I finally got around to knitting my first one, and before I had even finished sewing him up, my cat Lola was waiting rather impatiently to have a crack at him. This toy was even more special because this summer I have been growing catnip in my balcony garden. Catnip is a wonderful plant. You can cut it right back to barely nothing and it will grow again. I have been doing this all summer and have been drying it for just such an occasion. Before sewing up the toy I rolled some of the dried catnip in the stuffing that was going into the little mouse. Lola was beside herself and I have posted some cute pictures below. The toy is now lying in the corner in a soggy mess and the cat is fast asleep after a catnip high.
For any knitters that might be reading this blog I would highly recommend this easy and adorable pattern from Laura Long that you can download from http://a.allaboutyou.com/pattern/52399.pdf
The Battersea is still accepting toys, but I am sure there are many local sheltered cats that would love to have a special handmade gift. Now that Lola is sated I am casting on for another mouse that will be going to a local shelter.
|I snapped a few quick photos before Lola got at her|
|Checking her out with a good sniff|
|Oh, this is such a yummy toy!|
|Wild kitty catnip attack!|