I finally finished the monster sized cat bed. I seriously thought about ripping it all out when I finished, because I knew there was no way in heaven or hell this thing would felt down to a size that would suit me.
But, I went ahead and felted it anyway. Oh, before we go there, here is a pic of the pre-felted bed with Guinevere already giving it her paw of approval:
Before felting the dimensions were: top diameter 81", the mobius band was 4 1/2" inches high, and the whole depth of the bed, including the band was 23".
WT lended a hand with the felting because he was curious to see how it all works. We did 2 cycles before running out of hot water. We threw it in the dryer to see if that would help shrink it. Then we took it upstairs to shape and decided it just wasn’t small enough, and it looked like it could use some more felting too. After waiting for our water heater to do its job, it was another long cycle and then some time back in the dryer. Here it is:
Finished dimensions: top diameter 54", the mobius band is 3" inches high, and the whole depth of the bed, including the band is 12 1/2", but the actual depth is more like 6". I decided to forget about any shaping because the decreases made it pooch out funny anyway. Heck, it is just a cat bed. It is plenty stiff so the sides don’t fall over, but it is kind of rippled looking. Guinevere likes it though, so all is well. All is not well with Arthur… check out this look he is giving me – pure mind control telling me I have to make him a bed now too!
For his I will either use the pattern for the large bowl (from A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting) or Wendy’s Kitty Pi / Lucy’s Cat Bed.