Do you remember the old Palmolive dish liquid commercials with Madge doing a manicure using Palmolive? Well, after felting 50 cat toys, I was in serious need of Madge to do a manicure! But look at this:
Completed cat toys
That is my pile of cat toys. All done, stuffed with cat nip and jingle bells, sewn up, with long yarn tails. You can find them here in my online store. I’ll have them at my next craft show as well as here at the farm! Give your feline friend a treat for Valentine’s Day!
Tennis elbow. Torn ACLs. Pulled hamstrings. I’ve even heard of muscle cramps from too much treadling on a spinning wheel. But I think I have acquired “felter’s thumb”!
Last week, I set about my goal of felting 50 cat toys. I did 10 on Wednesday. I usually limit the time felting to a couple hours – because that is as long as my hands can take being in dish soap. With the first felting action on Friday of holding my little plastic form in my left hand, wrapping fiber around the plastic, adding some hot water and tapping the dry fiber into the soapy water with my thumbs, a pain shot up my right thumb. It was quite odd, since I hadn’t noticed any discomfort at the end of the felting session on Wed. I use my right thumb to do most of the squishing of the dry fiber into the water and wet fiber, so it seemed to complain the most. I did finish 10 toys on Friday, but took the weekend off. I just finished my quota of 10 for today and my thumb didn’t hurt too much. We’ll see what tomorrow brings – no day of rest! I want to have this felting job done. Soap will soon be in my felting future.
- Ready for play
Here are the first 20 cat toys. They are stuffed and sewn shut. They are ready for some kitten who thinks it is a lion to chase it and wrestle it to the ground.
Today I began to work on a new goal – 50 cat toys by winter’s end. (not that I’ve completed my other goals, just diversifying)
- Tools for felting
I separated bats of carded fiber into strips, wrapped the strips around those little white ovals of plastic and felted it by rubbing it in bubble wrap, adding hot water and dish soap. I’ve shown this process before so won’t repeat all the details. After a few hours, I have dish-pan hands, sore feet from standing in one place, a tray of dirty soap bubbles and
Ready to be filled
10 cat toys (there are 2 black ones, hard to see them). These are already dry. Next they get stuffed with catnip and the holes sewn up tight.
I have been a felting fool of late!
These 67 bars of felted soap went to meet their maker! Their soap-maker, that is. The folks from All Things Herbal picked these up. I still have 46 bars here, 8 of which I felted today.
Below is the before shot.
I knit these 5 pair of mittens. If you count the boards in the flooring, you can see they are about one board width smaller below.
And then I felted them. So warm and cozy.
In the works
Above are soon-to-be cat toys. They are currently just puffed up felted blobs of alpaca fiber drying on a rack. But I’ll stuff with cat nip and sew the hole shut and some lucky kitty will get them for Christmas!
Wow! Three felting projects, three different felting methods. There is no end to the ways to use the wonderful alpaca fiber!
Nine pair of wrist warmers
The cream and green pairs are complete. The mustard yellow just need the frilly edge and seams sewn. They will be listed soon!
In the middle:
Ten cat toys
These will be cat toys. The felted outside just needs to dry a little longer. Then I will stuff with cat nip and a jingle bell and sew up the hole.
On the horizon:
22 skeins of yarn
This will become wrist warmers some day soon.
This Friday, Aug 5 is Pie Day in Braham. We will be there! Please come and check out our booth.
Next Saturday, Aug 13 is the St Michael Daze and Knights festival. We’ll be there too!
I’m starting to sign up for fall craft shows, so keep an eye on the Events page of my website so you don’t miss out.
Last week I made a bunch of cat toys.
A trio of toys
They are felted alpaca fiber, filled with cat nip (mmmm, cat nip) that was picked and dried by a friend. The hole is sewn shut with alpaca yarn and I leave the ends extra long for lots of playful fun. Oh – and a jingle bell is tucked inside too.
You can find them for sale in my online store
. Give your kitty a new toy for spring!
And here they are.
Completed cat toys
Felted alpaca ovals are stuffed with catnip and jingle bells and sewed tight with alpaca yarn. They have long yarn ends for your kitties to play with. Cats love them!