Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Animals in Hibernation

Yes for the rest of the year my little animals are going in to hibernation. I have made 19 different animals in less than 2 months. I have also just about run out of sock yarn scraps to make them out of(I make something out of the skein of yarn . . . socks, fingerless gloves, ect before I make any animals) I am going to try to make a few projects over the next 2 weeks so that I have scrap yarn to make the animals in the New Year. So until then, Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Penguin

It is that time of year when everyone is going a little nuts with all of the things they have to do with the holidays. So I made a little holiday penguin. It started out just being a regular penguin but, I decided at knit-in that although the penguin is very cute plain, he needed a Santa hat. After I made the Santa hat I was told that he also needed a scarf(thanks guys!).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Young Lion and a Mighty Dragon

Have I mentioned yet that I hate sewing the legs on my little animals? Thank goodness for knit-ins or I would probably have a bunch of legless animals and very few completed ones! My lion was one of the animals that was done in 2 days but it took a week for me to sew on the legs.

The lion is a teenage male lion(his mane is starting to come in but only a little). Think Simba at the end of
Hakuna Matata.

This dragon is a friend for Champy. I was going to make a Nessie but since she will be the same pattern as Champy I decided to make a different friend for Champy. I love my dragon and her wings were a lot of fun to figure out!(I learned how to do the picot bindoff)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hummingbird with a few Turtles

One of the people from the knit-in last week (I think it was Sally) thought that I should make a hummingbird. So when I had time on Monday I looked on to see what hummingbirds looked liked. I liked the looks of the Swallow-tailed Hummingbird. So that is what mine is based on.

Turtles are my favorite animal (I have had a pet Turtle named Fred for 18 and a half years) Although my turtle is a red-eared slider, I decided to make a generic turtle(tortoise?) each have a different colored shell. This is a great way for me to use up my scraps of yarn from the other animals. Each shell takes about 2-3 yards of yarn!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Curious Squirrel

I finished the squirrel last week. However the day after I finished I learned how to spin on a very tiny spindle and have been having so much fun spinning that the little animals have been neglected. As with any squirrel, this one is very curious and is always looking for food. He was kind of annoyed that the penny was not edible!

Also I have put my first pattern up on Ravelry today! It is the seal pattern and can be downloaded here: Sassy Seal

Sunday, November 28, 2010

An Armadillo, a Walrus, and a pain in the behind Giraffe

The first is an armadillo in pink. Yes pink, just because I had some. There are plans for a yellow one before christmas(for friends in Texas).

The Walrus is made from the Spinning Room(my LYS) colorway from Periwinkle Sheep. I love this yarn!(I stiil have 22 grams of it left, so there will be more Spinning Room animals.)

I am finally finished with the Giraffe. I love how he turned out, but he was a pain in the behind to make. It took me 9 tries(3 turned out to be other animals) to get him just right. After I had finished him I decided that he needed spots. Therefore I have to go to my Chemistry Lab(better known as the kitchen) and get some food coloring and vinegar out. The spots were easy to make and really make the Giraffe.

Friday, November 19, 2010

EEK! A snake!

Although this looks like your ordinary Icord snake, it has a few Special qualities. It is in fact an Icord snake . . . he just has a few decreases along the way to make him more snakelike.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A very happy Platypus

So I wanted to make a lion . . . ummm . . . clears throat . . . a Platypus, yeah that's what I meant. Actually Alison from knit-in came up with the idea that it could be a platypus. So now this platypus is very happy (she didn't want to be a lion!)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Champy and an Orange Hippo

First we have Champy who is Lake Champlain's mysterious monster. She is pretty sure that she is a cousin of Nessie (AKA Loch Ness Monster), but the DNA test has never been completed(Nessie is afraid of needles!)

Next we have an Orange Hippo. He was dyed orange in a freak Halloween accident (he fell into a pumpkin and had to eat his was out!)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The sightly seasick Seal

Although this seal is a little green (she gets seasick if the waves are to high) she still loves playing in the waves with all of her friends. Her green coloring does make it easier to hide in the kelp forest when playing hide and go seek!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A very Sassy Stingray

Last month I traveled to Philly and went to the Aquarium in Camden NJ. One of my favorite parts was petting the stingrays. So I made this stingray in honor of the stingrays that loved being pet at the aquarium.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

2 Kiwi and a Peacock

All the way from New Zealand . . . 2 Kiwi!

And from Warwick Castle in England . . . A Peacock. Watching the peacocks was the best part of visiting Warwick Castle(at least for me!)

Sunday, October 31, 2010


This elephant was accidentally shrunk by an evil scientist! Now eating a peanut takes him two days.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Honey the Bumble Bee

The first little animal is a bumble bee.

This was a pretty simple little critter, although the size 000 needles made it a little difficult.

Bumble Bee

With Black: CO 6 sts(I used long tail CO)and join in round.
Row 1: kfb in all sts
Row 2: k3, place bead, k4, place bead, k3
Row 3: (k1, kfb) around
Row 4: knit
Row 5, 6: Change to Yellow and knit 2 rounds
Row 7: with black knit 1 row
Repeat rows 5-7 three more times(you should have 4 yellow stripes,)
Row 17: With black, k2tog around
Row 18: (k2tog, k1) around
Row 19: k2tog around
Row 20-21: knit the 3 sts as icord.
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts.

chain 2 with crochet hook
6 sc in second chain from hook.
Bind off
Attach to back of bumble bee

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Zoo

Every knitter I know has little bits and pieces of yarn left over from projects that they have completed.  With mine I have decided to create a mini zoo with little itty bitty knitting animals.  I already have a list of animals that friends and family want to see me try to make!  For most I will be using Pearl Cotton(I found a ton of the little 10 yard skeins leftover from when I was younger) and sock yarn.  The needles are US size 1, 0, 00, 000.  At least at the moment!