Mrs Everybody has knitted her first cat nip mouse! She is going to make some more and send them to the homeless cats at Battersea Dog and Cats Home. The mice should help to keep the rescued cats and kittens amused. Perhaps you might like to knit for charity too?
You Can Learn How to Knit TooThere are many knitting groups across the UK, so if you don’t know how to knit, it is easy to find out.
If you have never so much as picked up a pair of knitting needles, you will invariably have friends who know how to knit, so it is worth asking for their help to get started.
This mouse pattern uses just a few different stitch types and some increases and decreases, so it is the next level of difficulty from knitting squares for blankets or wooly scarves. I hope that you will take up the challenge and keep those cats in high humour.
Here is the page on the Battersea Dog and Cat Home website giving several cat toy patterns. I used the pattern called ‘Knitted Mice.’
The pattern calls for size 6 (4mm) knitting needles for the body, a size 4 (3.5mm) knitting needles for the ears and a size 3.5mm crochet hook for the tail. I had two colours of wool, but used very little indeed, so it is a good way to use up left over yarn. You will need a wool needle to stitch the mouse up, for stitching on the eyes, ears, whiskers and tail and also something to stuff the mouse with.
I used pure aran wool for the body and ears, undyed wool for the eyes, tail and whiskers, and raw sheep fleece washed in naturally anti-bacterial hemp oil soap for the innards. I wanted to make a biodegradable toy or one which if little bits were eaten wouldn’t harm the pussy cat. I use bamboo knitting needles as I like the feel and the clacking sound they make.
My mouse has rather large ears as I didn’t have the exact needle size and the body might be a bit long, but I did knit it in the passenger seat in the van while on navigation duty. When I sewed the mouse up (at home) I put some cat nip herb inside, to make my knitted creation irresistible to kitties.
Knitting is Crazy
Knitting is becoming our new national craze and it has been taking the headlines, cafes and art galleries by storm.
In Britain we are justly proud of our ‘Gorilla Knitters’ who decorate bland street furniture and fittings and make lots of people smile, laugh and take photos. For more inspiration visit the whodunnknit website! If you live in London there is the Stitch London group.
For more charity knitting projects click here.
Happy knitting where ever you are!
Mrs Everybody X