Meet Tonka Mighty Backhoe, otherwise known as Gin & Tonka, kitty #2, or simply 'Tonka.' Now she will no longer have to spread my paperwork all over the floor for a soft spot to sit on. Well, at least I hope so. Felting is now officially complete, and Tonka is a happier kitty.
For felting, the cat bed went through two hot/cold cycles, then I made a 'mold' for it and set it out to dry. I folded down the top 1/2 inch to make the structure stronger. It dried in less than 24 hours with the help of the sun and some miracle cloth I bought at last year's DC Home & Garden show. A lady was showing us how great it was at cleaning up spills, but I bought it to dry out my wet knits faster.
She actually got a double treat: I knit her a matching mohair mouse! Yes, of course, I knit another one for kitty #1.
Did Tonka approve of this project? Of course....some catnip and a new mouse and she was out in 2 minutes. Here she is sleeping with her teeny orange mouse...awwwww...
If you want to make your own, click here for the pattern by Wendy at Wendy Knits. Now I'm looking forward to making a second one for kitty #1. Oh, and a felted hat for me, and a felted cozy for the ottoman.
Lambs Pride Bulky in Brown Heather (15% mohair/85% wool mix),
Araucania Nature Wool in orange for the edges, and
Cascade Yarns 'Fabulash' (awesome name!) for the last few rows.