So what the heck is a Chi Ba-ba?
Yes, they are a bit strange looking due to the fact they are made from waste yarn in an unusual explosion of colors. Hey, but haven't I always been NEON? I considered the fact I had always heard many animals are color blind and I know, as we all know, they are never critical of their blessings. Chi Ba-ba's are stackable, soft, warm and very much loved by small dogs and cats. They are machine washable, dryer friendly and best of all free and ecology friendly as I am keeping the waste yarn out of the landfill. When finished they are donated to our local animal hospital who works with the animal shelter.
My little scene stealer Heidi Lou, shown in the photos here, is inspecting some Chi Ba-ba's that are ready for delivery and giving a demo of how to play her favorite game called "See Me, See Me ?" She burrows into the Chi ba-ba's and peeks out. First you see me, then you don't. Heidi Lou is the ultimate in undercover dogs.
Crate mats can be made any size. Just measure the area. I make them about 16 X 16 for the animal hospital. Large enough to curl up on, small enough to leave a bare area for food dishes and/or necessary papers.
For more personal use I measure and make them the size of the designated crate. I also make them with new yarn chosen in decorator friendly colors that are large enough to cover a chair seat or a sofa cushion and I use and/or sell them as "Seat Savers". You may notice your cat or dog will seek out that Chi Ba-ba and claim it as their own to sleep on when sneaking onto the best seat in the house. No more pet hair everywhere when somebody comes or you just want to sit. Just pick up the seat saver and toss it in the washer/dryer.
An excellent video tutorial for the diagonal box stitch can be found here:
A free pattern for a regular size afghan throw is here.
The stitch is textured, simple, fast and fun, can be used for many things and you can even make blocks and crochet them into a granny square afghan.
Do save your scrap yarn your pet will be glad you did and perhaps you will too.