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Agent Kat was faced with a not-unusual crime in this area…

The victim had obviously been kidnapped, tossed, and finally transported into a safe location. Luckily for our agent, there was a trail left behind…


Where did the victim come from? Surely enough, a storage unit lay just nearby. Closer investigation showed other,  unsuccessful attempts at others. Third try’s a charm, or so it seems…


As to who did it, there were the usual suspects… One, especially, seemed to be returning to the crime scene, unsuspecting she was being observed.


At a closer look, the evidence seemed to lead to her without a doubt…


“I am innocent!” she claimed. “I was framed!” … but nobody listened to her. The deal was closed.

Snapshots were taken:

Front …

blurry front“I am innocent, I tell ya!”

… and Profile …


Justice was served.

bag kitty

Another successful case of yarn theft solved by agent


Being away from blogging has created a backlog of finished projects to report. This is one of my rare attempts to make clothes. Inspired by seeing a finished version of this top, and encouraged by its creator, I decided to try my luck at making things that (should) fit. For the few who have not seen this (justifiably) notorious tutorial, posted in Sew, Mama, Sew, it is a great project to start with. It is easy to follow, and provides enough alternatives to fit different styles.

no-ruffle top

Nevertheless, I was scared of wasting expensive fabric, so for the body I used some cheap shirting fabric bought at my local Save-A-Thon store. For the contrasting band I used a beautiful fat quarter I bought a while ago at one of my favorite fabric stores, The City Quilter.

I did not pre-wash the fabric. I did wash the top after it was finished, though, and no major disaster happened: no shrinking equal to felting a sweater, no seam distortion. On the contrary, the fabrics got softer and their drape improved a bit. Maybe I was lucky. Either way, I was encouraged to continue with my bad habit of not pre-washing unless I have plenty of time between shopping and sewing.

'no-ruffle top' top

I followed the pattern as was, except for the ruffles, which I obviously skipped. I am not really a ruffles person. There were a few adventures in the process, mostly due to my pessimistic approach to taking measurements. The top band came out quite loose, but that was easily fixed when I added the shaping on the side seams – which helped a lot.

I am already considering making another one of those, and next time I think I will try the gathering technique instead of the pleats. All in all, I am quite happy with the end result, both in terms of wearability and as a learning process. I had never made pleats before, and I am happy to report they weren’t nearly as scary as they sound. Now all I have to do is wait for the weather to get warm enough so I can wear it… sigh!

Welcome to the new location of Kat and the Kitties’ adventures. The transition to the blog’s new ‘home’ was surprisingly easy, I am grateful to report. Things will still be a bit unstable for a while as I learn how things work around here, but there is no better time to post some sewing progress that I made over the last few weeks.

I made this for a friend’s baby that was born in February. It took me this long to settle on a project, but I am happy with the results. I hope the recipient and her mother will be just as happy!

baby kimono

Here it is modelled by the only individual in the household that was anywhere near the size of the recipient.

model: Sleepy Bear

You are The Lovers

Motive, power, and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse.

The Lovers represents intuition and inspiration. Very often a choice needs to be made.

Originally, this card was called just LOVE. And that’s actually more apt than "Lovers." Love follows in this sequence of growth and maturity. And, coming after the Emperor, who is about control, it is a radical change in perspective. LOVE is a force that makes you choose and decide for reasons you often can’t understand; it makes you surrender control to a higher power. And that is what this card is all about. Finding something or someone who is so much a part of yourself, so perfectly attuned to you and you to them, that you cannot, dare not resist. This card indicates that the you have or will come across a person, career, challenge or thing that you will fall in love with. You will know instinctively that you must have this, even if it means diverging from your chosen path. No matter the difficulties, without it you will never be complete.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Am I always so predictable in the eyes of others as I am in my own eyes? Or does that just mean that I just know myself well? Either way, no big surprises here on the results. What can I say, I like snuggling, as the kitties will confirm 🙂

There IS crafty progress to report, but it will have to wait for the next post. I promise it will come sooner than it took me to get back after my recent unexpected brake. See you soon!

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