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November 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments

catnip mice

Dan has an uncle who just got two kittens, Boz and Frieda. Adam and Becky LOVE the kittens (the spazzier of the cats, in particular, seems to be a kindred spirit with Adam in that they will both go and go and go until they Cannot. Go. Anymore. and then they conk out where they fall), and this is the year that the kids kind of understand what’s going on with the holidays. I thought it might be fun for the kids to help make some catnip mice for the cats, so I’ve been poking around looking for patterns.

I found this one, linked from WendyKnits. Cute, and I thought I would go with that until a) time started getting short and b) I realized that, despite my best intentions, my kids can’t really knit yet. :) (They are getting there. Becky thinks she can knit — she’s two rows into a garter stitch washcloth, and every day she’s pretty sure she’s going to finish that up and then make some socks for Grandma Kathy — and she is better than one might think, for a four-year-old. But she’s not quite as skilled as she thinks she is. This is genetic.) Today I’ve learned that sewing patterns for catnip mice are harder to find than knitted ones, and the ones that are out there are a titch more complicated than I’d like. I’ve learned that giant yarn pompoms are also good for kitties (and they can be stored in a plastic bag of catnip). I’ve learned that an AWFUL lot of catnip mice that are out there for sale look an AWFUL lot like rats, which sent me looking for Absolutely Anything Else, and I found this darling little whale toy. But still, I would have to knit that (I may well actually do the knitting, it’s so cute), and the kids couldn’t be very much involved at all.

Then I found this little gem of an instruction set. For this one, pretty much all I’m needed for is making the pattern and doing the sewing. Kids can pick the fabric, cut out the shape, stuff the thing, and maybe even draw on a face. Even better, I have most of the supplies at my house already. I’m not exactly sure where to buy catnip — I know my MIL has grown it, but it’s clearly not in season. Maybe the pet store? Or bulk herbs at the grocery store? Suggestions?

Tags: knitting · daily · quilts and sewing · kid stuff

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Melissa // Nov 20, 2007 at 11:44 am

    We’ve purchased kitty wacky weed in the past at the big box pet store. Our current batch is in an 8 oz. container.

  • 2 Cheryl // Nov 20, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    What perfect timing; I was just searching for sewn mice patterns!

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