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Shandeh 09-12-2008 04:16 AM

Oddball Pet Snuggles - Cotton or Acrylic Yarn
Hello pet lovers! :waving:
It's time for us to start a new Oddball Project! :cheering:

I've decided to make something different this time - PET blankets!

Our blankets will be donated to the Snuggles Project, as a comfort to pets in an animal shelter. :)

We will be making two different kinds of snuggles. Some of the snuggles will be made with cotton yarn, and the others will be made with acrylic yarn. That way, we'll be able to use ALL of our leftover stash for snuggles! :)

The cotton snuggles will be made using 2 strands of worsted weight COTTON yarn. (This is a perfect way to use up some of your Peaches & Creme, Sugar 'n Cream, Cottontots, or other soft cotton yarn.)

The acrylic snuggles will be made with 2 strands of worsted weight acrylic yarn.

Our Oddball Pet Snuggles will measure 24 x 25 inches, so they can be used for cats or dogs. The first knitter will cast on 72 stitches (with US size 10 or 11 needles), knit for 5 inches, and will need 4 more knitters to make each snuggle complete. We will each knit 5 additional inches, in garter stitch.
(See additional knitting pattern ideas on the Snuggles website here.)

Since the blankets will be given to an animal shelter, there is no need to worry about pet hair getting on our knitting! We'll just have the last knitter donate each blanket to an animal shelter in their area.
(The last knitter will need to bind off the stitches, weave in all the loose ends of yarn, and wash the blanket before donating it.)

As with all our Oddball projects, the blankets will be kept on the same knitting needles throughout their creation. So, all you'll have to do is add your yarn and start knitting. When you finish your 5 inches of knitting, just put the blanket in a package, and mail it to the next knitter. Feel free to include a small gift to the next knitter (or their pet!), but please don't feel obligated to do this.

If you would like to join our Oddball Pet Snuggles project, just send a private message to Sakura-Panda. (Click on that link, scroll down the page, then select "send a private message to sakura-panda")

gmmarton 09-12-2008 07:23 AM

Count me in, please...I love animals!

Spikey 09-12-2008 08:57 AM

LOVE IT!!! Count me in!!!

I wound up with a bunch of extra double worsted peaches & creme (due to a shipping error on their part):teehee:. Can I use that, too?

KnittinMitchie 09-12-2008 09:27 AM

Count me in Sandy :) Just put me near the end and I'll do the borders.

jjminarcik 09-12-2008 11:17 AM

Me, Me, Me! I am SO in! I can do borders, too!

Shandeh 09-12-2008 01:03 PM

Wonderful! Thank you all for joining! :cheering:

So far, there are 5 of us. If we get just one more knitter, we'll have enough to get started. We will just have to each knit for 4 inches instead of 3. But, there's still room for two more knitters, if we stick to our original plan of 3 inches per person.

I started my section last night, and it feels so soft and cushy! I'm just doing all knit stitches, to make it thick and comfy.

Spikey, you can use whatever cotton yarn you want, as long as it knits to about 3 stitches per inch with size 10 1/2 needles.

My gauge is a little bigger than that, but not by much. I ended up with 11 stitches over 4 inches, so I think our Snuggle might be a little bigger than 24 inches. I figure that will still be okay, though. Pets aren't picky about things like that. :)

KnittinMitchie and jjminarcik, thanks for offering to do borders! I don't know if we'll need a border or not, but I'll keep you both in mind if we do. :hug:

Here's what I've done so far, displayed with the only furry pet I can have. :teehee: :

I have a feeling that this thread is going to have LOTS of photos of pets in it! :wink:

Shandeh 09-12-2008 01:07 PM

Oh....and if anyone is an allergic pet lover like me, you're still welcome to join in the knit-along. I'll just have you knit at the beginning of the blanket, just after me. :)

jdee 09-12-2008 04:22 PM

I can knit on it. I have lots of sugar and cream yarn.

Mulderknitter 09-12-2008 05:52 PM

:muah: OOOOOOOOO I have sooooooo much cotton yarn! I am sooooo in!
Now that I have finished school I have time to work on stuff like this! I love it!:yay:
I am not allergic, and have 2 cats that like to "help" with the knitting. I should be placed close to or last on the list after others with allergies. I also have no problem weaving in/washing the fo. :blooby:

misha rf 09-12-2008 09:03 PM

If you need another knitter, I'd like to help. :teehee:

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