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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It's That Time of Year Again...

Getting ready for fall ...

Cat mats!

This batch is for my stray kitties, to line their porch boxes with. Last years' collection will go underneath the new mats for this year, for extra cozy cushioning.

I've mentioned these before -- the mats use up a LOT of yarn, so if you have large amounts of inexpensive (acrylic) yarn to use up, cat mats are a great way to go.

I wind four strands of yarn into giant balls, and then crochet mats out of them.

When I first started knitting, I bought a lot of yarn I wouldn't dream of knitting with now. That, plus odds-n-ends such as a quarter-skein of baby yarn and a ball of truly hideous knobby acrylic, and some cheapy yarn that was given to me by someone whose mother quit knitting due to arthritis ... it all makes very vivid, warm, and much-appreciated cat mats. If you don't have cats, shelters love to receive these. Cats love to dig their claws in to them, and doggies love to lay on comfy yarny beds.

I'm still working on the skirt. Not very quickly, because I'm also preparing for two races next month (5 miles and 8 miles) and I'm still enough of a running newb to think those are great distances. But rest assured the skirt is plodding along!

So don't forget to pop by Tamis Amis for Work-in-Progress Wednesday, and I leave you with this really weird bug I saw in my front yard:

Happy Trails!


  1. The cats are so very lucky to have you... maybe I should make some for our dogs. ??

    I think your bug is some sort of cricket.

  2. That is a really great use of yarn!! I agree with Kathryn that it looks like a cricket, but a big, juicy sort of cricket. I've asked a buggy friend of mine if she knows what it is, I like a good mystery!

  3. That is a really weird bug!
    Great way to stash-bust!
    Marigolds' Loft

  4. Nice idea to use up the old yarn!

  5. This is such a lovely idea! Lucky cats!

  6. Super idea! I'm going to do that. I have lots of ugly yarn from years ago and a dog that loves to root around in her bed and ends up tearing it and a cat that doesn't have a bed except for mine which I share with her. My other dog is a Rottweiler so it would have to be a REALLY big mat for her although she does have a big comfy bed of her own that she doesn't dig around in like the Dachshund! I love it when a plan comes together! Thank you!


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