I recently moved house, and as many of you cat owners know, they do not take very kindly to change. In past relocations, one of my cats (Mrs. Robinson) has found such good hiding spots that it’s usually a good week before she allows herself to be detected. My other cat (Squid) responds by talking. A lot. So much so that I’m pretty sure he’s convinced himself that I am perfectly capable of understanding his secret language and that if he chats with me enough he can stop me from holding back this knowledge and I will start mew-mew-mewing in fluent kitty cat responses. This is not so.
I felt really badly about uprooting them and Squid’s 2 a.m. bedside chats were not going to work for me either. I needed to come up with an appropriate enticement for each of them. One thing that has always been successful in the past is catnip. Some cats could care less, but to mine it is like dying and going to kitty heaven. As a result, I came up with this quick stash-busting kitty toy slash catnip delivery method for their enjoyment.
For this project, I used:
Size G/6 (4mm) hook
Any old DK weight scrap yarn I had lying around in various colors
Practice plastic golf balls, with holes in them
First, I inserted my hook into one of the golf balls holes and out through another.
I pulled up a loop to the inside of the golf ball, and reached my hook in to the hole adjacent the one in which I pulled up the loop. Voila! The start of a chain.
The pattern I worked is as follows:
Rnd 1: Ch 7, sl st through 1st ch to form a ring. Sc 12 into the ring. Place marker for the beginning of the round.
Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 3: 2 Sc in each sc around—24 sts.
Rnds 4-5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: Dc in each sc around.
This is where I worked in the end of my yarn at the beginning of the work (so as to not leave a hole for things to fall out) and sprinkled the catnip in the holes of the golf ball. You could really do this at any point.
Rnds 7-8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: Sc2tog around—12 sts.
Rnd 10: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 11: Sc2tog around—6 sts. Fasten off.
In the striped version, I simply switched colors on Rnd 6, and back to the main color on Rnd 7. I also held both colors together and made a chain. You could make this crazy long for extra fun if you wanted.
I hope your feline friends enjoy these treats as much as mine.
Mrs. Robinson and Squid enjoying their treats...
Happy crocheting to you and your kittens,