Moving Time with Minions!

Cat and the Wool has been super busy prepping all the travel gear and sorting out what to do with shipping boxes. Hence the slightly infrequent blog posts, sorry 😦

Not to worry – the Minions said they would help!

Both Mike, Frank, Stein and even Kitty lent a helping hand!

First – assemble the box according to instructions.


Minions and boxes


Second – test box for durability and stability. Kitty and Frank loved this part and made sure all boxes were ready for packing!


Stein and Kitty

Third – ensure non-helping hands refrain from disrupting activities. Stein apparently did not cooperate with the other Minions and proceeded to smash the boxes and turn them upside down. Frank then noticed a little roll of packing tape nearby…a promptly thought up an ingenious plan!

The tape roll fit perfectly around Stein, and while he wasn’t watching Frank promptly dropped the roll over his head!


Stein and Frank with Tape

Stein was not impressed with this! But what could he do?! His hands were stuck and he couldn’t go anywhere. The only thing left to do was to sit and watch the other Minions do the hard work, and let out a complimentary roar every so often!


Stein and Tape

The Minions have been great with the packing and moving, Cat and the Wool is very happy to have such helpful friends 🙂

We hope the moving process goes smoothly – stay tuned for more updates!


Update – Purple ZigZag Pillow Case

And so another “to be continued…” item has been transformed into a completed item!

So many little crochet projects to finish, but oh how wonderful it is to have finished the Purple ZigZag Pillow Case! All those zigzags are so funky and vibrant in shades of purple! Have a look HERE to see the finished item!


Have a great weekend!

Keep the Coffee Warm – Crochet Mug Warmers!

Here at Cat and the Wool there’s always a little crochet project on the go, and today it’s a crocheted mug warmer!

Mug warmers can be practical and beautiful – it keeps your coffee warmer for longer, and with a cute animal face or colour scheme can also liven up the ol’ white mug.

Many people on Etsy have created wonderful owl- and animal-themed mug cozies/warmers and I decide I might as well see if I can create my own simple mug warmer.

To start off with, I had some wonderful multi-coloured cotton hidden in my stash that needed to be used! It’s a green-blue-turquoise blend and it looks beautiful!


Wool start


I chained the required amount of stitches to match my mug’s circumference at the bottom and proceeded with single crochet stitch.


Wool in Mug

I continued until I had reached half-way of the desired length and created a little buttonhole. Here I just made 3 chain stitches instead of 3 single crochet stitches, and on the following round continue with single crochet – this created a nifty little buttonhole.



I had to increase a small section on either end to make way for the button and to be able to close the piece around the mug. The problem with this type of mug however, is that the sides are not straight. This made it difficult to create a piece that would fit but also be the correct size at the top and the bottom of the mug. Important to keep in mind for the next mug warmer!



Once I had the desired buttonhole and a few rows, I decreased and went back to the original circumference. I kept doing this until I was satisfied with the height and then fasted off.

I sewed the button on and then popped it on to the mug – et voila! A great first attempt at making a mug warmer! Complete within 3 hours!


Mug warmer Finished

I am so pleased, that my next one will be a little owl mug warmer! Yarnovations has an especially nice pattern for an owl mug warmer and this one is on my to-do list!

Happy crocheting!