No, this isn’t a new backdrop for a photo session. It’s fleece fabric, and my human is going to make some nip knots out of it. Nip knots are fun, simple cat toys. My human is going to sell her books and some cards at a small event tomorrow, and she thought she’d toss in some of these too.
Because we cats know more about catnip and cat toys than humans do, I thought it was important to supervise. Binga is just there because she thinks she’s important.
So do you want to learn how to make nip knots? I will give you a quick tutorial. They are inexpensive and make awesome donations for cat rescues. Or you can add them to gift wrapping when you are giving your cat a present.
Anyhow, first you need fleece and catnip — the good quality catnip, that you can smell from across the room!
In fact, it’s best to make sure the catnip meets with your cat’s approval. Don’t cheap out on the nip. You can cheap out on the fleece by getting scraps or ends from fabric stores. Fleece is good because it doesn’t fray. Cut a bunch of rectangles from the fleece — 4″ by 7″ is a good size, and gives you enough fabric to tie the knot.
Next you add about a teaspoon of the good, high quality catnip. Place it near the edge facing you, like you would if you were making a burrito. Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome to make a catnip burrito? Maybe I will do a tutorial for that next.
Make sure your work gets approved by the resident felines.
Next, tightly roll up the catnip-filled fleece rectangle.
Then you take the two ends of the fleece and tie a knot.
Pull the ends of the fleece, to keep the knot tightly tied. And voila! You have a nip knot. Once you have the fleece cut to size, each one takes less than a minute to make. If you want to get fancy, you can snip the ends with pinking shears for a nice effect.
It’s important to have your cat check the nip knots for quality. You don’t want to hand out nip knots that are below standard.
If you live with more than one cat, that’s great! You can have multiple quality control supervisors.
Sometimes one cat needs to supervise the other supervisor, to make sure she knows what she is doing.
Put your nip knots in a sealed bag, and store them somewhere dark and cool to keep them fresh. You can also add more catnip to the bag to marinate them.
So there you have it! Now you know how to make nip knots.
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