Another horsey! For a special little girl that just turned 2 ^v^.
This time not in a summer but in a winter setting.
JoAnn still sells the same colors of fleece, but I don’t like making something twice, so I picked a different fabric (forgot the name…might have been fake suede). I thought the fluffy minky would be cute for the ears and tongue. I second-guessed myself while working on the horse, but now I like it. The hair color is best described as hot chocolate with marshmallows :).
I added a little pouch to the end of the stick, as suggested by Jorrit, to protect hardwood floors. Great idea!
Accidentally this horse also has kind of a crooked mouth, but I guess that makes him even more horse-like.
The tutorial for the stick horse is over at MadMim’s.
This little guy fits right in with the current cold and icy Texas weather! First time in years (3?) I get to wear my monster snow boots!
The pattern is Penguin Pip from Christel Krukkert’s book Gehaakte Dierenvriendjes (a.k.a. the book I got from Mieke :)), also available as a single pattern on Ravelry. The book is now actually republished and split into 2 books. Good way to make more money, I guess :-s.
I plan to make another penguin with a blue hat! Someday…because Christmas is approaching way too fast.
I liked the pattern, but was a little frustrated that I couldn’t get the eyes to look the same as in the original pattern. If that happens I always blame it on the pattern :P, because usually I have no problem with making my version look the same as the pattern. Will need to try again.
Pip likes to play Sherlock when no one is looking :)
It’s getting colder in Dallas as well, so time to knit a few items to keep me warm :)
Pattern: Handwarmers by Creative Yarn (free)
Stitch: moss stitch. I made one tiny mistake, but it’s not visible :).
Gauge: my first gauge swatch! I was a little impatient though… Instead of the suggested 34 stitches I cast on 38 stitches, as I never fit standard size fashion bracelets. Size seems right, but the 2nd warmer that I knit is slightly smaller than the 1st.
Yarn: Knitpicks’ Shine Sport in color Hydrangea. I really like this color! I actually wanted to use merino wool as suggested, but couldn’t find any at Michaels and didnt’ feel like driving anywhere else/ordering and waiting for it to arrive. I dug into my stash and found the Shine Sport which is made out of 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal natural beech wood fiber. They seem very warm :). If not I’ll make another pair.
Cost: used 3/4 of a $2.99 skein
Seaming: I was uncertain about the seaming. The warmers are slightly tight so I didn’t want to lose fabric by using the mattress stitch…Wish more people on Ravelry showed their seams!
Cats: these handwarmers will work well for me. Maarten got me a pair last year that had finger separation, but I’d like to be able to wash my fingers without taking them of. Also, gloves are a hair magnet when petting a cat -and Spike is demanding-, so I needed my fingers to be free.
Time spent: started on Tuesday, finished last night and seamed everything together this morning (Friday).
For my first nephew!! :)
face as suggested in the pattern
I took these pictures when it was getting dark and I thought there wouldn’t be enough light, but I love how the exposure worked out!
The pattern is Wee Ones by Susan B. Anderson, from the Craftsy class with the same name. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to make this bunny, because I didn’t like the face Susan gave it and couldn’t come up with anything better, but Ravelry is great for this, because it enables you to look at other people’s ideas for a specific pattern. I quickly found TheCraftyPetite’s bunny face and was inspired.
About the embroidered B; ideally it would have been in the exact middle of the corner, but I’m still trying to figure everything out.
The fabric underneath the bunny blanket is a store-bought swaddle bag from Blankets & Beyond.
Oops I did it again... I’m really not sure how to prevent that if you’re embroidering something substantial.
I also included 3 cute little hats in the package, as worn by the bunch in this picture. That’s what they look like, but they’re far less innocent, haha. They’re actually peepee teepees or wee wee wigwams, or whatever you’d like to call them. They protect parents from baby boys’ golden showers during diaper changes, haha. Giraffe was prepared to demonstrate the purpose in an X-rated photoshoot ;). I followed this easy tutorial and quickly whipped up 3 of them. Fun little joke gift for new parents.
Knowing that peepee teepees exist, brightens your day, doesn’t it? :)
pattern: the BOO! Crew
Planning to make more variations…next year!
Size wise this guy is as big as Pudgdageist. Bigger than I expected! A giant compared to this candy corn.
I’m a little behind on my Halloween decorations…sigh, planning not my strongest point :P. Now that I’m in the Halloween mood I feel like I should continue making things, so it’ll be done in time for next year’s for sure. But not for too long, because I still have a long idea list for Christmas as well.
This is Pudgdageist, a pattern from Camp&Co. I love all of Megan’s patterns! It seems like not many people have discovered her patterns yet, but I want to make all of them and become her testknitter ^v^.
I like Megan’s version a little better, it’s my own fault, I should have stuffed the head better. Too late :-/. The pattern uses a lot of M1′s (increases), which cause tiny wholes. I tried to patch them in the end, some are visible, wish I had thought about Googling the problem earlier on and coming to this solution, because it totally works!
Other than that, I love this pattern :).
I used to dislike knitting (jogless) stripes, but got the hang of it!
I love this bottom, it looks like a pie!
It was time for a family portrait :). More on the tiny little hats later…
Some fun with the eyeballs :).
For Kimia’s baby shower. I used this tutorial for the burp cloths, they can be used as changing mats or as burp cloths. The fabric is from Dr Seuss – All The Places You’ll Go. The giraffe is just the model :).