Today's blog comes from Janet Millett, Central Library Staff:
Very few positive things have ever been said about cat hair covering the furniture. Those who have feline companions must resign themselves to deal with the inevitable byproduct. If, however, you are a creative soul, Calgary Public Library has a new book that will cause you to look at cat hair in a brand new light.
Crafting with Cat Hair by Kaori Tsutaya shows many cute possibilities of what you can do with that abundant and free supply of cat hair. Like wool, it can be felted; however, it differs from wool in that it doesn’t have the strength or durability due to its texture.
The author provides step-by-step instructions for making little felted shapes that can be used to adorn scarves, hats and even book covers. You can make a furry little replica of your cat and frame it.
As well, there is practical advice with a yearly calendar indicating when you can harvest your greatest yield of fur and she answers questions such as what to do about cats that go outside.
Instead of groaning about the never ending clouds of hair, you can now imagine all the possibilities. Who knows – maybe if you have some not-so-creative friends with a kitty, they would gratefully share their supply as well. The possibilities and color combinations could be endless!
Jane’s Two Cents:
This curious little book is a wonderful example of what I love about the Library. When our PR guy says, “Everything You’re Into”, he’s not kidding.
Personally, I like the finger puppets and knickknack boxes. And the part that says no cats were harmed in the making of this book.