I've been working on some pretty time-consuming knitting projects lately, and needed a little change of pace. So I picked up the crochet hook and whipped up a little something.
A remote-control holder! Who said stuffies couldn't be practical? T.V. Jake used to be a free pattern that was downloadable from here, but it looks like it's no longer available there. But in case anyone's interested in the pattern, the bottom of my printout says that it was originally published in Crochet Home Magazine No. 58 in 1997.
I didn't have the plastic cat eyes called for in the pattern handy, so I just cut some goofy-looking eyes out of felt and used a glue-gun to secure them.
Now that we have Jake handy, our remote control now has a designated guardian, and Kyle and I will no longer have to waste time looking for the remote. Well, theoretically. We didn't have much of a chance to test things out. It didn't take Oscar long to get jealous of the attention we were paying to Jake. He took a sudden interest in the remote. He wanted to guard the remote, too. Or so we thought. Enter Exhibit A:
Oscar attacked all of the buttons. Okay, nearly all the buttons. He was kind enough to leave the "Enter" button unscathed. Who'd have thought that rubber was so tasty? Needless to say, the remote is significantly harder to use now. It's now permanently resting in Jake's grasp; we aren't going to bother with it anymore. It gets pretty frustrating when you have to push the volume button more than a dozen times to get the volume to go down by one bar. But you know what? Getting up off the ole bottom to walk a couple of feet to change the channel isn't even that much of an inconvenience. It's actually pretty refreshing to get up and stretch your legs once in a while.
Perhaps Oscar really did know what he was doing all along...