The kitty is for my good friend who is also a knitter. I made it with 100% wool so she won't be able to wash it anyway. I was thinking of making a little backpack for the kitty (it's Hello Kitty) so she could put her stitch markers in it or something knitting-related.
There are some fantastic ideas here and I'm contemplating a couple of them. Hopefully tomorrow, I will be able to show you the final result and share what I decided to use.
Thank you everyone