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« on: May 01, 2007 03:59:43 PM »

Hello, craftsters! Cheesy

I've never knit anything besides scarves before, and my brother has commissioned me to make his girlfriend a "fluffy-kitty" blanket. Here's the "specs":
-All white
-Edged with fun fur/eyelash yarn for an extra fluffy look, but the main body should also be fuzzy and soft
-should have little triangular "ears" at the top, and a curvy "kitty tail" at the bottom

For myself, I don't want to spend $100 and 20 years working on it, so I think a thick yarn would be a very good idea, but I've never worked with anything but worsted weight. Undecided Can anyone suggest yarn (either by name or by fiber/weight/etc)? And to be extra wonderful, doe anyone have any suggestions for shaping the tail? The ears I'm pretty sure I can do.

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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007 04:21:07 PM »

i would say just go to a big chain craft store, so you can find cheaper acrylic in a big big skein, and find something soft enough for your desires.  i can't remember what it is, but i have a huge skein of fluffy purple yarn from a craft store.  maybe pantons something? 

as far as shaping the tail, i would just knit a looooooong tube and then decrease evenly every other row at the end so it's rounded.  then stuff it with poly-fill or something!
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007 05:11:10 PM »

um, there's some yarns that you buy in chain craft stores relatively cheaply, i think, that are like polar fleece yarn. not *quite* as fluffy as a fun fur, but soooo soft and snuggly. keep an eye out for those for the body of the blankie, maybe?

« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007 07:06:18 PM »

How about Lion Brand Homespun?  It's bulky weight and fluffy, plus pretty cheap at those chain stores (especially when they put it on sale, which is fairly often).  If you want to make it go faster, you can double it up.

Better yet, Lion Brand has this 6-hour throw pattern which recommends you working with 4-strands of yarn at one time using their size 50 needle.

Good luck!  I'd love to see a picture when you're done.

« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007 08:15:04 PM »

You could hold an eyelash yarn and a thicker white yarn together, that way it would be thick and fluffy at the same time!
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2007 07:40:23 AM »

Joann's has this super soft yarn called Angel hair and it feels like angel hair....it is SO SOFT, AND it is 22% wool, so it will be warm.

« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2007 12:00:17 PM »

My recommendation is Berroco Plush. It's very fuzzy & I think it's catlike. (Note: it's not machine-washable, though.)


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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2007 09:47:06 PM »

I just found this 2lbs cone of chenille on Ebay.  Not sure if you'll catch it in time.  In any case, I searched ebay for white yarn and there are tons there for cheep Smiley


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