Friday, August 31, 2007

meet cris

After all the cute bunnies, monkeys and bears around here, I thought it was time for some wildlife that was, um... "challenged" in the cute department. But you know, you can make almost anything cute by knitting it.

This is Cris, short for Condyluria cristata:


Cris is a star-nosed mole. I have a deep and abiding love for star-nosed moles, because they are the only semi-aquatic mole species (they can swim!) and they burrow deep underground and grab grubs and other wiggly food with their 22 amazing nose tentacles (read much more about them here). These aren't the moles that tear up your lawn - those would be the eastern and hairy-tale moles, if you live in the eastern U.S. as I do.

The star-nosed mole can be the totem animal for any of you underwater archaeologists, tunnel diggers or grub-eaters out there.

And if you see a strange-looking critter in your yard, don't scream - knit it! I promise you'll love it afterwards.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Baby Bunny

Meet my fbunny :o) Pattern of it - own idea.
It was fun to play with the toy and it was a quick knit :o).

Yarn: recycled thin wool in flesh tone, grey, white and black colour
Needles: 2 mm circular

Monday, August 20, 2007

monkey time!

Hello fellow toy knitters! I haven't posted here before, but I've been having a lot of fun with my toy knitting recently and wanted to share my latest FO.

Project Stats:
Pattern: Mr. Dangly, but knit in the round. I used the modified numbers for the head that I found here and I knit the ears differently than written because I didn't have the pattern with me when I started them (but I do like how they turned out).
Yarn: Plymouth Encore DK in bright pink (#1385) and yellow (#215)
Needles: size 3 bamboo dpns
Size: monkey sized! I haven't measured her, but she's a little shorter than Mizu (my 9week old kitten) is long.

As a note, sewing the head on the body is very tricksy, perhaps because I knit it in the round, or perhaps because I have trouble with the sewing up. Either way, the head is flopsy and I need to think of a better way of attaching the two before I make up another one. Any ideas?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I haven't yet named her, but I'm really pleased with how she turned out. Any thoughts on a name? I first thought about Bella, but somebody else suggested Ramona, which I never would have thought of! She stands about 7 and 1/2 inches tall and was made from acrylic (I know, I know ...) yarn. I used a mercerized cotton for her little dress. The pattern was from and it was very easy to follow. In fact, I've already cast on for another little bunny.