Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kitty felted balls

I received a big bag of wool from a friend who heard I was learning to spin.  Unfortunately, this bag of wool was a miss match of second cuts wool and my teacher suggested I make a few kitty toy felt balls with it.  Here's how to do it:


Old pair of pantyhose
Wool or wool lint
Washing machine
Spray bottle
Organic catnip
Filtered water


Take your old pair of pantyhose and cut the feet about 8 inches up up the leg - this will leave you with one closed end at the foot and one open end.  Stuff each foot of the stocking with a bunch of wool.  Pack it really tight.  Very close to the wool, tie the open end closed.  Add these to your next cycle of laundry.  This will felt the wool into a ball.  After your laundry cycle is over let the wool balls air dry.  Take them out of the pantyhose.  Meanwhile, using a kettle brew 1 cup of hot water.  Add two tablespoons of dried organic catnip to the water to make catnip tea.  Let this sit for at least 30 minutes ( the stronger the better).  After the catnip tea has cooled filter it using either a thin piece of fabric or coffee filter to get the catnip out of it.  Put the catnip tea in a spray bottle and spray your wool balls.  Lastly, give to your cats for hours of fun.  Respray with catnip tea when the fun wears out.  Our cats enjoyed them so much I had a hard time catching them for a picture!

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