So who’s the winner? (Video)

Christmas is only two days away… And that means the giveaway on PurringPyjamas Facebook page has ended! Even though I had many ideas on how to choose the lucky person, in the end I decided to pick the winner using a random name picker as I wanted everyone to have equal chances of winning and simply to make all the process easier and faster. And here I created a little video on how the winner was picked!

Congratulations to Jaz Zie! I will message you on Facebook, so don’t forget to check your inbox section of “Other/Message Requests” (that’s where the messages go from people that you’re not friends with on Facebook). If the prize won’t be claimed within 48 hours, a new winner will be picked!  If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry – there will be way more giveaways in the future!

Again, congratulations to the winner and have a wonderful day everyone!

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Coco’s 1st Birthday + Christmas Giveaway

The last post being kind of negative, I think it’s time we come back to being positive! And while many bad things happened, I am blessed to say that even more good things are happening! One of them – Coco’s birthday. Yep, this little coconut turned 1 year old this month. Even though it’s been less than a year since I got her, it seems like she has lived with me for ages. And though she isn’t seen by the public as much as my Sphynx sisters, she is loved just as much! Coco is such sweetheart, who purrs and rubs against you all the time. She is just one super happy and positive kitty!

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I still remember how I could hold her in my palm – she was so tiny and cute! Now she’s a real lady – super soft one, who loves to play and run around. And sleep under the blanket of course.

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I am so happy that she and my two Sphynx girls get along so well – Coco is just a sister from another mister. 🙂

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I don’t know about you, but it starts to feel like Christmas. Now I just need some snow, and Christmas songs will come to my home! But at the moment it’s cold, windy and rainy. Not very Christmasy, huh? But I refuse to accept that and that’s why I decided to do a giveaway! It’s my way of saying “Thank you” to all the wonderful people, who support me and believe in me. All the information about participating is in PurringPyjamas Facebook page, you just need to follow this link: Christmas giveaway. I wish you good luck, because that is the only thing that will decide who’s the winner! 😉

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But for now, have a wonderful Friday evening and an amazing weekend!

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IMPORTANT: a copycat is on the loose! + Making dangerous cat clothes

It’s been a little over a month since I last made a post. And oh, it was one heck of a month! I’ve been sick and couldn’t work as fast and well as I’d have wanted, which made me frustrated. But finally, here I am! I am almost completely fine and can continue working on all my beautiful purring clients’ orders.

But now let’s get to the topic. So, one day, like a couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through Etsy, just looking for gifts for my family members. At the same time I decided to check, how my sweaters appear in the search and all that jazz. So I am scrolling through all the beautiful and unique cat sweaters that people made from all over the world. And suddenly I see something not exactly what I call “unique”: a sweater that looks A LOT like mine. Obviously, I immediately decided to check it out. So, yes, the sweater pattern and the style itself is VERY similar to mine. I took a look at other few sweaters in her shop, and some of them are obvious copies of mine with a twist. Keep in mind that my shop was opened February 18th 2015 and that person opened hers in October 2015. So… who is copying who? I think the answer is obvious.

And the most frustrating is not only that she steals the ideas from my shop, but also – what I thought was extremely rude – she copied (yes, 100%!) my size chart. Seriously, that was the last drop and I decided to contact her. So, I messaged her on Etsy asking where she got the size chart from, and mentioned that all of my items (including the size chart) are copyrighted and she has no permission from me to use it. She answered very quickly. She said that she’s sorry and she will “create” her own size chart somehow (which is a good part), but she copied my size chart, because she’s got no idea about Sphynx cats’ sizing (which is not so good). I mean, really? Like, shouldn’t you do some kind of research at least before you open the shop and sell clothes for cats? She told me she likes to knit, so she decided to make cat clothes. Anyway, she “created” her own size chart by adjusting mine: she just took off few millimeters from my original sizing and that’s it.

Anyway, the hilarious part in all of this is that she even made the pricing ABSOLUTELY the same as mine with a little twist again: the bigger sized sweaters are €1 cheaper than mine. If she thinks that she can make an awesome business by stealing others’ ideas and selling them a €1 cheaper, I’ve got a feeling that she’s wrong. I personally wouldn’t go with a cheaper option, because copy will always be a copy.

There’s so many awesome shops all over the Internet creating original beautiful cat clothing, who actually know what they are doing: they have THEIR OWN size charts, THEIR OWN styles and – most importantly – THEIR OWN Sphynx cats. And for some reason all of those people have no need to steal anything from others.

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Beliza enjoying the last bits of autumnal sun.

Originally I wasn’t planning on writing anything about it, because I thought that me and that person resolved the copying issue and that will be the end, but she just keeps on copying. Yes, the amount of sweaters in her shop is growing, and quite a few of them are more or less copied from my designs. She even has a sweater with a cat button, made in the same style as mine.

But there’s one style I wanted to talk about in particular. So she has a sweater that has amber beads on the back (amber beads – what a surprise considering that I had the whole collection with amber). And what I want to talk about over here is the placement: it’s ON THE BACK. What cats do? They lick themselves. What cats do, when they get a grasp of something like amber bead on their back? They pull it. They try to take it off. And believe me, there’s no way to attach it on the back so it would be extra safe. Cat will pull it off. Then there’s the most important question: what cat will do when she will take the amber bead off? Well, in the best (and kind of rare) case the cat will just play with it and leave it or won’t even pay attention to it. But from my experience (considering I’ve lived with cats my whole 25 years) the cat will try to eat it. And I saw those amber beads – they’re just the perfect size to be eaten/swallowed. And here you are faced with much bigger problem than a one ugly looking sweater afterwards: the cat can choke on it or it can get stuck in a cat’s digestive system. In either case, sadly, huge medical bills and/or even death will be the case. Now, do you still think this person has any idea about cats? Does this person care about making the sweaters safe? NOT AT ALL. To me it seems like all she cares about is “Oh, I’ll just copy the designs from few cat shops that know what they’re doing, add a bit of my stuff in all the mix and earn loads of cash”. It just makes me so mad and frustrated at times not only because this person is copying others, which is incredibly rude, but also because the things she makes can be incredibly dangerous for your naked or furry family member.

Now you might ask: but Asta, you have sweaters with kitty buttons/amber/agate yourself? Yes, I do, but there’s a twist: firstly, it’s the placement. All the kitty buttons and stones are placed in that kind of position that it’s out of the cat’s reach. Secondly, kitty buttons are way too big to be swallowed and are made out of plastic, so cat will quickly give up on the idea about chewing it. When it comes to stones, they’re way too tiny to get a cat choked or get stuck somewhere in the digestive system. Anyway, I personally have never experienced my cats taking off their buttons and/or stones, and considering it’s been 3 years since I’ve been making these clothes and trying them on my cats, I believe they’re safe to use.

Anyway, that’s the end of all this ramble. I won’t tell the shop’s nor the owners name who’s stealing the ideas and making dangerous sweaters, I’ll just say that this shop is from The Netherlands and was opened in October. I wish you luck when choosing the seller, because not everyone actually cares about their original client – cats. I simply wish there were fewer people like that. Stay safe!

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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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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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