it is remarkable how many stray socks you end with in a family of four. here's a fun way to recycle them: cut off the feet so you end up with a cylindrical piece of knit. do a small up-and-down stitch all around the unfinished edge. cinch the whole thing together & secure with a few more stitches. fill the sock up with rice. more rice = fatter cat. flatten the top of the sock and close with a simple stitch. to mark the ears, do a little up and down stitch on either side. hot glue two buttons on the face and stitch 2 pieces of twine underneath the eyes. done!
these cats were inspired by my favorite cartoon cat character totoro.