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thisisme7899 11-15-2010 04:30 PM

KITTY BLANKETS!!
 
Hey! Have you ever wanted to knit blankets for the animal shelter, for those poor animals? If so, then I am glad to tell you, that I have SEVERAL different patterns to make for those poor babys! If someone is willing to help me, and get someone else to join, working together, we can make many blankets to help those animals! Write me and tell me if you want to! PLEASEE!!! FOR THE KITTIES AND PUPPIES! :waah:

CountryNaturals 11-15-2010 06:11 PM

I'm so glad you're doing this. Our daughter has a charity for rescue animals. I make all sorts of things for the animals and also to sell as fundraisers. If you'd like to compare notes, send me a PM.

We just took in yet another black cat for our sanctuary location. He showed his appreciation by jumping up to the 4th shelf of the bookcase, where I was drying some catnip for the mice I make and . . . <sigh>


cupid00 01-18-2011 02:35 AM

Hey thisisme, my aunty Merry and her group of eight ladies knit blankets for the animal. Last week they all made 15 blankets for kitty as well as dog.We'll deliver the blankets to the different shelters this week, along with food and litter and toys.They will like if join with you and helps to make more blanket.

thisisme7899 01-18-2011 03:09 PM

KITTY BLANKETS!!!
 
Ok, thats soo awsome. My art teacher makes dog beds, from like material not knitting, so when she delivers those dog beds to animal shelters, I give her the kitty blankets that I have made, and have her take them with her! I'm so glad that your aunt has a group of women who can help!
I'm 15 and I don't have as much time as I would like to have, so I've only made like.... 9 or 10 since I posted the first starting thread. I wish I could do alot more!
<3 from Moriah

mspwrz 01-18-2011 04:08 PM

I am willing to help.

Woodi 01-29-2011 07:16 PM

Very nice idea, and kind of you!

....but: I have two cats and they don't like knitted blankets to lie on...prefer towels or quilts. I think maybe their claws get sometimes caught in the knitting. I've offered them a garter-stitch blanket and they both rejected it.
but maybe not all cats are like these two fuss budgets!

thisisme7899 01-31-2011 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Woodi (Post 1313826)
Very nice idea, and kind of you!

....but: I have two cats and they don't like knitted blankets to lie on...prefer towels or quilts. I think maybe their claws get sometimes caught in the knitting. I've offered them a garter-stitch blanket and they both rejected it.
but maybe not all cats are like these two fuss budgets!

Lol. I never thought of that. I'm hoping that the cats would rather lay on one of these then have to lay on concrete floors. (fingers crossed)

jess_hawk 02-02-2011 03:26 PM

Try felting!
I know the greyhound shelter I used to volunteer at required donated blankets to not have open weave because the dogs could get caught/tangled in it. But felted items are thick, cozy, and durable.

thisisme7899 02-03-2011 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by jess_hawk (Post 1314301)
Try felting!
I know the greyhound shelter I used to volunteer at required donated blankets to not have open weave because the dogs could get caught/tangled in it. But felted items are thick, cozy, and durable.

I have never quite understood the "Felting" process... Could you explain it to me?

jess_hawk 02-03-2011 10:12 PM

Especially for felting blankets, it's really quite easy. Basically you have to have 100% wool (or alpaca, angora, etc.) that isn't superwash. You knit up your item. It's best to not use a really tight gauge, because what you want is for the fibers to rub together a lot when you toss it in the wash.

You put the finished item in the laundry, with hot water (and a cold rinse, if possible) and maybe a pair of jeans or some tennis balls for extra agitation. As the yarn gets agitated, the fibers kind of migrate into each other, and because of the rough outer surface on each hair, they get stuck that way.

If you are doing something that is sized (like a felted hat or slippers), you have to keep a closer eye on it, but for making felted blankets for animals, just keep in mind that as the fibers get interlocked, they pull closer together, so you have to knit your object somewhat bigger than you want its finished size to be.

For cat-sized blankets, you might experiment with this by going to a thrift shop and buying a 100% wool sweater (one that says dry clean only) and throwing it in the wash. When its felted, you can cut it into cat blankets or just donate it as is!


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