We are donating to Alley Cat Allies


If you’ve bought a pattern from us, you may have noticed a small note on the inside pocket letting you know that a portion of our proceeds go to promote animal welfare. Since I just made our quarterly donation, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the current organization we’re contributing to.

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a crazy cat lady. I come from a family of kitty-lovers, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I love all kinds of animals, but cats have a special place in my heart. They’ve been wonderful companions for my whole life. Basil and Colette*, my two babies pictured above, were feral kittens themselves that we found in a woodpile with their brothers and sisters.

So I’d like to introduce you to Alley Cat Allies, an organization that works to promote the humane treatment of cats, advocates against killing, and campaigns for policies that promote their wellbeing.

* yep, she is the company’s namesake, but she in turn was named after the writer.

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Oh yay! I adopted my two little feline friends from a cat rescue group, so this cause is near and dear to my heart as well. Thank you for donating – I’m sure it’s not always easy as a small business.


I adopted my cat Bean from a shelter here as well, and he’s added much joy to my life since. Thank you for donating! It’s good to know that some portion of the pattern profits are going to a good cause.


My lovely cat Mia was from a charity which rescues Bengals – too many people want these exotic pets but end up getting rid of them for ‘lifestyle’ reasons. Over the years, all our cats have come in as strays or unwanted pets… it’s reassuring to know that an organisation like this can provide food and shelter for some of the unwanted pets out there. I’m so glad you donate to this cause.


Wow, just last night Kenn and I were talking about how cool Bengals are. I can’t imagine people do this to their animals, but I know they do all the time.


Sarai, bengals are so cool! But also a weird feline contradiction being more needy yet wilder than the average kitty. One thing they all seem to do is throw things off shelves – I have to keep all my breakables in cupboards and remember not to leave anything (cosmetics, jewelry) where it might end up in the toilet!


ps re-reading Le Chat at the moment, loving Saha as much as I did the first time!


I saw the little note when I first went through the booklet. I was really happy to see it and now I’m even happier, because, yes, I’m a crazy cat lady as well. So, thanks for donating and giving these cats a better life.


Another crazy cat lady here–we have four kitties, three of which were from rescue groups. (Of those three, one was “planned” and the other two were the result of falling in love with them at adoption fairs.) What a great cause to donate to!


I got my cat from a shelter right after Christmas. I was kind of worried that since she’s 3 she’d be over the quirky kitten behavior, but she’s by far the most amusing cat I’ve ever owned between her bouts of breakdancing (attacking her foot and doing somersaults) and her love of attacking the thread when I’m sewing.

When I went to the shelter I couldn’t believe the number of animals there. I’m not sure why people seem to think that animals are disposable once they’re not kittens or puppies anymore. In some ways, a pet is like a child that never grows up and will need fed and taken care of forever. It’s not something to be taken lightly and given up on.

Fourth Daughter

Great cause.. all our animals are from shelters, except one kitten (now sadly deceased) who found us by wandering into our yard, climbing a tree and being barked at by the dog… half hearted attempts to find her owner came to nothing and she amused us for the next 17 years by taking over the whole house, biting and scratching the dog who was 5 times her size (all in fun) and terrorising our other cat who is probably the only member of the family who is glad she’s gone because now she gets all the attention…


It’s awesome that you are doing this! I adore cats – and goodness knows there are so many that deserve loving homes that have none.

Our two were kittens when we adopted them. They were born under someone’s front porch our in the country and unfortunately their mom was killed by a dog that lived in the home. They are the sweetest babies ever – we are so happy to have them in our lives!

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