Monday, January 28, 2008

Cat Bordhi Cat Bed

20080128 Cat Bed Pre-Felting

It's finished. The above is a Cat Bordhi cat bed, knitted but not felted. It's 24" in diameter. I used Cascade 220 yarn, knit loosely on size US11 needles. It takes about 2 1/2 skeins. 200 sts were cast on for the rim. If I were going to do it again I would double the yarn (so use about 5 skeins) and knit tighter. (Maybe the book says to knit with the yarn doubled and I missed it?) And I might do it again. It's really easy and fast.

The first picture below is the only one that shows the mobius strip on the border. Bordhi's mobius strip directions require a leap of faith, but they work. Just shut down your mind and follow along.

20080128 Cat Bed Blocking on Dryer Shelf20080128 Cat Bed with Persy20080128 Cat Bed with Persy and Ruso20080128 Cat Bed with Persy and Sammy20080128 Cat Bed with Ruso

The bed went through a high agitation wash cycle in a zippered pillow case, and with jeans in the tub with it - about 15+ minutes in hot water with liquid laundry detergent. The zippered pillow case is a good idea (from the book) because there was quite a bit of lint trapped in it at the end. It's about 20" in diameter after felting. After a short spin it went into the dryer with two big towels used as blockers. My dryer has a shelf so I can dry things flat, no tumbling, in short order. This bed took about 30 minutes to dry.

The big test was wether the cats would like it. Persimmon took possession first, and didn't budge when visited by Ruso first and then Sammy. After the photo shoot, Petite Princess Persimmon lost interest in it and left, leaving a perfect warm spot for Ruso. There's a kitty warming pad under the bed and a towel inside. I think they like it.

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