Wednesday, March 29, 2017

More Cat Mats

Since my last post, DD has moved twice. First she came home with her two kitties, Cleo and Gemini. Anticipating a long stay, DH and I cleared my two-room studio on the side of the jail and created an adorable apartment for her. Alas, it was not to be--within two weeks she had been hired by a mining company in Montana and she and I spent a fun weekend driving 24 hours to her new work location. DH and I are looking after Cleo and Gemini, and I'm happy to report that Mr. Fuzz and Gemini are thick as thieves. Mr. Fuzz has rediscovered cat toys and any number of energetic pursuits, thanks to his daily interaction with his younger cousin, or nephew, or whatever.

What lasted for me from our darling daughter's eight-month adventure in Wisconsin was an abiding interest in working up my mom's yarn stash into cat mats for the Angel's Wish Foundation ( The first photo above is the last batch of cat mats turned over the day she left Wisconsin. The top one is kind of embarrassing; I was gleefully crocheting up a pattern, then discovered I didn't have enough yarn to finish it, and had to add completely different colors to finish it. DD calls this one "broken television." The pink one is made of a very soft chenille yarn that I should have stabilized before donating, but what can I say, I was in a hurry and distracted by the upheaval in our house.

The lower photograph is of a batch of mats that I hope to pack up and walk over to the post office today to send out. The top one is actually made from a sport weight yarn; my mom crocheted it in the hospital, just a couple of days after suffering a stroke a few years ago. I stitched a piece of leftover fleece to the bottom to stabilize it and added the fringe to help it lie flat. It really represents a triumph over adversity and I hope its future owner loves it.

I'm about to run out of rug yarn soon, so future mats will probably be made of double strands of worsted or sport weight yarn. There is a seemingly never-ending supply in my mom's house, so I'm looking forward to trying out some new stitch designs on those unsuspecting kitties. This project would be a real triumph if I could get my mom, the master crocheter, to start making them, too. (Are you reading this, Thelma?)