“It’s like the minkee throw,” is a running joke in our family. A couple of years ago, tired of Chicago’s long and cold winters, I said that I was going to make the warmest possible throw and back it with Minkee. Bill looked as if I had just said, “I think I’m going to get that cool Mike Tyson face tattoo around my eyes.” He then started telling me how Minkee was synthetic and would look bad with the great quality of fabric that we use. I told him that I’d be willing to compromise my purist standards to have warm feet when I was reading, working on my laptop on the sofa or watching a movie. “Fine,” he said. “It’s all yours.”
Once I made the darn thing, he couldn’t get enough of it. It’s so soft and warm. It’s hot chocolate in textile form. Minkee comes in 55″ widths and we made the throw about 75″x50″ so we ended up with leftover strips that were too small to do much with but too soft and long to toss. We’ve used Minkee scraps for scarves, which feels so great around your neck but we’ve tried to figure out some other projects as well.
I recently made a wedding gift with some gray Minkee that was a huge hit and ended up with more scraps. Bill, who has since come to worship at the Minkee altar, couldn’t resist the urge to make our 14-year-old cat Mies a reversible Minkee cat bed. It’s the perfect cat bed because it’s portable, washable, soft and and warm for a geriatric pet.
For the cat bed he pieced together 2 sets of 3 scraps 5″ x 15″ to get a top and bottom that’s 15″ square. Sew the right sides together on 3 sides, turn it inside out, topstitch closed the last side and you have a cat bed in about 10 minutes. A little catnip, a little Minkee and we have one cozy cat.