted 3Ply- Millspun

Yarn Tan 3Ply Millspun 50% Adult Mohair 50% Shetland Wool 2.5 Oz 150 Yard Skeins

Tan

 

Description: 50% adult mohair – 50% shetland wool, natural colored mohair and wool.
Color: Tan
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Sienna, Rose
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Prairie Oyster, Brown Betty
Type: Millspun Yarn (Cloudberry, NJ)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 150
Size (Plies): Worsted (3)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 11
Needle Size: 7-9 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 2.5 Ounces or 72 grams
Quantity Available: 50 skeins
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Yarn – By Weight – Farm Grey – Bulky 3Ply – Millspun

Yarn Dark Grey Worsted 65 Mohair 35 Shetland 3ply

 

 

 

 

Description: 65% mohair 35% shetland wool
This is a bulky yarn in natural dark grey. It is on cones and thus sold by weight requested.  Perfect for weavers. Can be wound into skeins on request, no charge.  It is also available on cones.
Color: Farm Grey – Dark Grey
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Leo, Rembaldi, Megan, Black Magic, Starlight
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Zeitlinger’s, MI)
Yards/Pound (YPP):
approx. 352
Size (Plies): Bulky (3)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 8
Needle Size: 7-9 Knitting
Yards for Medium Sweater (36-38″): 800-1000
Sett/ Ends per Inch (epi):
4 tabby, 6-8 twill
Pounds Available: ~30, 43 cones
Price: $5/ounce, $28/ 8 oz (savings of 48%), $49/pound (savings of 54%) plus shipping.  Savings is for fiber + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber purchase.
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Yarn – Nuts 4oz – Millspun

 

 

 

Description: 45% Mohair (Jessie & James) dyed with walnuts before spinning & 55% natural colored Shetland wool (Brown Betty, Bison Boy and Spook). These skeins are soft and springy with depth of color from blending 3 shades of brown.  Hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: Nuts – shades of medium to light brown
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie and James kettle dyed with walnuts
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Brown Betty, Bison Boy and Spook (natural colors)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Gurdy Run, PA)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): DK (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 17
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 31 skeins
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