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Kirsi’s Blue Owl

Long time no see! Unfortunately, next to no crafting has been happening over here, hence the hiatus.  Last February we found out that we’re expecting Baby #3, and as expected, I wasn’t feeling well enough to craft until a little while ago.  I think I’m ready to get back on the horse, though, and I finished my first project!

Kirsi's Blue Owl!

Kirsi’s Blue Owl!

I have plenty of WIPs, but all of them were making me nauseous (morning sickness is an evil beast), so I decided to make Kirsi a toy owl.  I kind of made the pattern up as I went.  I used some leftover Knit Picks Simply Cotton I had laying around in “Bermuda Heather.”  The white circles are craft store felt glued down with no-sew glue, and the beak is embroidered with embroidery floss.

He’s nice and squishy, and I hope she likes him!

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Amigurumi Bunny – Complete!

I haven’t mentioned this project before, mostly because I was dreading it.  I am terrible at crochet amigurumi.  A friend of the family asked me to make this little bunny, so I agreed since I *do* need some practice.  You’d think I’d do a better job the second time around.  (I made this same bunny last year for Eva.)  Not so in this case.  :/

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The pattern is very well written, and there’s nothing inherently difficult about the construction.  I just suck majorly at seaming.  I can never get things even, and my finished product ends up looking homemade instead of handmade.  And don’t even get me started on my embroidery skills!

Anyway, if you’d like more details, they are on my Ravelry page!


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Eva’s Elephant – Finished!

I finished Eva’s Elephant this morning.  That thing was the bane of my existence.  Never again!  I’m sure I’m the only idiot who had trouble with the increasing in this pattern, but it was enough trouble that I’m turned off from ever knitting another elephant.

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Pieces of an Elephant

I finished all the pieces last night and seamed the legs and head to the body.  This morning I attached the ears and tail.  I did not put a tassel on the tail as called for in the pattern because I do not trust that I can make a tassel that Eva can’t unravel.  The ears are also different from the pattern.  Not by choice, though.  They looked really crappy when I made them following the pattern instructions.  :/

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For this project I used some chunky gray acrylic yarn and aran weight pink yarn.  Both came from stash.  The elephant measures 8 inches from head to rump and 5 inches high.  I used a larger needle than called for in the pattern, size 7.

I am much more pleased with how this turned out as opposed to the bunny I made for Easter.  I seem to be better at knit amigurmi than crochet amigurumi.

Now it’s time to make a sweater!


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Eva’s Elephant – Third Progress Report

This is how far I’ve gotten on the body:

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Pathetic, I know, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.  I spent over an hour doing the first 6 rounds.  They weren’t hard because of the skills involved, they were hard because of the super duper quick increasing.  All of the rounds were kfb increase rounds with no plain knit rounds in between to loosen things up.  It was literally a beast and a half to get through the increasing.  I’m surprised my bamboo dpns made it.  In fact, I’m surprised I made it.

Right now I just have to knit 2.5 inches worth of plain knit rounds, so that should be easy peasy.  I’m dreading the head, though.  I looked forward in the pattern and saw that it involves the same sort of increasing.  :/

I have an incentive to finish this elephant in a timely fashion…my big box of yarn is waiting for me at the post office.  I can’t wait to get back to sweater knitting.  🙂


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Eva’s Elephant – Second Progress Report

I’ve made a little more progress on Eva’s elephant.  She now has four legs:

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Elephant Legs!

I’m thrilled to be moving on to the body.  The legs were starting to wear on me.   :/

My sister, Rae, came over today to learn how to crochet.  She is (to put it lightly) a button freak.  When she found out how many buttons I have, she couldn’t help but sift through them.  She selected a sampling to take home with her.  I’m pretty sure the crocheted pouch she’s making is intended for her buttons.  Lol!

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Rae searching through a portion of my button stash.

The hammock I ordered earlier in the week arrived today, and I couldn’t resist putting it together.  It was kind of cold and windy today, so nobody spent much time in it.  I did have Kai snap this picture, though:

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Eva and Mommy in the new hammock.

I look forward to spending the mild days of spring rocking in the hammock.  It even fits on the porch!

I’ll leave you with that since tomorrow is a big day – Eva’s first Easter!  I hear the Easter Bunny will be paying us a visit.  😉


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Eva’s Elephant – First Progress Report

Around 8:30pm this evening I started knitting an elephant for Eva.  I’ve been wanting to make this little guy (or gal) for a while, but never worked up the nerve.

I’ve made extensive progress as you can see (haha):

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Elephant Leg!

Hey, it’s a start.  I’m going to make a traditional elephant.  She’ll be all gray except for her feet, the tip of her trunk, and the inside of her ears.  Maybe I’ll give her a bow or a flower for her head!

Little Eva is still cute as ever, of course.  Below is a picture of her chomping on a piece of cold celery during our weekly visit to my in-laws’ house.  She likes to chew stuff.  Especially cold stuff.  I don’t see any teeth, yet, so I can’t say whether she’s teething or not.  I didn’t get teeth until I was 14 months old, so we may be in for the long run.  🙂

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Eva chewing on some celery.