Forgotten kitty

Tatted cat from The Complete Book of Tatting, Rebecca Jones, found on wandasknottythoughts
Tatted Cat © Rebecca Jones 1985
tatted by Wanda Salmans

I was visiting an aunt this week and noticed this kitty on her side table among other pictures and nick-knacks.  I had completely forgotten about making this until I saw it again.  

When I saw it I was trying to remember where I had found the pattern and when I had done it.  I had to do some thinking about how old it might be before I could think of the book.  Amazingly I guessed right the first time and pulled out the right book the first try.  The pattern is found in 'The Complete Book of Tatting' by Rebecca Jones.  I checked the published date to give me a clue of when I might have tatted it.  My copy of the book has "reprinted 1992 & 1994".  I'm pretty sure I tatted this about 1995 and gifted it for birthday or Christmas the same year.

I'm guessing the thread is DMC pearl cotton size 8 because, at the time, there weren't many other threads in pretty colors that I could find.  I didn't take a lot of time to look at it closely when I was at the aunts' house or I could be more sure.  It is mounted on light blue material in a wooden frame without glass.  It's almost hard to believe I made it 20 years ago!

This is a favorite aunt that I spent many hours with growing up and once I knew how to tat she was the lucky recipient of quite a bit of tatting.  In those days I didn't take pictures or write down what I made or where it went. This is one of the reasons I started blogging, to keep track of all that!

It gives me a little warm and fuzzy feeling to see that she has kept it all these years and still has it out to enjoy.

"The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat."
Jules Renard

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