Yay, my 1st Giveaway!  This kappamaki (cucumber sushi roll) is made of yarn: a knitting pattern by Christen Haden, author of Yummi ‘Gurumi and Creepy Cute Crochet.  Her pattern is my very 1st Etsy purchase: the PDF has 16 sushi pieces (including knit wasabi, ginger and decorative grass) and I can’t wait to make them all.  But I had to make this one for a quick welcome gift….

[photo by Jenny G.]

for my friend Jenny’s newly adopted kitty, what a beauty!  The last time I made gifts for kitties was some Christmas catnip mice and I figured something fishy would be appropriate, especially when I saw this ad: kind of looks like this kitty, right?

I’ve mentioned that I’ve always loved the sea, so I’ve been reading The Story of Sushi by Trevor Corson (loved his 1st book: The Secret Life of Lobsters) and as I started looking for craft projects Christen’s Etsy page really stood out.  She e-mailed the pattern quickly and the directions are super easy to follow.  Plus, it’s a great way to use up some yarn!

If I make all the pieces I’ll be using all of these colors, so I’m excited to make more soon. 

You’ll need double-pointed needles, a stitch marker, row counter, yarn needle and of course I like my crafty, little scissors.

Each piece is a combination of a few layers, all the better to stuff catnip in!

And then there was packaging: one of my favorite parts…

I didn’t have time to knit up the condiments this time, so I used the real thing, added some chopsticks too.

So, to enter the giveaway, all you have to do is:
1) be a follower (thank you!)
2) leave a comment, any ol’ comment will do
3) and specify if you’d like your sushi with, or without catnip

And on Labor Day, I’ll pick one name randomly (U.S. residents only, please, just for shipping purposes) and you’ll receive the next sushi piece I make, packaged similarly to the one I gave Jenny today.  

Good luck!