What Cat Taught Me

Yes, I indulged myself in a full day of magical knitting instruction with Cat Bordhi and fellow students in a class sponsored by the Woolie Ewe. That, in itself, is amazing. And the stuff Cat taught boggled my mind. The only way I'll even begin to think mathematically is if doing so will help me knit something cool.

Earlier this year, I had a class with Lucy Neatby, another original, out-of-the-box knitter and thinker. These two ladies are cut from the same cloth in the way they fly in the face of convention, and they happen to be friends. They even own a mismatched pair of the same shoes, thanks to a serendipitous swap. Who wouldn't want to spend the day with them?

Cat began by showing us the magical mathematical figure: the moebius. A moebius has only one surface and one edge, and endlessly twists around in a continuous ring.

She taught her inspired moebius cast-on with delightful story-pictures, and we all caught on pretty quickly. The magic starts with the cast-on. It continues as you knit.

Some of us started with a scarf project and others with a small felted basket project. I chose the basket, thinking that I could probably figure out the scarf at home on my own time. Cat took time to work with almost all of us individually, stopping for group instruction as we progressed. I finished my basket up to the felting step, in spite of starting over a couple of times for extra practice.

I really recommend Cat's books and YouTube videos, if you have any interest in a fascinating knitting technique which lends itself to endless variations and innovations. If you ever get a chance to take a class with Cat - do. You won't be disappointed.

My Flickr set from today's class is here. Enjoy!


  1. Cindy, sounds like you had a fabulous time! Your basket looks wonderful, I know it will look great felted too. Love the shoes.

  2. Glad you got to go to the Mobeius Class. I saw a Mobeius at the Sock Class that makes me want to make another one. Those things are very addictive.


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