I haven’t had much time to craft or post recently because of school work and my new workout schedule (P90X…bring it!), but I came up with this super easy cat toy! Its about time I give the kitties some attention! The ball looks like the basic pom pom, but the center is a tight ball of yarn. This makes it more durable and gives it some extra weight for better games of fetch (for lack of a better term). This project uses up extra yarn scraps, which I always seem to have left over at the end of any knitting project. If you don’t have enough of one yarn to complete the project, mix ’em up! Color is always a good thing! I added catnip to this toy as well because Mango (the cat) up there is OBSESSED!
- Scrap yarn (enough to make a small ball and have some left over)
- Knitting needle
- Catnip (optional)
- Start with a small ball of yarn about 1″ to 1-1/2″ in diameter (the small ball on the left side in the above picture). Make sure the ball is tight to prevent it from falling apart. Any time I finish with a knitting project, I have a habit of balling up the extra yarn, so my yarn happens to be ready!
- Thread the loose tail through the knitting needle and pull the needle through the center of the ball.
- Leave the end loose. The ball will keep the end in place.
- With the leftover yarn on the needle, thread the needle through a few strands of yarn on the ball. Pull the yarn on the needle about 2″ out of the ball. Cut the other end of the yarn to the same length. Tie these two tails in a knot to secure this piece of yarn to the ball.
- Repeat all over the ball until the desired coverage is achieved.
- Dip the ball in catnip to make it extra appealing! You can also add a catnip pouch to the center of the ball if you want. I didn’t think about this option until I was already finished!
Like I said, super easy and what cat doesn’t love a yarn ball?
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I saw this awesome jewelry hanger on Just Thought I’d Share about a week ago. This made me think about my poor jewelry hanging out in one giant ball in the top drawer of my dresser. Most of the time I am too lazy or crunched for time to bother pulling them apart to actually wear something! I’ve been thinking for a long time that I needed some sort of jewelry box, but I just hadn’t bought/found/made one.
Then I saw this fantastic idea! A frame that displays all of your jewelry on hooks! Like art! Something to sort my jewelry and decorate my walls at the same time? Fabulous! I had to make one right away!
I immediately headed for my icky-looking frame collection and found a large metal frame that used to hold my sorority composites while I was in college. The edge was starting to rust, so it needed some sort of refinishing. This is where I ran into trouble. I really didn’t want to purchase anything specifically for this project so that ruled out spray paint or some sort of primer. My first attempts at just painting over the frame with a silver acrylic were a definite fail. Then I attempted some sort of refinish like my fabric covered frame from a few weeks ago. Another fail. Nothing wanted to stick to this ugly frame! Eventually I settled on a layer of tacky glue and then fabric clamped down (with about 100 paper clips) overnight until it dried into position. It still didn’t want to stick, but when the backing was added to the frame, it stayed in place nicely!
After my experiences, I would highly recommend a different frame (this was a pretty ugly frame to begin with) or a purchase of primer as the original instructions described!
I settled on old jeans to cover the frame and a scrap of a suiting fabric my cousin gave me a while ago. This was a relatively easy project except for my whole frame fiasco! I am very pleased with the results and wear my jewelry a lot more frequently! I highly recommend it!