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Jul 17, 2019 09:20:35   #
We got a kitten for my husband‘s birthday on May 2. When we first got her, anytime I picked up my knitting it was like she had radar and would run to attack it. Now she will sit nearby and not attack it except occasionally.
I am careful to make sure to put away the project I am working on in the project bag in my purse so she can’t get to it at night. Since I will go to bed much earlier than my husband as he works night shift, I only saw the text message he sent me in the morning that the cat got into my yarn.
I apprehensively went to see the damage, and I was rather upset. I am working on a shawl KAL and was very careful not to get any pet fur on it. Not only was it covered in pet fur, the ball had been completely untangled into a knotted mess and had been chewed through in a couple places. My husband says he caught her after maybe 10 seconds but it seems like she was at it for several minutes to cause so much damage. I have one more ball that I am going to start knitting with to continue the project and will have to untangle and rewind this ball and also felt the pieces that had been chewed through. On the bright side the project itself remained in the project bag so she only destroyed the yarn.
Jul 17, 2019 09:25:45   #
Susan Marie (a regular here)
Boy, that would really piss me off.
Jul 17, 2019 09:32:06   #
Charlotte80 (a regular here)
You certainly have my sympathy. I guess that's the price we pay for giving them a home.
Jul 17, 2019 09:36:40   #
Morningstar2 (a regular here)
She's a kitten! Put the entire project...yarn, bag and all, within a closed drawer or closet! Sweet kittens like puppies are quick and interested in everything!
Jul 17, 2019 09:38:24   #
crafterwantabe (a regular here)
Sounds like kitty needs some toys of her own. Hope you can get the yarn untangled... good luck....
Jul 17, 2019 09:42:40   #
I only opened this to see pics of the naughty kitten and yarn, who doesn't love those, oh yeah, the woman whose kitten did it!! hugs
Jul 17, 2019 09:44:33   #
Drawers and cabinets work better. Closets. A room with a closed door. Combination of all the above.

Sorry you had this happen, but glad the project itself was unharmed. Unfortunately, kittens play and, like us, love to play with yarn. Some cats give it up as the grow up, others don’t. Training helps—at least to minimize. Good luck! 😊
Jul 17, 2019 09:46:51   #
Kansas g-ma (a regular here)
Cats understand much more than we think. Every cat I've lived with while knitting is taught that the yarn is MINE and not yours, using those words. They are gently corrected and talked to, which most cats seem to like, even my semi-feral. The only yarn they have as their own is a couple felted "mice" for play. No dangling yarn for them to bat or catch, no balls to chase-- clearly saying "yarn belongs to Mom but I have other things for toys."

So sorry this happened, good luck sorting it out. If you lived here, I'd help untangle it.
Jul 17, 2019 09:48:55   #
targa416 (a regular here)
Morningstar2 wrote:
She's a kitten! Put the entire project...yarn, bag and all, within a closed drawer or closet! Sweet kittens like puppies are quick and interested in everything!

Yes. It is up to the humans to keep things safe from pets, and to keep pets safe from things. If a cat eats yarn, the yarn can cause tangles in the intestines and can even cause death. Please be careful. Sorry about your yarn, but it could have had a worse ending if your cat needed surgery to remove yarn from its intestines.
Jul 17, 2019 09:51:04   #
njscookie (a regular here)
One needs lots of patience when there are young kittens or puppies around, I hand it to you as you showed how to
Work through this event. Thanks for sharing!
Jul 17, 2019 10:00:29   #
Trekkiebigtime (a regular here)
I taught my cats that the yarn was a no-no but they could play with the needles as I worked. This seemed to satisfy them as they sat on the arm of my chair and watched and got to play as well. People think that cats can't be trained but they are very intelligent and can be trained, they just don't think they should be lol. A zippered bag with your project and yarn is a good idea for when you aren't knitting or crocheting. Sorry about what happened and hope you can correct it.
Jul 17, 2019 10:04:10   #
flitri (a regular here)
My knitting is always in my loungeroom and I shut the door to the loungeroom every night when I come to bed. My cat never bothers with my knitting until I have finished it, then she claims it. LOL
Jul 17, 2019 10:04:56   #
Jean K (a regular here)
Guess you will have to put your knitting behind a very tightly closed door!
Jul 17, 2019 10:26:19   #
fancythatfancythis (a regular here)
Looks like you just learned a valuable lesson! The only thing missing from this post are photos of the culprit and the yarn barf. So how about a pix of the kitten?
Jul 17, 2019 10:46:24   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
This makes me glad my girl kitty is not interested in playing with my yarn.
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