cat bed finished!

June 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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I keep forgetting to take a picture of this, and I finally remembered today!  Here is mama Memphis kitty all blissed out in the finished cat bed I made with those fabric strips my mom gave me.  In other fabric strip update news, I can also report that my test basket went through the washing machine just fine.

Some recent favorites

September 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Posted in other people's awesome crafts | Leave a comment
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There’s so much cool stuff for sale on etsy, I want to share it all the time~!

Here are three nifty things that I’ve recently added to my favorites.  Click the pictures to go to their etsy listings:

That last one’s great for Halloween, eh?

cooperative crafting

April 18, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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For my birthday a few months ago, my sister Treeb gave me a bag full of scrap yarn, plus some extra granny squares from an afghan she’d recently finished. If you know me, you’ll know that this was a super-awesome gift. Scrap yarn is just about my favorite thing in the world. I’ve made several projects out of that bag, and I still have yarn left. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the granny squares, though. I unraveled a few of them because they had a color of yarn I wanted, but I felt bad doing that.

Well, I came up with a use for one of them: this cozy cat bed I just made! The color matched the other yarns I was using perfectly, so I sewed it on as a little decorative patch. 🙂 I am very happy with how it turned out.

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My cats wanted to keep it, but they have enough cat beds that I’ve made for them already. I wouldn’t even know where to put another one! So this one’s up for sale on etsy, for someone else’s cat to love.

this post is for Treeb

November 19, 2008 at 12:04 am | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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I’m making her this giant granny square blanket. But whenever I try to tidy it away in its basket when I’m not working on it, one of the kitties pulls it out all over the bed and curls up on it. Silly kitties.

helping with the crochet blanket

Done Already

January 16, 2008 at 8:37 pm | Posted in projects | 1 Comment
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I love it when I have a project I’m so excited about that I can hardly put it down.  Last night I put the finishing touches on my asymmetrical scrapghan, just a few days after I started it.  Tonight I took it to yoga class and wrapped myself in it during our moments of deep relaxation at the end of class.  I’m very happy with the way it turned out!  Instead of the crochet ripple I had originally envisioned, I decided to go further with the theme of scraps.  I dug out three orphaned granny squares and a knit cable sampler from my yarn project dresser and used them as the center of the blanket, crocheting outwards in a spiral with six corners dictated by the odd shape of the granny squares and knit piece.

 My cats like it, too!

cat on blanket

How to make a mouse

November 4, 2007 at 4:53 am | Posted in pattern | 6 Comments
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cat mice

I make toy mice for my cats.  While Darjeeling mews at me and bats one around the carpet and drags it around by the tail, I’m going to share the pattern.  Here goes!

Use double-pointed needles, whatever size is appropriate for the yarn you’re going to use.  Scrap yarn is best because of its gleeful random colors, and because the pattern really doesn’t take much yarn.

Cast on nine stitches over three needles, three per needle, leaving a long tail.  Knit one round.  On the second round, increase in the middle stitch on each needle.  On the third round, increase in both middle stitches on each needle.  You should now have six stitches per needle.  If you want a larger mouse, do one more round of increases.  Otherwise, knit two rounds.  After the two knit rounds, start decreasing by two stitches per round.  You can arrange these decreases any way you like.  I usually line them up into two seams, but this isn’t necessary.  When you have decreased until there’s only one stitch on each needle, cut the yarn off, again leaving a long tail.  Pull the yarn through the remaining stitches to close off the nose, then pull the end of the yarn through the body of the mouse so it is trailing through the opening at the back of the mouse.  Stuff the body with batting or scraps of fabric and add a pouch of catnip if desired.  While you are stuffing, be sure to keep the two ends of the yarn outside the body.  Once you’ve stuffed it full enough, thread whichever end of yarn is longer through all the beginning stitches, and tighten to close the opening.  Make sure that the mouse’s face isn’t getting smooshed in, which will happen if that end of the yarn is pulled too tight.  To make a tail for the mouse, add a length of yarn to the back of the mouse by pulling it through near the closure with both ends trailing, then braid all the loose ends together, knot, and trim nicely.  Add more lengths of yarn for a thicker or more colorful braid.  I usually knit with two or more colors anyway, so I don’t need to add more yarn at the end because I already have enough strands for a lovely braid.  Now you’re done!

Optional embellishments:  crochet some ears on!  knot some yarn at the nose to make whiskers!  add beady black eyes!

Important: please take the mouse away from your cat and discard it if your cat chews it apart.  It can be very dangerous for a cat to ingest yarn, and this is supposed to be a fun toy, not a nasty trip to the vet!

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