Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Habits for a New Year!

I found this quote on Nancy Zeiman's blog - "Forming a new “habit” takes 30 days. If, during the month of January, you use one short “10-20-or 30 Minute pocket of time” each day, you will be amazed by what you can accomplish. Be sure to take “before” and “after” photos." 

I bought her book, 10, 20, 30 Minutes to Sew when it was first published.  I put many of her suggestions into practice, and today my friends tell me how 'productive' I am!   I often sew (or quilt) in short spurts of inspiration (or for instant gratification) now.... but when my children were small, it was a necessity!   Now Nancy has a TV show, an online store, all the modern goodies... and a line of patterns based on the 10, 20, 30 minutes concept!  She is one productive lady!  ... and I mean that as a compliment.

I try to have some handwork near my rocking chair so if I sit down to rest my feet, my hands have something to play with.  Usually knitting or crochet, sometimes snipping or 'unstitching' - but this weekend I started to use up the rolls of selvages and scraps of rug yarn tht have been lurking around for way longer than I care to think of, and this is what I made:
Kitty Snuggler #1

This is a kitty snuggler for a rescued cat - I found the idea online, of course!  the one in the picture was made of yarn, and crocheted to look like bricks.  Hmm, fat chance I could get that effect!  There are dozens of patterns for all kinds of supplies at:  http://www.snugglesproject.org/

They even have a pattern for 'Fun Fur' yarn - which has gone somewhat out of style for humans, but kitties still love the stuff - so if you have some in your stash, maybe you would consider making a kitty happy?

The rescue cats love these - you know how cats like to play in bags, right?
and it gives them a better place to sleep than in their litter box!

So, my goal for January is to use up all of my rug yarn and fabric strips (1 1/2") to make 5 more of these for Traci's rescue kitties, and then maybe make a few more for the local animal shelters. 

So, when I have a bit of fabric to trim from a quilt before I put that binding on... this is where those strips will go.  I sure hope the kitties enjoy them!

1 comment:

  1. What a gorgeous project! I bet you'll have some happy kitties!


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