And you know what I've found, we get to a lot but there's a lot that just doesn't come up and I'm not sure it will. So, I am determined to be better balanced in all subjects and be more organized about how we do it.We'll see....
The other, knitting stuffed animals, isn't nearly as bad. I'm just not a fan of tiny work on double points. However, it was brought to my attention by the girls as I was putting them to bed that I had only knit stuffed animals for 2 of the 3 of them. Epic fail of the busy mom. The "stuffed animal-less" daughter's birthday was coming up, so I found the sweetest bear I could and cast on.
I think he is just adorable! I love the way his accidentally crooked and pointing up head gives him personality. He's only been with us for a few weeks and has already survived one accidental trip through the wash. I stuffed him with wool roving which makes him irresistibly huggable. My daughter was happy.
Here's a link to my Ravelry project with all the specifics.
But then, her little sister got sick and we were stuck in the house for 4 days watching a marathon of Jeff Corwin while knitting on the couch with our little sickie. My 11 year old, the recipient of the bear who loves small work on double points, created the pattern for this little fish, Kamilla the Koi.
This is the first pattern she's ever written and I couldn't believe it when she just worked the whole thing out on her own. But she's tenacious like that and I love seeing her self-esteem through the roof when we published it to Ravelry. Cutie!
I was really impressed with both the resulting fish and the way she wrote up the pattern. A sweet friend, who happens to be the store manager at our LYS in Silverton, OR even test knit it for her so you can be sure that the pattern works and is well written out. Thanks, Kelly!
The pattern can be knit in any weight although in worsted it would be the perfect little size and shape for a chubby baby hand to squeeze. The kids also thought of stuffing it with catnip as a cat toy. Kelly cleverly thought of stitching an i-cord around the mouth to turn it into a coin purse. I think you could also put it on an icord and turn it into a pocket necklace or belt for little treasures.
The pattern is available on Ravelry as Kamilla the Koi. If you are on Ravelry and would do me the favor of putting it in your favorites, my girl will be over the moon. Here's a link: Kamilla the Koi.
Thanks for visiting! Be gentle with yourselves, mamas as we all try to get ready for a good year of homeschooling.
I'm joining Ginny for her weekly yarnalong and Katherine for Keep Calm Crafting On. Click on the logo to see all the wonderful projects posted at Ginny's or this link to get to Katherine's.