Wednesday, 15 January 2020

whatcha makin'?

Whatcha makin' there, Peepers?  Somethin' for me?

Hmmm....

Okay Peepers, I'm lookin' at whatever it is - whatever that thing is you're makin' - and I'm thinkin' it might be a hat.

FYI: I'm a cat.  Cats don't wear hats.

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Okay, so there was that cat in the ol' Dr. Seuss book.  He wore a hat.  But I'm not that cat.

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And even if I WERE a cat who wore hats, that hat would be way too big for me.

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Hmmm...

Okay Peepers, I'm lookin' at this possible hat you're makin', and I'm thinkin' it might be more of a sleepin' bag or somethin' like that.  It''s way too l-o-n-g for a hat.

FYI: I'm a cat, Peepers.  Cats don't sleep in sleepin' bags.

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Okay, so maybe some cats do, but I, Seville the Cat, have NEVER slept in a sleepin' bag in my life, and I don't intend to start anytime soon.

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And even if I WERE a cat who liked to sleep in sleepin' bags, that sleepin' bag would be way too small for me.

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I mean, seriously, WHERE WOULD I PUT MY TAIL?

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You know...

You know, Peepers, if you were to leave both ends of that ol' sleepin' bag open, you could turn that knitted contraption of yours into a tunnel or somethin'.

EVERY THINK ABOUT DOIN' THAT?

Of course you haven't.  That would be way too practical a thing for a peep like you to think about doin'.

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Hmmm...

So Peepers, what ARE you makin' with those sticks and strings of yours?

Yeah, yeah, I KNOW.  I know they're really knittin' needles and not sticks, AND I KNOW the strings are balls of yarn.  Give me some credit, okay?

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But you still haven't answered my question.  WHAT THE MOUSES ARE YOU MAKIN'?  WHAT?

You are?

Really?

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Well I have to say, Peepers, that's a really nice thing for you to do.  A bit of a relief, too, on account of my now knowin' you're not gonna be expectin' me to either wear that thing on my head or climb into it for a nap, squishin' my tail in the process.  Yup, that's a really nice thing for you to do.

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So it turns out, Peepers is makin' a pouch.  Yup, a pouch for little kangaroos, or joeys, or whatever they like to be called.  She's made a few so far, and is workin' on makin' some more, and then they'll be shipped out to Australia to help with the wildlife relief efforts there.  You know, the relief efforts to help with the animals harmed by the devastating bush fires.

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And if any of my readers - or their peeps - would like to help, too, check out the various relief effort groups on Facebook.  Here in Canada, there's a big group knittin' and sewin' and craftin' away.  Air Canada has offered up six - count 'em, SIX! - cargo flights departing from coast to coast, to help with transportation, but the deadlines for gettin' stuff on those planes are passin' as fast as you can say NIP ON A CHEESE PIZZA, really really fast.  But if you miss the cargo flight deadlines, DON'T DESPAIR!  Shipments are continuing to go out.  In fact, here in Nova Scotia, they're collectin' stuff at the Halifax Veterinary Hospital on Quinpool Road until January 31st.  (That's the deadline ol' Peepers is lookin' at.)  And after that, peeps travellin' by air to Australia are volunteerin' to take stuff, too.  Down Under Travel is also acceptin' crafted items until the end of this month at their Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver offices.  So the best thing to do is to haul out your sticks and strings and stuff, and get yourself over to the Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Guild group on FB.  There you can find out what to make, how to make it, and where and with whom your crafted items can best be shipped out.

SO LET THE KNITTIN' BEGIN!

Or crochetin'...  Or sewin'...  You know.

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Oh Peepers...

Oh Peepers, when you're done knittin' those joey pouches there, how 'bout makin' me one - THAT VERY SAME SIZE - but sew it up on BOTH ends.  And here's the important part:  Before sewin' it up, stuff it with nip, would ya?  Yeah, I'm thinkin' a twenty centimetre square baggy of catnip would be a VERY good thing.

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