My Knitting is Made with Love (and Cat Hair)

cat and afghan

I don’t knit with mohair yarn; it makes me itch. But don’t worry that I’m doomed to smooth yarn projects only. Once I start knitting, enough cat hair makes its way into the yarn to create that characteristic fuzzy quality.

cat and afghan
Alpaca/bamboo yarn, size 15 needles, and thou.

This is pretty much every knitting project ever. As soon as it’s more than 4″ long, one of the cats wants to nest on it, regardless of how inconvenient that might make my ssk.

I spend a great deal of knitting time wrestling yarn away from cats and convincing them that no, that $20-a-skein yarn is not meant for them to floss their teeth with.

I have actually adopted this trick I found on Pinterest.

Cat plus knitting; use the pot to hold the yarn
I call this “Still Life for Single Woman.” Use the pot to keep the yarn contained.

The yarn goes in the pot, and the working strand comes out the spout. It works a treat as long as I keep the lid on. If I forget, one of the cats inevitably tries to fish out the yarn ball and make off with it.

So if you receive one of my hand-knitted gifts, you know it’s made with love. From ALL of us.

Fraudulent Farmgirl
I teach garden and homesteading skills—the stuff your great-grandmother knew how to do. But if there's a faster, cheaper, or easier way to do it, I'll find it!By day, I design earth-friendly gardens for Spotts Garden Service. By night, I don my Wellies to become the Fraudulent Farmgirl. On my small urban homestead, I've ripped out the front lawn to plant vegetables and fruit trees, turned the garage into a chicken coop and grown enough strawberries to feed half the neighborhood.

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