My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Minky Mouse 2.0

Today I made Minky Mouse 2.0.

I found on Etsy a set of 5 vintage mink collars and ordered them for the princely sum of $19.95 for all five of them. This one has a fabric backing.

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I decided to use this collar first — I would not have to sew fabric on the bottom of the mouse, just cut off mouse-size pieces. I am making 2 mice: one for Loki and one for my colleague’s kitties.

There was a hook and eye closure on the ends, so that had to go.

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Those came off easily. I just needed to cut the threads holding them in place with a seam ripper. Then I cut off each end of the collar so I had a 4 or 5″ piece for each mouse.

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You can see that there is some fiberfill stuffing in the collar. I pulled some of that out to make room for the catnip.

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I save old pantyhose and cut off the toes to use as pouches for catnip stuffing. I like putting the catnip in a little bag, so if the kitty manages to rip a mouse open, the catnip has a better chance of staying contained and not going all over the place.

I have leather strips cut for the tails.

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I sew the end of the tail to the open end of the mouse using a leather needle and waxed thread.

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“Isn’t it ready yet?”

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Then I sew up the open end of the mouse. You don’t have to be particularly neat because the fur covers up the stitches.

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The important thing is making sure you have the opening securely sewn shut. And then finally . . .

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Minky Mice! The mouse tummies are the lining fabric of the collar that I didn’t have to remove:

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And Loki is a happy boy!

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Minky Mouse

I have another sewing project I recently completed, this one a bit different!

Back story: One of my colleagues purchased at a craft show a few years ago a mink catnip mouse for her kitties. Her boy kitty Jake loved Minky Mouse — it was his all-time favorite toy. He carried it around and loved on it to the point that the fur was wearing off in spots.

Then disaster struck: Jake lost Minky Mouse. His humans searched up and down and back and forth and to and fro to no avail. It recently occurred to me that I could possibly make a replacement.

I searched Etsy for supplies, and found scraps of mink available for sale at a very reasonable price. (Note that I am a bleeding heart animal lover and would never own or wear a mink coat. I am fine with buying scraps of mink that come from vintage coats, stoles, etc. for the sake of deserving kitties.)

I also purchased wool felt, leather needles, waxed thread for sewing on leather, and leather strips to use as mouse tails. Using the needles made specifically for sewing on leather and waxed thread, I was surprised at how easy it was to sew leather to felt. I stuffed with catnip and attached a leather tail.

So Minky Mouse Version 1.0 was created.

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The first Minky Mouse was delivered to Kitty Jake and his sister Sammy. Shortly thereafter I received video of both kitties happily playing with Minky.

I immediately made a second one, for Loki.

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I think he likes it.

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Don’t you love a happy ending?