Cats Protection are appealing for knitters to help this Christmas by making cosy blankets and fun mouse toys as part of their knitting bee.
Thousands of unwanted cats and kittens will be in the care of the UK’s largest cat charity over the festive season, and knitters are invited to create handmade gifts as an extra treat for them.
Donations of knitted blankets or mice can be brought along to the charity’s stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show at the Harrogate International Centre from 23-26 November, or dropped into any of its branches, shops or adoption centres across the UK.
Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity and helps around 190,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 volunteer-led branches and 34 centres.
The charity’s Events Manager Emma Osborne said: “We’re often asked by cat lovers for ideas about how they can help support our work, and our knitting bee is a great way to get involved. All the knitted mice and blankets we receive are given to cats and kittens in our care, and make their time with us that extra bit more comfortable.
“Our volunteers and staff work hard throughout the year to give every cat or kitten the love and attention they deserve, and Christmas is no exception. We hope cat lovers and keen knitters alike will support our festive knitting bee so we can ensure as many cats as possible in our care have a special Christmas gift this year.”
Knitters can use their own designs to make blankets and mice or follow a pattern for the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse originally designed by Lauren O’Farrell (www.whodunnknit.com) – which will also be available to pick up at the show, or by calling the charity’s Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.
Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or blanket, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns or small plastic items – such as those that can be used for mouse eyes – to reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens. Loose weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are best avoided too.
For more information about Cats Protection visit www.cats.org.uk