Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be more mice to knit they keep multiplying. A family of six mice can turn into about 60 mice within 6 months, and it seems my mouse patterns are just the same.
Then a lovely lady called Karen Davies got in touch with me from BC SPCA (British Columbia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) so I re-branded the pattern for catlovers over there and sent it along.
In October Carolyn Beynes from the Harbor Humane Society in West Olive, Michigan, USA got in touch to ask if they could use the pattern to raise funds too. The knitters there made up basket of scurvy stitched PiRATes to sell to raise funds.
And lastly to round off my mice of the year Kate Heppell, editor of shiny new knitting magazine Knit Now invited me to conjure up one last handmade mouse for Issue 3 of Knit Now, where they linked to Battersea’s Cat Knit Project too. Well, what’s three more mice after all?
The three handmade mice are simple little knits with very long noses (all the better for sniffing out cheese and danger) and three mouse-flavours: Eek the plain mouse, Jingle the Merry Chrismouse and Kapow the Mighty Mouse.
Issue 3 of Knit Now is still on sale so if you fancy stitching yourself some Crafty Catnip Mice I’d suggest you rush out and get a copy.
All this goes to show that one little nice gesture, such as creating a pattern for a good cause (like keeping lonely cats occupied while they wait for new homes), can turn into an infestation of nice gestures running all over the place chewing through your computer cables, nibbling at your cornflake packets and making elephants stand on chairs. Or something.
Anyway 2011 was definitely the Year of the Mouse for me. I wonder what woolly creature will dominate 2012. We shall see…