Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Fa la la la la....
Oh yes, the holidays are upon us! I've been working away on little fun projects, making all sorts of gifts and gathering items to wrap up or stuff into stockings. That's my favorite part of the holiday season: the finding of the perfect gift for each person on my list. I'm not knitting up a storm this year, although there are a couple of things that have hit the needles.
One of them are for the smaller members of the household. No, not the rodents hiding in the crawlspaces. These are for the cats. While my house cat Miss Vida has sadly declined to catch living mice, she does love these catnip filled knitted versions. Yes, Vida is a 'nip addict. She loves these mice...I've had to start hiding them in the closet (and locking the door so she can't break in and steal them.)
They are terrible simple to make: With scrap sock yarn or DK weight yarn, cast on 20 stitches onto US size 2 needles. Use the long tail cast on method, leaving a "tail" of at least six inches. Knit across, and continue in garter stitch (knitting each row) until work measures about one inch. Start decreasing by K1, K2Together, knit across to last three stitches, K2Together, K1. Next row, knit across. Continue in this manner until four stitches remain. K2Together, leaving two stitches, then K2Together and pull yarn through last stitch ending work. Cut yarn leaving at least eight inches to sew up work. Fold in half like a taco, and you'll see the mouse take shape. Using the "tail", sew up the short square end. Pull the remaining tail through, and trim to be about three inches or so long (to be the mouse's tail). Using the yarn left from ending your work, start sewing up the long angled edge at the point of the nose. After you sew up as far as the mouse's forehead (ok, use your imagination...) stop sewing and stuff in the dried up, crumbled up Herb of the Cat Gods: catnip. If you can track down some nice organic garden grown stuff. Don't use fresh, as it will mold inside the mouse...and that's just gross. You'll need a couple tablespoons or so to fill your mouse. Once stuffed, continue to sew up your mouse closing off the pocket and weave the end back through the stitches to secure it.
Delicious catnip mice. Who wouldn't want to find that in their stocking?