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.
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.
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?
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.