Project snowsuit, or how one Sphynx cat just refuses to give winter a way

About a month ago I was contacted by a person, who wanted something rather unusual: a snowsuit for her Sphynx cat. She said that her cat needs daily walks,  and towards the winter the weather gets cold where she lives, so she needs something that would protect her naked kitty from getting cold and sick. She mentioned that she contacted some shops that sell cat clothes before, but none of them agreed to do this kind of project. And now I understand why: it takes a lot of thinking, a lot of time and quite a bit of work.

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I can’t say it was very difficult to figure out the structure of the snowsuit, because I have my own cats, that are live example of what my clients look like 🙂 The knitted part was pretty easy and quick. But the real thing started with the sewing. I spent 12 hours straight sewing it. Yep, maybe that looks silly, because it’s not a HUGE project, but it is quite time consuming, when you hand sew every single detail.

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The snowsuit’s outer layer is hand knitted and the inner layer is fleece. It is very warm and thick, so the wind and cold won’t reach the kitty. The paws are also waterproof – I sewed the glove-like fabric, which will prevent the paws from getting wet. Oh, and in case you were wondering why there’s a hole in the snowsuit, it’s for the harness.

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I sent the pictures to the customer and so far she is satisfied with everything, which is great. The only concern that I have is the fit. Even though I had all the needed measurements, it’s always a gamble with something like this. If it was only the knitted part, I wouldn’t worry even a bit, because it’s so stretchy and comfy, so even if something’s a little tight somewhere, it will stretch out. But it’s the fleece I am worried about. It’s stretchiness is quite limited, so if something doesn’t fit, it might be difficult to make it bigger. But fingers crossed it will fit!

Would I take on another project like that? Probably yes! Even though I felt quite miserable after those 12 hours of sewing and all my muscles were sore, if the sweater will fit the kitty it will be the biggest reward! I think it is important to do something you’ve never done before, because it gives you not only skills, but is also daring and interesting.

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When water turned into wine

And what exactly happened when water turned into wine? Awesome yarn was born, that’s what! 🙂 And from it came this furry sweater for a naked kitty.

This sweater isn’t a new addition to my shop, but I wasn’t satisfied with the previous pictures, so I finally decided it’s time to change it. I found the old sweater, fixed it up a little bit, grabbed Beliza and shot some pictures. I think it turned out pretty good.

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This shoot was quite challenging – all Beliza wanted to do was to lay and look out of the window. And yes, the picture you see above was one of the two shots of her actually sitting. Anyway, we got some good pictures, and that’s what matters!

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Yarn is 70% acrylic and 30% wool. It’s quite fluffy and soft because of the acrylic and the wool gives that nice warmth to it. This style sweater is available in many sizes and colors: wine, peach, black, orange, white, pale green, bright blue and bluish purple. Nice selection of colors to suit everyone’s taste. Oh, and did I mention that the rose charm you see is actually made of antique silver? And those little stones are natural agate. Isn’t it awesome? It will suit any fancy kitty’s taste. You can find the sweater over here: Fluffy sweater.

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Buried under the leaves

Can you believe today is the last day of September? Gosh, where all this time is going?! It’s hard to believe that soon we’ll be waiting for the first snow and exchanging gifts on Christmas. I am not sure how much I am feeling all the autumn spirit, but cats are definitely there! Even though they still love spending their time in the balcony, more and more often they choose to rather stay inside under the blanket. And so this autumnal sweater was inspired by them.

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I’ve had this yarn for quite short time, because I wanted to do something with it. A lot. I think it reflects autumn so well – it is soft, warm and those brown & burgundy colors are simply gorgeous.

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Only one sweater is available in size XXS, because I could find only small amount of this yarn to buy. It can be made with sleeves too, so all depends on your wishes only. Yarn is 100% wool, so believe me – when I say it’s warm, it really is.

And here are some more pictures from shoot! Enjoy!

Oh yes, here comes the dessert! They are so addicted to all the vitamin pastes and treats. But they earn it! :)

Oh yes, here comes the dessert! They are so addicted to all the vitamin pastes and treats. But they earn it! 🙂

Hey, where's my paste? I want mooooreee!

Hey, where’s my paste? I want mooooreee!

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PurringPyjamas Halloween Collection 2015: Eat, Drink And Be Scary!


When witches go riding, and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Even though it’s only September (or, actually, ALREADY September), I started planning Halloween collection for PurringPyjamas back in the summer. And even though lately I’ve been crazy busy, I managed to finish and put up all the sweaters for sale like couple of weeks ago. And, well, PurringPyjamas blog apparently got a little forgotten… But not anymore! I started doing some more time planning, so I’m hoping to be posting over here at least once a week. Yay, more cute and soft cats coming! Because internet can never have too many cat pictures and videos. Ever.

Anyway, so here it is – Halloween collection that I finally finished! Let’s get into it.

So the very first sweater is one of the Halloween essentials – I mean, come on, who doesn’t have skulls on Halloween? We have human skulls (fake ones, hopefully, but you can have whatever makes you happy) at home, but I decided to pimp the cats with cat skulls. Because why would the cat be interested in us, humans? 😀 Let the cat have this super cool and super warm cat skull sweater.

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This awesome sweater is warm and stretchy, because yarn is 75% wool and 25% polyamide. It is available for purrrchasing right over here: Cat Skull Sweater.

When I was thinking about Halloween collection, I always had in my mind this picture of a cat sitting on the moon. So yeah, I guess you got the cat and all you need now is…the moon! And this sweater gives you exactly that. It also gives to your cat warm pleasures and is very soft.

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Yarn is 75% wool and 25% polyamide. Fly your cat to the moon right over here: Fly To The Moon.

Now this one is definitely another one (and probably the main) of Halloween essentials – pumpkin! Believe it or not, I have never ever carved a pumpkin in my life, because over here in Europe (at least in Lithuania and Finland) people don’t really celebrate Halloween. So at least I can keep up the Halloween spirit through this cool pumpkin sweater!

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Again, yarn is 75% wool and 25% polyamide. Carve the pumpkin together with your cat over here: Pumpkin.

And the last, but definitely not the least is this orange sweater with a bat. Yep, I’ve never seen a bat either, but I think they’re insanely cute! So that’s the story behind this sweater: I like bats, they’re cute, they’re also associated with Halloween, so why not let your cat to rock a sweater with bats?

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And yes, once again the yarn is 75% wool and 25% polyamide, which means this sweater is soft, stretchy and oh so warm. You can purchase it right over here: Bats.

And what about you? Do you celebrate Halloween? Whether you like Halloween or not (or simply don’t care about it), have a beautiful day and enjoy this colorful autumn!

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Dirty Snow In September

I am finally catching up with all my works, so I decided it’s about time I post the sweater I made few weeks ago. I found small amount of this gorgeous yarn at one shop, and I just couldn’t leave it. As much as I love bright colors, all the grays and browns are very close to my heart too. My hands were itching for a while to make something out of it, and so I did.

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The sweater is very simple, because the yarn itself is like a decoration. Yep, this is one of those cases, where less is more. After I finished it, I wasn’t sure what it reminds me of. And it actually took few weeks to realize, that it looks like a dirty snow. I mean, really – that’s how snow looks like when it starts melting. Well, at least over here in Finland.

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Yarn consists of 50% wool, which gives loads of warmth and 50% acrylic, which is responsible for cashmere softness. There’s only one sweater available in size M, so if you have a bigger kitty, it might be just perfect for you! You can find the sweater over here: Sweater “Dirty Snow”.

And here are some behind the scenes shots. Enjoy!

Because all the magic stuff happens on the other side of the window!

Because all the magic stuff happens on the other side of the window!

Yep, that's my hand under the carpet she's looking at! She was looking through the window all the time, so some playtime is the only way to get her attention.

Yep, that’s my hand under the carpet she’s looking at! She was looking through the window all the time, so some playtime is the only way to get her attention.

Bacha crashed the photoshoot (once again!), and Beliza is definitely NOT impressed by it! :)

Bacha crashed the photoshoot (once again!), and Beliza is definitely NOT impressed by it!

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I wish…

In the end of June I was contacted by a lady called Dana, who works for ”Make a wish” organization. She told me, that she was looking for a sweater for Sphynx kitten and whether I could make one within a month. The Sphynx kitten was one child’s wish and he wanted the kitten to have a yellow sweater. Without a doubt I was immediately up for it! If I have an opportunity to make this world at least a little bit better place, I’ll do it. Especially, if all it takes is a one tiny cat sweater. So, Dana chose this design:

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And this is what I came up with few days later:

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“Make a wish” received the sweater quickly and without any problems. Another awesome thing is that more people also participated in this and the boy received in total 3 yellow sweaters for his new kitty! He loves the kitten so much and he helped him to get through all the difficult treatments. Here are couple of pictures of him and the kitty (I blurred the boy’s face for understandable reasons):

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It warms my heart so much to see a smile on this little boy’s face! I really hope he will get better and gets to enjoy his life to the fullest for many years to come.

If you’d like to donate or just want to know more, feel free to visit “Make a wish” website: http://wyoming.wish.org/.

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Seashore magic

Even though this past week was nothing like summer (except for the green trees, little sunshine and nicely smelling grass after the rain), in our home we live with very summery moods. And the little summer sweaters that I made definitely add freshness and remind every single day: it’s still summer.

The first sweater is this off white (or light beige – whatever you want to call it) shirt with beautiful golden bling. It is also decorated with tiny little flowers at the bottom. Every single detail in the sweater is crocheted. It’s super light, lets the skin breath and is made out of 100% cotton yarn.

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You can find the sweater over here: The Bling Bling Sweater.

The second one is all about the sea. It’s related to the sea not only because of it’s beautiful coral color, but also because of the shell pattern. I’ve had this yarn for a while and tried quite a few patterns until I decided that this is it. And I think the pattern suits this yarn perfectly.

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The yarn is 85% cotton and 15% viscose, so the sweater is very light and comfortable. It is available in coral and lime colors. You can buy the sweater over here: Coral Shells.

The last one is simple yet it has a twist. It is made of a light, but very stretchy and nice extremely white yarn, which consists of 62% viscose and 38% acrylic. While the previous two sweaters are both crocheted, this one is knitted. It is also decorated with real shells, which give nice and subtle look to the sweater.

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Get the sweater here: Shell sweater.

When I was taking the pictures, the light was simply awful. It’d been raining for days already, and I didn’t know, when it would stop and if it would stop, so I made a decision to start a photoshoot. I am not very happy with the end result, but, well, thinking about the conditions I had, I am glad the pictures are THAT good! Oh, I can’t wait to have a new camera, which probably will be at my home this autumn. Fingers crossed!

And here are couple more pictures from behind the scenes. Why? Because cats are simply adorable. At all times.

Always wash yourself before the shoot to make sure you're squeaky clean!

Always wash yourself before the shoot to make sure you’re squeaky clean!

Enjoy yourself. And sleep whenever you can!

Enjoy yourself. And sleep whenever you can!

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3 Day Quote Challenge. Day 3 – The joy of work

Today is the last day of the challenge, and I will be talking about the thing, that takes a huge part of our lives – work. Because it takes such a big chunk out of our everyday life, we MUST do what we enjoy. Yes, earlier I did jobs I didn’t like. Well, only one actually, but it lasted only a month. Why? Because I felt, how it sucked every single breath out of me and I felt so bad about it. I even remember crying before going to work, because I felt just so… disappointed. Hurt. Depressed. So I left it. And thank God I did it! After that I’ve been doing only the jobs I like. And believe me – I am so much happier right now. Do what you have to do, but don’t get stuck in that boring circle for too long. Do some crazy stuff. Enjoy yourself and your life! You have only one life after all. 🙂

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For this 3 Day Quote Challenge I was nominated by Guenny. Thank you!

The rules of this challenge are simple:

*post one (or more) of your favorite quotes a day for three days;

*pass it to someone else (one or three bloggers each day);

*thank the blogger, who nominated you.

For my day three, I nominate Ipsita from The Greedy Foodie (nom nom)!

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3 Day Quote Challenge. Day 2 – Life is beautiful

Today is the second day of the 3 Day Quote Challenge, for which I was nominated by Guenny. Thank you!

As I mentioned in my previous post, on the second day I will be talking about life. So here it is – my some of my favorite quotes about life. I hope they will inspire you!

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The rules of this challenge are simple:

*post one (or more) of your favorite quotes a day for three days;

*pass it to someone else (one or three bloggers each day);

*thank the blogger, who nominated you.

For my day two, I nominate Darlydarly!

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3 Day Quote Challenge. Day 1 – It’s all about love

I always like reading, what other people enjoy. I always want to know, what inspires them, challenges them, gives them happiness and the most pure childish joy. This is one of the reasons, why I happily accepted the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you for nominating me, Guenny!

I’ve seen this challenge going on for a while already, and the rules of it are so different. Some people post loads of quotes each day, others post only one quote a day. Someone nominates 3 people every day, while another person nominates only one. So I decided to do this my way: I will be nominating one person each day. And about the quotes… I will talk about three things: love, life and work. I will share with you my inspiration & approach to these topics and what reflects my way of loving, living and working.

First off, I’ll start with love. And I am not talking only about the love between the two lovers. I think it’s even more important to love yourself. And to love everyone and everything around you. It absolutely doesn’t matter, what we believe in, what we look like, what we think about something/someone, where we go – as long as we do everything with love to each other, it will make the world more beautiful. And us too.

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The rules of this challenge are simple:

*post one (or more) of your favorite quotes a day for three days;

*pass it to someone else (one or three bloggers each day);

*thank the blogger, who nominated you.

For my day one, I nominate Arielle from With All My Affection! 🙂

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