Friday, January 2, 2015

"Can I Ask You a Favour?" (the most dreaded words for a crafter to hear....)

I traveled to my hometown today to celebrate my grandmother's 98th birthday.  While I was there, I received a text message from a friend.  I was shaking in my boots when I read: "Can I ask you a favour?"

I'll spare you the negotiations - - but what it boiled down to, was I agreed to stitch together 20 knitted blocks that were donated to a group she works with that cares for abandoned cats and dogs.  She was feeling pretty sure that  the blocks could but put together to make a nice blanket that they could auction off to raise funds for the group.

The reality of it?  I have ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE of the weirdest creations ever knitted.

The casting on and casting off techniques are completely unique to me - - I can't say I've ever seen anything quite like them.  

And there are at least two full cats of fur knit into these...uh....trapezoids. The cast-on edge is about 20" - - the cast-off edge is 14".  The are slightly "C" shaped, and about 9" wide.  The donor intended them to be used as bedding in the cages for the homeless kitties.

WHAT am I supposed to do with these?  They aren't suitable for anything except bedding for cats.  


  1. Oh, no! I never like to be in situations like this. Maybe you could give them back as bedding and offer to make a {small} quilt with cats on it for the auction? Best of luck.

  2. What's the saying about no good deed goes unpunished.

  3. put two together and crochet around edges, make hot pads or pick a number and crochet that many stictches around each piece (add or subtract as needed) then assemble into a lap throw for a raffle.

  4. You are not obligated to make anything from these. It is really OK to hand them back with a small explanation. I agree that it would be kind to donate a quilt you have already made, it would also probably be faster!

  5. I used to work in an old people home, we,volunteers and residents, knitted blocks of 25cm²(i live in Belgium we have centimeters) 16 blocks in a smal blankets of 1m² .The goal was making a blanket from the home to the church 625m. We made it. 10000 blocks in 10 months yes it was a nightmare but we placed our home in the spotlights