Cats love yarn and wool – it’s a fact.
Depending on the age and personality of your little feline friend, they may choose to interact with your (their) yarn or wool differently.
Dexter – our oldest and the only boy – likes to snuggle up with roving, wrap it around his paws and body, and left to his own devices takes about ten minutes to look like “Mummy-Cat”, running around the house with a fluffy train reminiscent of Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
He knows exactly where I store everything, and each time I open a specific wardrobe or closet, he’ll storm into the room knowing he has an opportunity to sneak inside and swim around in piles of wool. It starts off as cute, then gets slightly annoying, and then I realize I’m just jealous that I don’t have enough wool to roll around in just like him. One day . . .
Yarn is where Dexter’s interest begins to wane and Suki, the baby, gets involved. Dexter could care less about a ball of yarn I’m knitting with or my baskets upon baskets of yarn stored in my studio. Suki, however, lives for chasing yarn tails around the house, pawing at my working yarn, or cuddling up inside one of the baskets. Oftentimes, since she’s such fabulous ginger cat, she’ll blend in with the yarn and I won’t realize that she’s stuck in the studio until she wakes up from her nap and I can see her pawing at the glass door so she can be let out.
And what about Mila? Well, she prefers finished objects. Mila is a lap cat, but will only sit on a blanket or other piece of warm, fuzzy fabric. In the summer, we’ll blast the air conditioning just to get it cold enough to justify a lap blanket – Mila will just meow until you place it on your lap so she can have a seat. In the winter, she’s most content – there’s plenty of knitting in my lap when she’s ready to sit down, and while it makes turning my work difficult sometimes, I’ve really gotten used to it. Once I place the work down on the couch to step away though, all bets are off. She’ll cuddle with a WIP and gets really angry when I attempt to pick my knitting back up – I tell myself it is the universe’s way of telling me I should take some time to tidy, clean, do laundry, etc., and entertain myself until she’s done.
I appreciate the predictability and balance. Dexter isn’t interested unless I’m spinning. Suki only cares about yarn when I’m winding it from a skein into a cake, and Mila doesn’t really come calling until the project is big enough to lay on, which takes a while. All and all, there isn’t a lot of cat interference in my fiber world, and I know I’m blessed.
This all changed with Pagewood Farm’s Plumes. Wool AND feathers is the catnip of the fiber world for my feline children, and as happy I was to finally utilize the yarn (it’s been sitting in my stash for over a year) and make a fun, warm hat for Mr. Joseph, it was a battle to keep all three cats away from it long enough for me to get anything done.
Mila was chewing on the feathers from yarn still wound up in a ball, Suki was busy pawing at my working yarn, and Dexter decided to rub up against the back of my neck (I tension my yarn there), sniffing away obsessively at the wool. The only conclusion I can make is that a collective of cats is responsible for designing Plumes. If a representative from Pagewood could confirm this, it would be appreciated (and please put a warning on the label).
I literally had to lock myself in a room to finish this project. Only a few feathers were lost in the process, and I’m very happy with the finished look:
Plumes will be my first pattern on Ravelry. I’m writing it up, and looking for test knitters, so if you have a skein lying around (one skein and a complimentary chunky yarn will be enough yardage to makeup to two medium/large sized adult hats) or would be interested in investing in the materials to test knit this hat, please feel free to either message me here or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be looking for test knitters through the month of March, with a pattern release slated for the first week of April. Yay!
In the meantime, it’s back to the blanket border knitting for me. Happy Friday, everyone!
About Hunter Liam
Hunter's grandmother had him making buttons and threading her sewing machine at the age of three. Ever since then, he's been obsessed with making things with his hands as a form of creative expression.Knitter, spinner, designer, writer, photographer, dancer . . . or just a creative soul with ADD.