I bought a Sirdar Alan Dart knitting pattern to knit Jess the Cat puppet (of Postman Pat fame) from someone on the Internet. This is the cutest thing I have ever knitted! I ended up knitting three of them, two in the original colours and one in an orange stripey. As this pattern came from England, I could not find Country Style Dk Snowlflake yarn in my local stores, so I had to use substitute yarns. I used Bernat Baby Boucle http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=babyboucle
for the white fluffy parts and oddments of yarn for the eyes and nose. For the black fur I used Lion Brand Woolease http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/woolease.htm
. The stripy cat's stripes were knitted in Woolease (Gold and Cocoa) also. However, I think he (they) came out very well, even though I knitted from a different yarn. I gave two away, but kept one for myself!