View Full Version : KH Monthly Challenge: August

08-01-2005, 12:53 PM
I've got the NEXT 3 months all ready, but since August doens't have any holidays, I was stumped!!!! KK and I were throwing around a few different ideas... most of them (on my end) had to do with ice cream :-) BUT, here's what we came up with:

August 20th is National Homeless Animals Day. The KH challenge for this month will be to knit something that can be donated to your local animal shelter. (Optional: knit two things, donate one, and use the other for the animal you adopt when you drop off your donated item :-) ) The International Society for Animal Rights has some more info on the observance here (http://www.isaronline.org/campaign_NHAD.htm).

Click here (www.petfinder.com) to go to Petfinder: put in your zipcode to find a shelter in your area to whom you can donate. Your local shelter might be sponsoring an event--call them to find out!

Some pattern links:
Amy's pet patterns link page (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/free_patterns/pets.php)

Kat-nip toys (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTdimsum.html) and Dog sweater (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall03/PATTpenny.html) from Knitty. these are also linked from amy's page

Sweaters, toys, beds and blankets (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/pets.php) from Knitting Pattern Central-- these are outside links, and some are in PDF format.

Bella Online (http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art5324.asp) has a lot of links fot dog and cat sweaters, including some for sweater "generators" where you plug in measurements and get a custom sweater. I would like to STRONGLY suggest the links for sweaters for greyhounds and other large dogs... they need sweaters too, just like small dogs who have thin hair and skin.

Other links, found by the glorious KK:
Pet Afghan (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-petAfghan.html) from Lion Brand

Catnip toy (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kff-catnipMouse.html) fromLion Brand

Several patterns (http://knitting.about.com/library/blpetpat.htm) from About.com.... I especially like the felted Kitty basket.

Don't forget the doggie sweater and kitty bed patterns in Stitch and Bitch. Also, any pattern for baby blankets can be converted to pet blankets!

I usually try to make the challenge something that can be worked into whatever project you are already working on, so there is no need to start something new, and everyone can participate. BUT this is such an important cause, that I think it deserves it's own project :-) If you are one of those people who saves swatches (like me) you can sew those together to make a pet pillow, kitty catnip toy, a patchwork sweater (if you're creative) or blanket. Everyone can participate in this challenge: pets are easy to knit for!!!!

When you participate, please post a link to the pattern, or mention the book it's from, so others can gets some ideas. If you happen to be browsing around and find more links, post those too!

Can't wait to see what everyone does!!!! Happy Knitting!

08-01-2005, 01:25 PM
:cheering: That is a GREAT idea! We are in process of adopting from a rescue group (don't forget them as well! most work totally on volunteer and donations only) and the need for simple things is enormous!

08-01-2005, 03:24 PM
YAYYYYYYYYY! Im ALL excited! :cheering:

Other ideas (if you just CANT find time to add an item to your "to-knit" list...

Animal shelters LOVE donations of old towels and old blankets to provide comfiness in their guests' cages. Also, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, bleach, dishwashing liquid, . Next time you are at Sam's Club or CostCo, pick up an extra GIANT SIZE cleaning product for your local shelter! Check their website for special "wish list" items!

Im fairly sure Im gonna make a felted kitty bed......

08-01-2005, 04:06 PM
OOH, What a great idea! :thumbsup: I was just thinking about this the other day, trying to figure out how to make a kitty (or doggy) bed that I could somehow fill w/cedar to keep the buggies away ... I think I'll make a practice one to donate! I have never bought an animal, they've all been adopted dogs (and 1 cat) that would have otherwise gone to shelters... I think this is a great project and a great cause... Plus, it'll give the animals something reassuring to take with them to their new homes! :cheering:

08-03-2005, 09:22 PM
I bought yarn today for my Kitty Bed (http://wendyknits.net/knit/kittybed.htm)!!!

Got some Araucania Nature Wool Chunky (http://www.araucaniayarns.com/ColorCard_Wool2.html) )color CA03 on TOTAL sale at Kool Knits in Naperville....Noro would have been 34 + tax....this was under 20! :cheering:

There are some really COOL color variations in this yarn. I LIKEY!

08-04-2005, 09:40 PM
i made the catnip wonton for kitties, started it last night, stuffed and closed it tonight. my little monkey Frida has been busy "testing" it ever since. she wasn't quite sure what to make of it, but got really mad at my husband for taking it away from her.

here are some pictures...

...don't forget your local PetSmart as a place to drop off goodies - it's a good way to connect with local rescue groups. In fact that's where we got monkey and Katie-bear, our pup-pup (our other pup-pup came from a traditional shelter).

08-04-2005, 10:30 PM
YAYY! The shelter kitties will love those too! Do they have catnip in them?

08-04-2005, 11:38 PM
I just emailed my local HS to see if they accept handmade items. I am excited to hear back...I wanted to be sure they can before starting any. Don't know if I'll get much done by the end of the month, but hey... it's something i've wanted to do for months. Now this month's KAL has lit a fire under me! :happydance:

08-05-2005, 07:21 AM
YAYY! The shelter kitties will love those too! Do they have catnip in them?

yep, i have lots of the nip for my kitty (she's hooked, as evident from the numerous teeth marks on the bag). I also stuffed it with a couple of cotton balls to add volume.

DH had put the wonton in her room (yes, my cat has her own room) last night, and this morning I found it in the living room, so i think it's an official success...

08-05-2005, 06:23 PM
WONDERFUL fibergirl!!!! Fabulous! Brilliant!

I'm glad they are "kitty approved" :-)

So far, I have made the bottom of a kitty bed, with woolease and this patons blue/purple/green feathery stuff. It is hexagonal shaped. I'm going to look through the stash and find other stuff I don't need for the sides. If I feel abmitious, i might try the kitty mouse toys in S&BNation.

08-05-2005, 06:30 PM
What pattern are you using, Hild?? Are ya just winging it?

08-05-2005, 06:50 PM
yep, just trying to use up stuff i don't need.

08-05-2005, 07:05 PM
I bought yarn today for my Kitty Bed (http://wendyknits.net/knit/kittybed.htm)!!!

Got some Araucania Nature Wool Chunky (http://www.araucaniayarns.com/ColorCard_Wool2.html) )color CA03 on TOTAL sale at Kool Knits in Naperville....Noro would have been 34 + tax....this was under 20! :cheering:

There are some really COOL color variations in this yarn. I LIKEY!

OK I went to your links but I couldn't find this yarn on sale, for sale or any kind o sale. Where'd you get it?

08-05-2005, 07:47 PM
Woo Hoo! :happydance:
The HS emailed me back and said they would appreciate help making blankets for the pets to take home with them. The gal even said they have a bunch of yarn I can use. I am pumped to go get it and see what I can do for them :cheering:

08-05-2005, 09:01 PM
OK I went to your links but I couldn't find this yarn on sale, for sale or any kind o sale. Where'd you get it?

The LYS in Naperville has this AMAZING sale ROOM. I dont think they post their sale stuff online.

08-06-2005, 11:59 AM
:cheering: Great idea Hildie! :heart: Love it!!!

I've been wanting to make the Kitty Pi cat bed (http://theknittinggarden.com/gallery-march/mar-free-3.htm) for ages! Kelly, that's the one I'll be making too, it's the same one I link to on my pet patterns page, it looks like a very fun project!

I've been back into spinning lately, and I've got a bunch of raw white wool that I've just spun. It will be perfect for a felted cat bed!

The wonton catnip toys look fun too! Thanks for kitty-testing them FiberGirl! ;)
Awesome BinkyKat! Glad you've got the go ahead, and free yarn to boot.

08-06-2005, 12:16 PM
WOW, Amy...your wheel looks ANCIENT. HOW COOL!

08-06-2005, 12:21 PM
Thanks Kelly! It's from the 1800's. I had to make several important parts for it to get it running again, but I love it! :sunny:

08-08-2005, 08:01 PM
heh, I would bet that antique is worth a chunk of change, considering that it still is in use.

08-14-2005, 06:02 AM
Hildie, how's your hexagon???

08-14-2005, 05:30 PM
uhmmmm, still a hexagon :oops:

08-14-2005, 10:11 PM
Well, I picked up the yarn donated to my local humane society and also stopped and picked up some red heart acrylic to do some blankets. I have started the first blanket 3 times 'cuz i started with too small needles then didn't cast on enough, now that I am using bigger needles, I think the bugger is definitely going to be big dog sized ! :oops:
I think to keep in the loop of things, I'll do the smaller blankets "dishcloth" style on crib blanket size. More manageable for carrying my project(s) to work during the week.
I'll see if I can gain some speed and use this project to practice continental. :thumbsup:
Way to go everyone participating, keep on keepin' on! :cheering:

08-15-2005, 01:03 AM
I am currently converting what was supposed to be a cushion cover for DH into my pet bed...The yarn was just too bulky for the cushion cover, but it'll nice and warm and cuddly for a dog or a kitty. I think I'm going to recycle one of dh's old tshirts into an insert that I can fill with cedar to put inside... Now I just have to get started on the ones for my doggies -altho they prefer to crawl under the bed and sleep, or laysprawled out on the floor so we trip over them in the middle of the night :rollseyes:

08-15-2005, 09:33 AM
Great idea, PHM!!!! I was wondering how to add cedar chips--I never thought about using a tshirt!

08-18-2005, 12:58 PM
My Kitty Pi Bed is blocking!!!

This was SUCH a fun project; I think I'm going to make a second one, so I have one for my own cat, and one for the shelter!

This was my most successful project to date using my own home-spun yarn. I'm rather an amateur at spinning, and my yarn is not very even. With a felted project like this, you totally can't tell it's unneven! Love it! I'll definitely be using my home-spun for felted projects in the future!

I used size 11 needles, and followed the pattern exactly. Great pattern. The only thing I added was to thread the CO tail through a tapestry needle and run it through the CO stitches and pull tight to close the little hole at the center. It took a full 1/2 hour of agitation time in the wash to felt to size with my particular yarn. I've put a 12" ruler in the photos for reference. I'll try to get a photo tonight of my kitty trying it out tonight. Until then, here are the photos of my progress....




08-18-2005, 02:54 PM
:thumbsup: Nice job!
Unfortunately for my animal shelter project, my dog has developed an attachment to chewing my 13's - not any other needles, just the 13's that I need for this project... I came home, and she had taken the needle out to chew on - of course it was the one with all the stuitches on it - and there was yarn everywhere :shock: I went from having almost 20 inches of this pillow done, to having about 6 inches... :crying:
Good thing it's only garter stitch, I whipped most of it back up the same night, now it's just time to seam and stuff!!

:?? ever notice when you're working on a bunch of stuff, you tend to finish it all around the same time- and then you have nothing left to work on??

08-18-2005, 03:06 PM
I went from having almost 20 inches of this pillow done, to having about 6 inches... :crying:

Oh nooooo, Rebecca! :(

If it's any consolation, this is the second time I've knit this cat bed, and the first time was a TOTAL FLOP. Literally, it flopped: didn't have any sides to speak of. It was my own attempt at designing a kitty bed pattern, and, ironically, it was NEARLY IDENTICAL to the Kitty Pi pattern, because I, too, based it on EZ's circle method (without having read the Kitty Pi pattern!). But I made it too big, and it was quite pathetic. :lol: But I did enjoy the knitting of it; I'm geeky that way. :blush:

08-18-2005, 05:53 PM
I got lots of pictures of Miss Coo walking away from the bed :rollseyes: after my numerous attempts to put her in it (shouldn't have chosen her dinner time to try). Finally, after dinner, she came back and made herself at home.

Yay, she likes it! :sunny:
....Guess I'll be making a second one!


08-18-2005, 09:19 PM
I'll have to make my Bubba one, too - I like the one I'm doing for the shelter (like I said, it's just a pillow, easy peasy) but I know how cats like to curl up and snuggle...Literally, it flopped: didn't have any sides to speak of. :lol: That's funny - I love designing my own stuff, but occassionally, you just have to trust the experts... Or improvise! You could have folded the sides over and stuffed them to make a nice squishy rim, like a kitty-filled donut! That's the best part of making mistakes; getting creative to make it work anyway! I'm geeky that way (:

08-19-2005, 09:49 AM
:happydance: Kewl kitty bed!!! Lucky you, your cat actually uses the gifts intended for her. I bought a cute little play set/lounge thingy for dear old Smoke and Ocelot. Well - they decided to pee all over it. I guess that was their way of saying they didn't like it? :verysad: I made a wonton for them; I've haven't seen since I gave it to them. I think they hid it from me and secretly played with it in the night. :lol: But as for beds and such ... no no ... :fingerwag: Hmm... considering the fate of the play set/lounge, I shudder to think of what they'll do to a knitted bed. :help: :shock:

...go'head Miss Coo ... work it ... own it ... be one with your beddy bed :cheering:

08-19-2005, 10:50 AM
Oh I LOVE :heart: the kitty bed!!!

I'll try to make a few things sometime soon. You guys are so great for thinking of the shelters and rescue groups. :cheering: :cheering:

08-19-2005, 05:08 PM
AMY that looks GREAT!!! And, Ms. Coo looks QUITE content.

Im wondering if I shouldnt double up the yarn on the sides of that baby...do you think they might stand up better?

I LOVE that you blocked it on a pot...Al has a turkey fryer....I mean kitty bed blocker....that just might work!

08-21-2005, 06:44 PM
OK, here's what I have done of my pillow/bed... I had to reknit again, because my boys wanted to play knights or something, and my needles apparently looked better than the hundreds of toys they have laying around :fingerwag: Boys, sheesh, what are ya gonna do... :inlove:
The yarn is a nice fuzzy boucle, great for snuggling but I am so done trying to pick up stitches with it... :rollseyes:
There seems to be waaay too much yarn left over - I may have to make two.
There was a bit on the news about how the shelter is almost out of money, I'm gonna get some kitty food and litter for them, too. It'll just be a drop in the bucket, but every little bit helps, right?

08-21-2005, 09:15 PM
That's a GREAT idea! Make sure you ask what KIND of food they use first...shelters usually try to keep everyone on the same diet, to avoid as many upset tummies as they can...

Lots of shelters can also use laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, towels, bleach, paper towels, toilet paper....you can't even IMAGINE what it takes to keep those places clean!!

08-21-2005, 10:32 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:
I used to work at a kennel...
(need a holding your nose smilie)
I checked their website, and they said they'd rather have the cash donation than the food itself, just for that reason...makes me a little :blush: because the food and stuff I was going to get doesn't cost that much...but, I know even a little bit helps...

08-21-2005, 11:50 PM
OK I went to your links but I couldn't find this yarn on sale, for sale or any kind o sale. Where'd you get it?

The LYS in Naperville has this AMAZING sale ROOM. I dont think they post their sale stuff online.

WWAAAAaaaaa. Looks like I'll be going through my stash for something to make the Kitty bed with. Hmmmm...now lessee what I got.........

08-23-2005, 12:06 AM
I found something else to knit for this knitalong :
click (http://www.livejournal.com/users/geobabe/227621.html)

I'm thinking of filling it with cotton balls and some catnip. :) The only spare yarn that I have at the moment is a lime color, so that'll be one strange looking kitty!

08-23-2005, 12:30 AM

08-23-2005, 11:27 PM

What she said! :thumbsup:

08-24-2005, 11:42 AM
Well - I bit the 'ol bullet and gave 'ol Smokey the benefit of the doubt. Smoke, the old wise cat, has taken a liking to upper left hand corner of the bed, so I figured I make him a blanky from some stash. I finished his blanky and fluffled it all nice for him in his cozy little corner...

Well - now Smokey doesn't seem to like that corner anymore. It appears (as evident from newly formed cat hair blotch) that Smokey has confenscated the lower left corner of the bed as his new resting spot.

*sigh* :verysad:

08-24-2005, 01:16 PM
Cute little kitty, D!

EKG, maybe you can wait and see what the new favorite spot is? :thinking:

KellyK, my kitty bed walls have COMPLETELY flopped. I think it was my home-spun yarn to blame, because I had a couple of rows near the bottom which were less dense. I do intend on making the walls of kitty bed #2 thicker. Seems like it can't hurt, right? Let me know if you do that yourself.

Femmy, find anything good in your stash?

08-24-2005, 03:10 PM
Love the little kitty, D - btw, welcome fellow Pennsylvanian! My DH has family all around Philly; we're the only ones out in the sticks ;) .

08-24-2005, 04:03 PM
yay! everyone's stuff looks so good. My kitty bed might end up being a kitty MAT :-) I haven't had time to work on it!

I wonder if the bed walls would be sturdier if the yarn was doubled?

08-24-2005, 05:30 PM
I think Im gonna try it....

08-26-2005, 04:52 PM
Finished my knitten/knitty today. Alas, there is no face, and *cough* yes it is lime green. It was the only spare yarn I had available. I know my cats won't mind.;)
Thanks for the welcome Rebecca, even if you are in the 'burbs, it's nice to see a fellow Pennsylvanian on here. :)
So I took pics before the cats rip it apart:


This is my first completed project. I've still got a bit to go on my scarf. I love making quick, little items. It gives me something to do, and I won't getting too bored because it doesn't take too long. :)

08-26-2005, 07:38 PM
Aww, how cute!!
He looks like he's getting ready to pounce - and personally, I love the lime green!!

08-26-2005, 07:52 PM
He is GREAT!!! :cheering:

08-26-2005, 08:22 PM
Oh, D, I like your green one even better! Love the ribbon, it makes it. :thumbsup:

...So um, am I the only one that has taken her Shelter-Project and given it straight to her own pet instead? :shifty: I'm spinning yarn for a second cat bed for the shelter. But I couldn't resist giving the project over to my own sweetums! :blush:

08-26-2005, 08:33 PM
At least you have DONE a project! I still haven't STARTED on my kitty bed!!

08-26-2005, 08:37 PM
I'm still working on my kennel blanket(s). I went with a pattern from "Hugs for Homeless Animals" but my breaks at work only give me time enough to do a row and a half at a time. drag...
i want to get at least a couple done as I don't wanna take them to the shelter one at a time... just keep knitting, just keep knitting.... :XX:

08-26-2005, 10:47 PM
i haven't officially finished, Amy, but I am letting Cheddar and Stanley "borrow" the mat until it becomes a bed...

It's the thought that count anyway, right? :shifty:

08-27-2005, 03:14 PM
aww thank you all very much! Amy, I don't blame you for giving it straight to your own pet. At least you're making another one! You can get it done Kelly! Binky, good luck getting more spare time to knit the blankets! Nothing wrong with letting them borrow it, Hilde. :)
Can't wait to see everyones projects!

08-31-2005, 05:30 PM
Last day everyone!!!!!! I want to see more pics!

September challenge will be up tomorrow!

12-21-2005, 05:11 AM
hi, I know you all are way past the Kitty bed discussions but I'm making a couple and I searched and found your discussion and I have a question. Several of you were discussing doubling up on the sides to make the bed less floppy. Did any of you try it and if so, what were the results.
I realize there is a risk that no one will see this email since you all have moved on past the August Knit along but if you do, I'd appreciate any feedback.