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Knit4Pie
10-21-2008, 02:49 PM
I need some understanding. No one around here really "gets" how terrible this is.

Today, I got home to disaster. I was only gone 15 or so minutes. I really don't know what happened, except the cats were home alone. Cats who until this I would have said didn't bother with my knitting stuff, no matter how long I left it lying around on the table. Lots of pics, so you get the full effect. Sorry about that.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2962335174_6978911d1c.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2961493383_133732f4df.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/2962342188_7773379456.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/2962345858_e45851eeb2.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3001/2962347956_2ec5ea0a02.jpg

If you can believe it, that WAS all one ball. What makes this worse, hard as it is to believe, is that it took me forever to wind it into a ball in the first place. When I was winding, my dd had a fall and I needed to put it down halfway, which made a horrible mess. Now this.

sn0wwhite
10-21-2008, 02:53 PM
oh dear... that looks like a nightmare!

i hope it unravels back together for you much easier than it looks!

Jan in CA
10-21-2008, 02:55 PM
Oh no!! :zombie: I'm sorry, I know that's frustrating. :hug:

Try to gently move the objects around the yarn so you can wind it back up with minimal disturbance. It may not be possible, but with patience you might be able to save it. Was it expensive yarn?

One other thing.. Never, ever leave yarn around cats. Not only can they make a mess, but if they eat it it can cause a whole lot of problems and worse. My cat also doesn't touch my knitting, but I don't trust her so I keep it put up even if only for a few minutes. When my daughter's cat was sick the first thing the vet asked me was if she could have gotten into yarn or string.

Sunshine's Mom
10-21-2008, 02:55 PM
Oh, oh, oh! You poor, poor thing! That's horrible! I guess the cats are in trouble, huh? The way it's wrapped around everything! Please try to giggle a little. Maybe that'll help. A little. I'm so sorry. You have all my sympathy.

bambi
10-21-2008, 02:59 PM
Bad kitty! :tap:

Sorry to hear about that. How horribly frustrating for you! I hate ball winding. Are you going to rewind the ball or frog it?

Bambi

evona
10-21-2008, 03:06 PM
OMG! It looks like someone had a lot of fun! That's just such an awful mess for you though. I'm sorry!

saracidaltendencies
10-21-2008, 03:12 PM
Oh my goodness, I am so sorry! :hug: Cats can be SUCH buttheads sometimes!

Knit4Pie
10-21-2008, 03:30 PM
I just realized I didn't mention that this was LACE-weight yarn. Ugh. There were no wet bits, almost the first thing I checked, so whichever of the cats went at it didn't chew or eat any. It broke in several places, but not wet.

Funniest thing? The scarf (all 3 inches of "Enchanting") was still on the needle. Only the end 2 sts had fallen off!

When my kitten was smaller, my knitting always went away, but since they don't show any interest anymore (well, USUALLY no interest!!!) I'm not as careful. Yeah, that's gonna change now!!

Ellieblue
10-21-2008, 03:52 PM
Was it alpaca yarn? That's the one my cat loves to drag all over the place if she can get at it. She is so brave that she will try to grab the ball while I am knitting with it.

Knitting_Guy
10-21-2008, 03:56 PM
Wow, I bet kitty had a ball (literally)!

I know it's a real disaster for you but I just couldn't help but laugh imagining the cat actually doing all of that.

I think kitty and I would be having a serious talk after something like that.

RuthieinMaryland
10-21-2008, 04:01 PM
Hi! :waving:

What a mess! Please believe me when I tell you that I know EXACTLY how you feel. It's SO frustrating.

At the very least they didn't frog what you had on the needles!

I know you want to nail their hides to the barn door, but it's hard to fault them just for being cats. And cats LOVE to "play" with whatever grabs their attention.

I did a whole painting on that very subject, inspired by my cat. It's called "P'catso's Masterpiece" I'll try to attach it here.

Again, so sorry! And good luck with the cleanup!

Ruthie :thud:

thepurplegg
10-21-2008, 04:06 PM
I feel your pain! My mom's dog got hold of a cushion I was making and not only ruined the yarn by covering it in dog spit but also chewed up the needle it was on. Luckily it was cheep novelty yarn but still can't do much with one knitting needle...

So, you're not alone! (And she didn't understand why I was so upset too!) I hope it all works out!

The.Knitter
10-21-2008, 04:08 PM
Oh you poor thing! Nasty bad kitty!!! I wonder why, all of a sudden, a knitting attack hit the cat. Good luck getting the mess cleared away and the yarn back into a ball!!!

teachermom
10-21-2008, 04:41 PM
:hug:
I'm so sorry...

I'm wondering if kitty got tangled in the ball of yarn somehow and got spooked. I had a cat get tangled in one of those grocery sacks - scared her so bad, she ran all over the house, knocked over books, tables, etc... she finally got behind the dryer - scratched the dryer vent - it was a mess. She still doesn't like those grocery sacks.

Cats are curious creatures - never know what might strike their fancy.

I hope it isn't too much trouble for you to untangle and rewind your yarn.

susi
10-21-2008, 05:10 PM
im so sorry they did that. my son went into the drawer i was keeping my current project in and didnt quite close it properly, that was red rag to a bull to my kitty cats, they had the yarn everywhere. its mo hair so going to be imposible to ball up again. brand new skeins down the drain, just as well we love our kitty's hey :teehee:

Krystal
10-21-2008, 06:01 PM
Oh my goodness, my heart feels for you... I've been there myself, but I still couldn't help but bust out laughing at all the many ways they managed to get that yarn over, under in and around and in between everything. Talk about thorough.


When this happened with my cats, I too could SWEAR up and down that they never went near my yarn ever. Then I get up the next morning and nearly trip onto my face with my first steps into the living room. They friggin RIGGED a trap! I swear. They had the yarn everywhere like yours did, but right at the door to the living room it somehow was pulled tight enough between my chair and the stool, and it was literally a little yarn wire trap ready and waiting to trip me.

stupid cats. :teehee:


Good luck getting it all back together.

Knit4Pie
10-21-2008, 06:47 PM
Was it alpaca yarn? That's the one my cat loves to drag all over the place if she can get at it. She is so brave that she will try to grab the ball while I am knitting with it.

Yes, it was Alpaca Cloud from KnitPicks. Not expensive, but still. He must love the stuff, because I had managed to wind some up, then stopped because it will be impossible to knit with. He went and stole it from the drawer (which I would have sworn he couldn't even fit a paw into!!) and took off with it again. At least I know which one it is now!

1knittychick
10-21-2008, 06:51 PM
I feel your pain! Bad, Bad, Bad Kitty! This has happened to me several times; Smokey (our cat) loves to sleep on my knitting. I hate to admit it, but I have popped his gray butt*
with my needles so many times that now now,when I get my knitting out, he goes to the office and sleeps by the computer.
*Please don't report me to PETA, I barely touched him. I love my bamboo needles too much.:yay:

dustinac
10-21-2008, 07:05 PM
:passedout: wow...

I have to watch my cat with 100% wool...she will carry it off and hide it. She hears me open my yarn closet and comes a runnin'...I had to climb up high to get some yarn and when I got down she was gone...I found her and a couple of yarn balls hid behind my rocking chair :teehee:

Lighting57
10-21-2008, 07:40 PM
Don't you wish you had a video filming while you were gone? I'm so sorry for your distress, but a video just might have won you a prize on America's Best Home Video.

mks22300
10-21-2008, 07:50 PM
Oh my goodness did your kitty ever have some fun! One of my kitties likes to steal wool yarn to snuggle with and she has tried to steal the little sock ornaments I'm making, but thankfully she hasn't done anything like that...yet!

Doublereeder2
10-21-2008, 09:46 PM
Oh dear! :thud: I hope you can get things untangled without too much stress.

Debkcs
10-21-2008, 11:52 PM
Oh, I'm SO sorry she tore apart your yarn. Mine have done that on several occasions when I've been too preoccupied to put it away.

The weirdest time was our first ever cat, he took a ball of worsted and made a Jacobs ladder out of it, four layers, all over our first apartment. We think he got stoned on catnip and layed a trap for us. It took two hours, since I didn't want to cut the yarn, to figure it out.

Hope your beautiful lace weight is OK.

teachermom
10-22-2008, 05:56 AM
Sounds like from the posts above we could all start a new business... knitted cat toys. I bet the cats would love them... :)

A cat that I had for many years would carry those little fuzz balls around for hours and hide them. Not sure what the cats are thinking, but it must satisfiy some instinct for them.

Hopefully, after a few weeks, you'll be able to laugh at what the cat did.

Knit4Pie
10-22-2008, 06:02 AM
There is no rhyme or reason on the things this cat will play with. His current toys - other than regular cat toys - are:

Almost any stuffed animal he can get (it's hilarious when he's walking around with one that's bigger than he is!)
The head off a small kewpie-type doll
A sock (he won't touch the other one, just THAT one)

LovelyLinda
10-22-2008, 08:35 AM
I completely understand how it feels to walk in and see that mess. My dog Henry (my avatar) did the same thing to my knitting. Truthfully I thought he was too lazy to attack my knitting so I didn't expect him to shred it so badly. After that, I always put it away.

But Oh Boy do I know how it felt to walk into that. Sheesh. :zombie:

cftwo
10-22-2008, 08:43 AM
My cat did that once. Since then I've been a lot more careful about putting stuff away. It sure made me angry at the time.

DorothyDot
10-22-2008, 09:13 AM
When we were first married, our then-6-week-old puppy got into my big needlepoint project I was working on for my new hubby. I came home from work to find her wearing every single strand of colorful yarn like a coat-of-many-colors type thing.

It was weeks before I could face straightening the whole mess out!

Puppy got a time-out in the back yard while I quietly lost it inside. ;-)

Sorry about your mess!!
Dot

newbieknitter
10-22-2008, 10:50 AM
I continue to find it unusually odd that my two housecats show absolutely no interest in yarn. One of them though, apparently can hear me pick up the knitting and insists and is very pushy about sitting in my lap while I knit. She seems to find the motions of it very soothing. If she ever does make a move for the knitting, it is to slap at the moving needles, but never the yarn.

heatherg23
10-22-2008, 12:22 PM
I go nuts when the yarn i'm working with gets stuck on my leg or foot when i get up from a chair and start walking. After 15 ft or so I realize it's stuck to me. Now THAT drives me nuts. I would go Cu-Cu crazy if my pets did that.
:wall:

OffJumpsJack
10-22-2008, 12:36 PM
Cats! :nails:

Can you toss the cat out the door? Well, I do mean to adopt it out to a good home, but just imagine tossing the cat(s) out the door and (oops! the door was closed? So sorry, kitty.) :)

I'm a dog person, our dog just tries to eat the whole skein of yarn. :wall:

Crossed Fingers Good luck with the clean up. Hope you can salvage it. Crossed Fingers

Maybe you can knit a kitty straight jacket? :)

--Jack

thecatsmother
10-22-2008, 01:12 PM
What a mess...kitty needs a severe talking to....I have 2 and they are not in the least interested in my yarn.....maybe I should revise that opinion.
Hope you get the yarn back into some sort of order...so you can knit kitty a nice blankie

Kinnexa
10-22-2008, 01:26 PM
Yikes! Has the kitty come out from under the bed yet? :wink:

My cats don't seem too interested in my knitting, although they do like to be scratched under the chin with the needles and will nibble on them. I think I'd better be more careful about where I keep my stuff--the boys have been known to have "fun" with whatever strikes their fancy at the moment (big boxes full of packing peanuts, used Q-tips out of the trash, etc., etc.), so I suspect the next fancy ball of yarn I bring home may be next.

How about a couple of quick kitty handcuff sets? In alpaca, of course.

SamIAm
10-22-2008, 01:35 PM
bad kitty!:fingerwag:
I'm gonna have to remember this incident.We're getting our cat back from my parent's house..he's been living there for a few months and I didn't knit when he left:knitting:
Hope you can salvage it:hug:

KnittinMitchie
10-22-2008, 01:58 PM
I have a 3 yr old who was just over a year old when I learned to knit. Knitting AND crochet projects are fair game to her still. So I have to be careful and now that she has discovered how scissors work I REALLY need to make sure I keep my stuff picked up.

Kitty needs a time out in the corner.

catcook
10-22-2008, 04:52 PM
Oh what a mess kitty made. They had to have had a wonderful time doing all that. Last night my grandson was throwing the squeaky ball down the hall for my dog, the dog took off chasing the ball unfortunatly he ran through the yarn I was working on first how can so much yarn get tangled so quick??? I hope you were able to salvage it all. >^,,^<

linknit41
10-22-2008, 07:01 PM
oh my goodness!! what a mess of yarn. it reminds me of a time several years ago-i was babysitting 2 children, girl about 6, and her younger brother.they were interested in a little blanket i was working on, so i let them play with a small ball of yarn. they proceeded to wrap it around the table, chairs, railings separating the dining area from the living room--they had a great time! they have since moved out of the country, but came for a visit a few months ago. They are now 13 and 7 and they still remember playing with that little ball of yarn. also, when our dog was just a puppy, she would get my little plastic stitch counters from the table and chew on them, and once dragged a cone of cotton yarn all around the yard. so,yes, we can sympathize with your yarn dilemma! linknit41

laikabear
10-22-2008, 07:04 PM
I have a picture to cheer you up, in an "It could have been worse" sort of way. :)

And yes, for all you knitters with pets, if you ever have to take your pet to the vet with vomiting, not eating, or just plain feeling bad, always tell the vet you are a knitter. Yarn, string, or thread is one of the worst intestinal foreign bodies to get. It usually anchors somewhere up high (like under the base of the tongue or in the stomach) and then the tail works its way down the intestines until it gets pulled taut, essentially making a saw. The intestines work and work to move that string along and can actually saw a hole in themselves, often in multiple spots. :(

Hmm, my funny pic wouldn't post. Not sure why. Let me try again.

laikabear
10-22-2008, 07:10 PM
Haha there it is. That photo always makes me smile (and glad I don't have kids). Although, it does look like something my dogs might do. ;)

lelvsdgs
10-22-2008, 10:19 PM
First of all, put the cat down slowly...:)


Oh, you have my sincerest sympathies... cats are funny like that, just when you think you're safe, they reach out and zap you...
I don't trust mine at all. Everything goes into a knitting bag when kitty is alone...

OffJumpsJack
10-23-2008, 01:26 PM
Peruse the following search string result on Google:

How to give a cat a bath (http://www.itchmo.com/how-to-give-a-cat-a-bath-671/)

The above is a more realistic example than the following:

How to Bathe the Cat! (http://activerain.com/blogsview/41953/How-To-Bathe-the)

(Note who signs the second example and laugh)

--Jack

P.S. Didn't I say I was a dog person! :roflhard:

Plantgoddess+
10-23-2008, 05:29 PM
Jack I am a dog person as well and I thought both links were hilarious. I used to work for a vet and cats were always horrible to deal with.

RuthieinMaryland
10-25-2008, 07:46 AM
Thanks, OJJ, that was hysterical! :roflhard:

Just for more fun, here's the "How to give a cat a pill" one, complete with music! Enjoy! http://www.mamarocks.com/how_to_give_your_cat_a_pill.htm

Ruthie

NC Girl
10-25-2008, 08:43 AM
Uggh, I feel your pain on that.

I bought some alpaca yarn to make my one of my girlfriends a scarf for her birthday and my cats are about to have a fit to get to the yarn, for some reason. They really don't bother the other yarn, just the alpaca. :shrug:

Kinnexa
10-25-2008, 01:40 PM
I'm laughing so hard I can barely type!! Thanks!

But seriously...ask your vet for "Pill Pockets". I had cats on daily meds and they'd just about mob me to get their 'treat' twice a day. (Maybe they taste like alpaca?);)

knitpurlgurl
10-26-2008, 08:05 AM
:hug: You poor thing!! How disheartening!

tokmom
10-26-2008, 10:15 AM
I'm so sorry! What a mess!

My cat leaves my yarn alone. It's my basset hound that is always tempted.:shrug: