CALLING ALL CAT LADIES! Your views, please, on Crafting With Cat Hair by Kaori Tsutaya, available to pre-order from Firebox now for £10.99, and expected to drop some time this week - meaning the crafty cat lover in your life is in for a very special Christmas treat.
As with so many amazing cat concepts, this book hails from Japan (cross ref: the Maneki-neko, Hello Kitty, cat cafés). The tagline informs us that it's filled with "cute handicrafts to make with your cat", although I can't imagine any of the cats I've shared my life with, past or present, would be very helpful AT ALL in any kind of crafting extravaganza. Perhaps a more accurate tagline would be "cute handicrafts to make from your cat" - I can see why the publishers steered clear of that one, though. It could be misconstrued.
So, the crux of it is, you gather up all that pesky cat hair from around your house/person/casual visitors/cat, and turn it into felty, feline-shaped goodness. You can make finger-cats! (And certainly the cat on the front cover seems to be a) very interested in his, b) behaving himself, and c) possibly even being quite helpful. What wasn't photographed, however, was the cat mauling that poor woman's finger in an attempt to eradicate this weirdo miniature imposter cat that smells like him. Also, he's been plucked from the neck down in order to provide enough hair for the ten projects in the book.)
What do you reckon? Crafty cuteness or catty creepiness? Me? I think it is a work of genius. EVERYONE is getting it for Christmas. Even the allergics.