Friday, June 08, 2007

Product Endorsement Friday

First, do you know about Picnik? It's kind of an online Photoshop-junior. If you don't have Photoshop it's a real good alternative. You need a solid web connection though, because you upload your image to the web to work on it.

Thanks to some of the Knitty Coffeeshop folks who had a glowing recommendation for it, I bought a Furminator. This is a brush for cats or dogs that removes the dead and loose undercoat and keeps the shedding down. Makes the cats look nice and clean. People, this was a $34 cat brush. Who in their right mind would buy a $34 cat brush, right? I drove home feeling absolutely crazy but decided to try it.

Got a gallon sized ziploc bag of fur off the two kitties. Not. Kidding. You just can't believe what comes off. (There is a rather hypnotic video at their website that shows it in action.) I thought Fee was going to be bald. I have never brushed her where this much fur came off. Today she's fluffier, prettier, and cleaner. Grady fought me on it a little - he didn't like the metal blade going over his hips, where he has a little arthritis - but eventually calmed down.

I went to sleep thanking God it was only $34 because if it had been $134 I'd still have bought one. If you have a pet who sheds a lot, it's very impressive. I'll give y'all a report in a week or so if it really reduces shedding.

SnB last night, more new faces! I love that. We had fun. I worked some on my sleeves but I need to have a Godfather night on them. You know, where Michael has the heads of the five families killed and then takes care of Carlo, "tonight I settled all family business"? (I know I say the "Godfather night" thing all the time, it's just in case.) As for the scarf, it sleeps with the fishes. I tried the Eve's Rib that Mel mentioned (Eve! Adam! HAHAHA!) but it really gets lost in the variegated yarn. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but I strongly suspect this yarn does not want to be a scarf.


Blogger Betty said...

You gonna spin that fur?

*cackles evily*

7:17 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Seriously, I thought about trying to sell it as "cat roving" on eBay. !!

8:44 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I am looking forward to your review. I followed the link to it off the knittyboard and ended up buying a litterbox instead but if that works, I may just have to invest in a furminator.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

Hmm... and where might one find a Furminator? I have a chow mix who sheds EVERYWHERE. It would be nice to defeat that...

9:46 AM  
Anonymous brandy said...

You can get it at Petsmart! I Love mine! My cat is only medium length hair but I still got at LEAST a couple kittens of fur off of him. I even get quite a significant chunk off of my short hair dog. I too considered spinning the cat hair... great (and crazy) minds think alike.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Like you, I couldn't believe a pet brush would be worth that sort of money. WRONG!! I could have built several new animals out of the hair I've gotten off our pets!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Just think of all the fur that ISN'T ON YOUR CLOTHES OR CARPET NOW.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous mel said...

I have one too and it's great! Sorry to hear the pattern didn't work for your yarn. Put it in the stash, it will whisper to you when it's ready. :)

1:07 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hmmmmmmmm............I wonder if I could 'cheat' and get away with one furminator brush for our 2 cats AND for our 90 pound long-hair'd dog? ;)

When I first saw your yarn I figured you'd turn it into the 'my so called scarf' as it seemed as that yarn & that pattern would be perfect for each-other...

2:15 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Oh, I need to check that out! (furminator) my darned bloodhound has me vacuuming all the time!!

Picnik is cool! I've used it a few times already!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Zeke (my parents' Great Pyrenees) lets me vacuum him. The cats, not so much.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous mintyfresh said...

Thanks for the link to picnik! I am in need of something like that.

5:02 PM  

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