Thank Heaven for Cat Traps
On my last escape down to Duck, on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I stopped by my the best beach attraction, the yarn store Knitting Addiction. I have a deal with myself — I’ll only buy yarn for the current project I’m working on.
I break that deal with myself on a regular basis. That day, at Knitting Addiction, I walked out with yarn for three projects — a felted purse, a Wingspan shawl, and a cat-trap blanket.
“What?!?” you ask. “A cat-trap blanket?!?”
Yes. You see, I work from home. Home is the castle for two cats. One, Sam, is a sweet boy who spends his days curled up on the master bedroom bed (in the morning) and the guestroom bed (in the afternoon) and who never interrupts my work.
The other cat is Poppy. Poppy has been tasked with the unfortunate job of managing every aspect of our household, at all times. In order to do her work, Poppy must be in the middle of All The Things, All The Time. Poppy is, to say it bluntly, a pain in the butt.
The most crucial element of Poppy’s plan to dominate the world is to sit on my keyboard. I spend the better part of each writing day moving Poppy away from my keyboard. I place papers on the floor, so that she has to manage them. I put her up on the shelf, where her food bowl rests, so that she can eat a snack. I spike the area surrounding my keyboard with pencil holders and bowls of paper clips, so that Poppy can’t get to the keys.
Actually, that entire last sentence should be written in the past tense. Because I hit on the World’s Best Method of foiling Poppy: the Cat-Trap Blanket. The Cat-Trap Blanket is knit out of seven balls of Heaven yarn. (For those not in the know, Heaven is a ribbon yarn — it has a thread with “fuzz” attached to it, so that it’s soft and fluffy. Heaven is machine-washable. Heaven is the softest yarn I’ve ever worked with.
Here’s the description of Heaven yarn from Knitting Addiction: http://www.knittingaddiction.com/plymouth-yarn-heaven/
And Heaven is a perfect Cat Trap. I sit down, and Poppy immediately jumps onto my blanket-covered knees. She makes bread for a minute, and then she curls up and falls asleep.
My productivity has soared. At this rate, I’ll even finish drafting SECOND THOUGHTS today 🙂