Cat charity appeals for knitted treats

Care home residents attempt mice mile record (iStockphoto)

Cat lovers with a penchant for knitting are being urged to get involved with a new project and make some extra special moggy treats.

Leading charity Cats Protection currently looks after more than 6,000 cats and is appealing for feline fans to help provide them with some comfort and fun while they wait to find their perfect new home.

People can get involved by making cosy blankets or even trying their hand at a few toys, such as knitted mice or fish - using a range of colourful yarns and quirky patterns.

Emma Osborne, Cats Protection's event manager, said: "Knitting a cat toy or blanket is a great way for craft fans to flex their creative muscles whilst making life better for the cats in our care."

The knitting bee will coincide with the charity's presence at the Knitting and Stitching Show between October 11th and 13th at Alexandra Palace, London, where people can donate their knitted items at the stand.

Ms Osborne added that visitors to the show will also "have the opportunity to create a knitted mouse on our stand - needles, wool, filling and a pattern will all be provided".

Even if you can't make it down to the event there are plenty of other opportunities to donate your handcrafted toys and blankets with shops and adoption centres run by the charity ready to accept the gifts.

Cats Protection is offering its own Captain Cat-Battler pattern, designed by Lauren O'Farrell for free via its website  or in local branches, but there is plenty of freedom for people to come up with their own exciting designs.

When making your feline gifts be aware of your audience and reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens by avoiding the use of small plastic items, stretchy yarn or loose weave blanket patterns. If you want to give your knitted mouse toy a face it is best to sew the features on using thread and to make sure that any tails are made from a sturdy string or braided yarn and are firmly attached to the body of the design.

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