March 23, 2015

Cats in Hats Book Review and Blog Hop


Cats in Hats
Sara Thomas
Running Press, 2015

I had to chuckle when I was asked if I wanted to give a book review of Sara Thomas' new book from Running Press. As a cat owner, of two little black beauties, my imagination went crazy when I started thinking of them wearing little knit and crocheted hats.

Just look at that kitty on the cover.  

THAT LOOK.... IS PRICELESS.

The book showed up on my doorstep and I grabbed a coffee and sat down and was quite entertained throughout the 112 page book. As a new knitter, I mean, Brand New knitter, these projects were a little outside my current comfort zone.  Although there are beginner, intermediate and advanced hats included, I still didn't feel all that comfortable trying any of them out.

I can say though that the book is done very well. The photography is outstanding, first of all. Each shot really exemplifies each cat hat, and I can really see a more advanced knitter taking the knowledge that they learn in these pages, to the next level with their own designs.


My favorite project was this guy. This cat looks just like my dad's Smoky and just thought of him wearing this little dinosaur cap had me cracking up!

The projects are very clear to following with lots of alternative photographs of the hats, and great knitting patterns like this one..  the Fox cap, another great one!




I also liked that the back of the book included a nice comprehensive overview of knitting and crochet tools and techniques.


As a person that isn't really into dressing their cats up, I can't imagine I'll ever create any of these but will definitely keep this book out on the coffee table as it is a wonderfully fun conversation starter for sure!!

To play along though. I did create little crocheted discs that I made my kitties try on. :)
Funny enough, they've been pretty naughty ever since.



 As will the last book review I did for Running Press, there is a blog hop happening!  Here are the participants, feel free to hop around and see if anyone created hats for their cats!

AUTHOR KICKOFF: 3/16 Scooter Knits
                                                                    3/28 Pretty Things Blog







And then, to enter the giveaway for this exclusive  Easter Egg hat kit, click HERE.
 Please note, the giveaway is being given by the publisher, not me, so please click the link above to be redirected to their entry page.

The giveaway grand prize will be a prize pack with a copy of the book, and exclusive pattern from Sara Thomas, and enough Lion brand yarn to complete the pattern. Five runners up will receive copies of the book. (Please note that this giveaway is open to US residents only).  

This contest will run from 3/16 to 3/30 @ 12 AM EST.

Good Luck!!
 

 


3 comments:

  1. This is so funny! I love the picture of the cat in the dinosaur hat. I can't imagine my cats allowing me to strap one of these hats on them, much less wear it for any length of time. And then once they had it off, it would not look like a cute hat for long!

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  2. This is adorable. Loved your cats in hats..

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  3. My favorite was the Mohawk hat!

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