Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Knitting projects for cats: My staycation project

Fergus the kitten sitting on a blue blanket in the window

Most cats can't resist an open window. But few windowsills are made with cat needs in mind. My sills, for example, are narrow and hard. They're tough for beefy kitties like Fergus to perch on, and they're not all that comfortable to stay on for long periods of time.

Even so, Fergus spends at least an hour on this exact sill each day. And often, I see him shifting his weight back and forth in order to get comfortable.

Enter: Beginner knitting!

I was looking for seated hobbies to enjoy in the weeks after I broke my leg, and a friend suggested knitting. I was quite the knitter when I was younger, but I haven't done it for years. I got a beginning knitter's book with a few simple patterns, and I thought, why not make something easy and fun for Fergus?

This was my first attempt at a window seat cover.

Fergus in the window seat

I like the color, and I like the waffle weave of the knit. But the blanket is too wide for the sill, which means Fergus tends to fall off the window when he's sleeping. And the yarn I used isn't very thick, so the blanket doesn't provide much cushion.

I'm on vacation all this week, as I had planned to go to BlogPaws and scheduled the time off. But, my leg is keeping me from a long trip and long trek through an exhibit hall, so I decided to pick up my knitting again and try my hand at a new window cover.

This time, I'm using a much thicker yarn, so the cushion will be soft and plump. And I'm making the piece a lot narrower, so it will fit on the sill.

Knitting with dogs

I'm also using a basic knit pattern, so this project will move a little quicker.

The dogs are doing a nice job of supervising me as I work. They seem to find the click-clack of the needles pretty darn soothing. And sometimes, they grow so comfortable while I knit that they run the risk of becoming part of the finished project. See what I mean?

Sinead the Boston terrier with yarn on her head

I'm so sorry to miss out on all the fun at BlogPaws. Sinead and I had such a good time last year. But fear not: We'll be back in 2018.

In the interim, I'll be here knitting. What do you think of this project? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know.

And be sure to join in the BlogPaws hop this week! I'm sure there will be some exciting posts in the mix you won't want to miss.


  1. What a cute and soft project for the kitties!

  2. I love the clickty-clack of my knitting needles! I see you've also found secret use of sticky-uppy ears, a yarn holder!

  3. I love this project - and I think Sinead is hoping you can knit a doggy sweater!!

  4. Fergus looks like a dachshund in the first pic (the short legs) LOL!
    I hope the project turns out well :)

  5. You did a great job! I crochet, but just couldn't catch on to knitting. Ravelry has lots of free patterns :)

  6. Oh, that's too bad you couldn't go to BP cuz of your leg. But great idea to pick up your knitting and that looks like a great project!

  7. Sorry you aren't able to go to BlogPaws this year. But your staycation projects sound wonderful. And the menagerie will no doubt enjoy having you around. :)

  8. So sorry you can't make it to BlogPaws...would love to meet you. Next year. But what a wonderful gift to have an open week spread in front of you to sit and knit. Well, I'd be sitting and hooking but same idea!

  9. Sounds like a great hobby and it's lovely to have your fur babies nearby supervising :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  10. What a great project :) I'm sure the cats are going to love it

  11. This makes me want to learn how to knit!! :)

  12. We bet a ball of yarn would be fun for Fergus. :)