Occasionally, in my spare time I enjoy a little knitting and might make myself or my husband a scarf or hat. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was young and then a little later taught me to knit. (Her first attempt at teaching me to knit was a total failure because I just wasn’t catching on!) I am by no means nimble with yarn and patterns are like reading Greek for me. I can count on my hands the number of things I’ve ever knitted or crocheted.
With that said, every time I go to the craft store I see the over sized yarn and think ‘it’s so cool, what could I ever do with that?’ Then I saw a cat bed made from jumbo yarn, I had to make one too!
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I watched a number of YouTube videos and settled on this video. The woman in the video is thorough and goes at a good pace. Don’t feel bad about watching and re-watching the video, I did too! I used two bundles of this yarn. This is “arm crocheting” so no additional crocheting tools are needed. I also used a binder clip to keep track of my beginning stitch, I found this extremely helpful in minimizing the confusion.
Ultimately, below is the “pattern” (using the term loosely since I can’t read patterns, I certainly don’t know how to write one) I used, consider them my notes, after using the video as a guide. I made the bed larger to accommodate my bigger kitty, ~13lbs and possibly still growing. The first version of the bed was way too small for Gherkin, luckily this is easy to unravel and try again. Last thing anyone wants is a cat bed that no one can fit in!
- Row 1 – 3 straight stitches
- Row 2 – 3 double stitches (total stitches: 6)
- Row 3 – 6 double stitches (total stitches: 12)
- Row 4 – alternating 1 single stitch, 1 double stitch (total stitches: 18)
- Row 5 – alternating 2 single stitches, 1 double stitch (total stitches: 24)
- Row 6 – alternating 3 single stitches, 1 double stitch (total stitches: 30)
- Rows 7+ – single stitch until desired completion
The whole bed took maybe 45 minutes and that includes starting over once to make the bed larger. Once it was done, Gherkin could not wait to hop in and do what kitties do best, take a nap! Tinkerbell and Tidbit also enjoyed the new nap spot!
When we recently moved into our new home and we knew that we wanted to put the litter boxes in the basement. Not that we don’t love our furry girls, we just don’t love seeing the boxes, plus they get a little added privacy while doing their business (and who doesn’t want their privacy). The new house has a door at the top of the basement stairs and obviously, our kitties (usually) can’t open doors for themselves, despite their best efforts (if they could, then I’d be writing a different story!). I scoured the web for a solution finding a plethora of exterior pet doors. Finally, I found the cat door by Cathole. Reviews on a few websites only sang praises for this product, so I immediately added it to my online cart and within a few days, it was at my door.
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As it normally goes, I was eyeing up the next feline-oriented purchase, trying to decide if it will be a major success or snubbed like the pile of orphaned toys it the cat toybox. I don’t remember where I first saw the Hepper Pod but instantly thought it was awesome. Any piece of cat furniture that’s aesthetic and functional is a win-win, so here’s our Hepper Pod review!
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As we know, with the warming temperatures, kitten season is around the corner! Few things are more fun and rewarding than going to a shelter, knowing you are taking home a cute, little, energetic kitten or maybe a more mature, laid back (ie lower maintenance) cat. This to ten must-have for new cat parents list goes beyond the basics food, water and vet visits. These ten recommendations have been critically reviewed by Tinkerbell and Tidbit (aka the girls), who are different as a sleepy laid back night and a jittery, caffeine filled morning.
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Ever find yourself sitting at your table to realize that your favorite feline is quietly sitting at your feet, perhaps one that sometimes imitates a clingy shadow? I repeatedly find myself in this situation. Ironically, my black cat is the one that lurks, lingers and silently sidles me, despite the bell on her collar. As I often find myself trolling the internet for new and exciting cat products, I came across the Cat Crib! No, it’s not an actual crib that you tuck your cat into every night. This can’t be judged on its name alone! This is a creatively designed product that, unlike some cat furnishings, keeps space and discretion in mind. It’s a hammock styled cat lounge that attaches to the legs of a chair! The best part is that it takes up no additional room and unless you know it’s there, most people wouldn’t notice it. SOLD!
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