The past couple of months have been really busy. March and April always are, because a great deal of my time goes into putting together the school yearbook. I’m finished with the yearbook now, and I must say that this is going to be one of my favorites. I’m especially fond of the cover because it was mostly done by the children. The art teacher had the kids drawing the school mascot during “free draw” time. I selected a certain number of the children’s sketches and made a collage for the cover. The end result looks like children doodled all over the front of the yearbook. Take my word for it. It’s cute!
I also tried my hand at Sock Madness III. I regret to say that I failed miserably. I didn’t bother to swatch (who had time?) and ended up with a gauge that was great for a sock, but not great for this particular sock pattern. The result was a sock that may have fit a size 6 foot. (The smallest foot in this house is a size 7.5!) By the end of the first sock foot, I knew I wasn’t going to finish it. I’m going to frog the thing. Life is too short to knit longer on disastrous projects.
I’ve also been working on some baby knitting. The baby boom is still going on at school. I have one baby shower this week and another the week after that.
The first gift to be finished is (fortunately) for the first shower.
The pattern is one that I found via Ravelry. It’s called Elijah and is by a designer named Ysolda Teague. I love making stuffed animals, but this one was a challenge. The toy is stuffed as it’s knitted. The benefit is that, when the final part is cast-off, there’s only one end to weave to complete it. The disadvantage is that this was one of the fiddliest projects I’ve ever knitted. In order to do the last appendage (I did the arms last), I had to avoid getting the yarn wrapped around a trunk, two legs, one arm, and two ears!
I must note that this pattern was represented better than any other pattern I’ve ever used. The designer included lots of pictures, including some really close-up to allow a clear view of how it should look. There were no mistaked either. If all pattern makers made equally wonderful patterns, I’d be must less grumpy! (Heck, I’d have to change my name!)
I knitted this toy out of KnitPicks Shine Sport. While I love the feel of the final project (SO soft!), I can’t say that loved knitting with it. The cotton had very little give, and I know enough about cotton to know that the I had to be careful of over-stretching the yarn or leaving gaps.
However, I love the results. I added a bow that can be removed when the baby is ready to play. The little grump declared the little elephant extremely cuddly and lovable. (She really doesn’t want to let him leave the house, but alas… She has no choice in the matter!)