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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy Holidays

How did it get to be November so fast?

Ready or not we're on the countdown to the winter holidays. A lot of us, maybe most of us are crafts people. Some of us knit, some crochet and some sew. Some do a combination. Most of us probably have several projects going on at the same time. Here are some ideas for gifts for the family pet.

Knit dog bones

No matter what craft we do, we all have leftover yarn or fabric. Those little bits left from a large project make great pet gifts. Pets don't care about color or prints.

dog toy

knit mice for kitty

You can make some of these up in an evening and give them to your pet, or your grand-pet or a friend's pet for the holiday.

cat bee

fetching ducks


Dianne, the next one is for you. I thought about the little chick that went to work with you last spring. Here's the perfect gift.

chicken shawl

How about a bed for a cat to snuggle into on a cold day?

snuggle tubbie

Now here comes the catch. You knew there had to be one, right? While you're whipping out some of these for family and friends, let's remember the shelter animals that don't have a loving home for the holidays. Think how happy it makes your dog or cat to receive a new toy . Shelter animals have the same feelings. They have so little and give so much. Make an extra for one of them.

If you have a shelter near you, drop off a toy or two or many, for the animals who will be spending their holidays behind bars. If you don't have a shelter nearby you can find a list of them here for shelters all over the world.

If you still can't locate a shelter or you can't get to one, contact me. If you want to send your toy to me, I'll distribute them to shelters that need them. There are many shelters that survive on a shoestring. In good economic times they struggle to feed, shelter and care for the homeless animals. These are not good economic times. There are more animals losing their homes and families every day and the shelters are under tremendous pressure to provide the necessities. Let's help the animals with a gift of a special treat.

Our next post will give patterns for blankets to knit, crochet, sew or just tie. They can provide a warm snuggly nest for a lonely animal.


  1. Did you make all these? They are wonderful! And what great gifts!

    Very creative!

    Riley and Star.

  2. More incentive for Mom to learn to knit - she can crochet quite well, but the knitting thing she just can't quite get. Great ideas.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  3. There are lots of patterns online for crocheted toys, too. You can't get off that easily.

  4. I have a few crate pads to crochet... thanks for the reminder!

  5. Thanks for the chicken shawl idea! I visited the brood I was chick sitting last spring, and they are all grown up now. Laying eggs and everything. It made me feel so old!


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