In yesterday’s blog, I talked about how big my yarn stash was and how I didn’t care what colors and textures of yarn I obtained. Because of this you will find me at thrift shops and garage sales looking for yarn. It doesn’t matter if what I get is a full skein or not, what color it is or what texture it is. It all works for Pet Mats.
So what is a Pet Mat? It is generally an 18” round crochet circle made with two strands of yarn. I’m not really sure how I started making them. It was probably an attempt to use up some of the stray yarn I always have hanging around. My cats have always loved to sit on them. The kittens I have now especially love them. Over the years I have made lots of them. I have had people use them for chair mats, and rugs. They work great in my cat carrier. Once I had a daycare order multiple mats for them to use at circle time. In addition to the round ones, I also make oval and rectangular ones and of course larger sizes for larger pets.
I use a P size hook so they make up really quick but the thing I love most about making them is how creative you can be. I feel very artistic planning out the colors and textures I use for each mat. Sometimes I just grab some yarn out of my stash and see how it turns out. Colors and textures you wouldn’t think would go together come out looking great.