Saturday, August 19, 2017

Re"purr"posed

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  When I was left with extra material after a pattern gone wrong, I re-purposed the plarn (plastic yarn) into a small ball filled with plastic bag scraps. It was an experiment for another idea of mine... I want to crochet a floor pouf or maybe a whole "bean bag" chair entirely of plarn, even using the scrap material for stuffing. 100% plastic. Before starting a large project, I wanted to know how well the all-plastic stuffing would hold up to use. I planned to use this mini-experimental version as a stress ball for now...

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  However, it seems to have been re"purr"posed... Jump Steady decided to go outside and prove himself to be a big man-kitty, but got pretty beat up instead. He's been sulking around the house ever since. When he got all excited over the plarn ball, I decided to let him play with it...

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  And as usual, not much "play" happened. But Jump Steady did offer to give me his opinion about the project, so I'll step back and let him take over from here. (Don't worry; he speaks normal English, not cat-gibberish, but he does get a bit sidetracked at times...)

Jump Steady - What do you want to tell everybody about the project you stole?

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  Human Slave kept making crinkly noises with this thing she made for me, but wouldn't let me have it at first. It took a lot of begging, but she finally let it go. Ha - Look, I can put my foot on it! Okay, that's enough of that. Time for a nap...

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  Ooo, this thing is soft and squishy. Purr-fect for a pillow! It was so nice of Human Slave to make this for me... Maybe I'll leave her an extra hairball to play with. Don't know why she's always wrapping them up and putting them in a bag - Maybe she has a collection of them somewhere? Humans are weird.


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  This is really nice to have after getting my head thumped. It was really mean of that other boy-kitty to beat me up after I picked a fight with him, but I'm glad to have the extra attention. Speaking of that: Hey... Hello?... HEY!!! My pillow fell flat. Anybody wanna fluff it back up for me?


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  You! Yes, you - Human Slave with the camera. Want to put that thing down and help me out here? I mean, if you have that thing out, then it means you're going to be sitting in front of the other glowing rectangle for a while, making all those click-y noises that disturb my sleep. The least you could do is help me get more comfortable before you start all that racket...

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  Thanks, that's much better. Now I'll start working on that hairball as a reward for your good behavior.

  And thanks for your help, Jump Steady! Now I know the plastic should be stuffed a bit more so it will keep some of its shape. I wanted it to be nice and squishy, but too little stuffing will just leave me sitting on the floor in a plastic cocoon. It might be hard to find a medium between "comfortable" and "durable". That's making me doubt whether I want to attempt the project at all... What if it turns out to be a disaster? This is going to be a lot of work, but maybe it won't be wasted time if it doesn't work out. After all, it looks like I can always turn a mistake into a cat bed.

Happy Crocheting!

6 comments:

  1. What a great idea about the bean bag! But this cat toy is also a great success! I liked to read what Jump Steady had to say :-) Cats are all the same! Lovely post!
    Have a great Sunday, Sigrid

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    1. Thanks, Sigrid! I'm hoping the extra attention will help Jump get over his bad mood. ;)
      Enjoy your day, too!

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  2. Oh no! No doubts allowed here: I'm pretty sure that cushion will turn out perfect. Anyway it sounds perfect to me, I'd even give it a try myself, but we're not having any plastic bags around here anymore...
    As to the furballs: now I finally know why the cats keep on vomiting those up INSIDE the house instead of during their strolls OUTSIDE. Maybe I should tell them I'm not all that fond of those hairballs after all and they might be a little more considerate... Forget it we're nothing but slaves, aren't we?
    Have a great Sunday,
    Marjan

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Marjan! I do think I can make it work, but my doubts are probably coming from the amount of work that will be involved. Procrastinating is just building the plastic bag stash more.
      I'm stubborn, so I keep putting my foot down with the cats' behavior. They respond by putting themselves down on my feet while I'm trying to take photos. In return, I now distract them with treats - Extra special treats that are supposed to reduce hairballs. Perhaps I'll rise to the level of indentured servant...
      Have a great week!

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  3. Has he used his claws on it? I am curious if this would be a suitable cat toy for my Shiloh. I feel like he would just stick his claws in deep and tear it apart. Though I think he would have a lot of fun, I would be worried about it in his nails. Just saying... Hehe. Great idea for a floor pouf too!
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, he does hook these loose stitches and pick the ball up... But he's the kind that uses his paws for things without tearing it up with his claws. The best advice I can give: If you try it, just keep an eye on Shiloh until you know how he'll treat the toy. As I've used plastic scraps to stuff the ball, I can see that it could also be a major choking hazard for a chewer. Safety is more important than playtime!

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