I've got to be honest, I will not be sorry to see the end of this week. It's been a rough one in my neck of the woods with the final insult being the flare up of an old back injury. I can barely lift the baby out of the crib and I fear we are housebound for a while as I cannot even imagine getting all three kids into their car seats. Thankfully, my husband starts two weeks of vacation tonight. I just need to make it to six o'clock.
At least I have today's finished object to cheer me up. It's a fun one. I've made a monster (technically two) for my daughter's upcoming third birthday.
This is my first Rebecca Danger monster. I am sure it won't be be my last (especially since oldest boy has already picked out the one he wants for his birthday - which isn't until next March! He wanted to pick out one for the following birthday too, but I had to draw the line somewhere ; )
I used scraps to put this toy together. Man, it feels good to use up some extra yarn and not spend a penny on a project! The reddish yarn is actually from the very first cardigan I ever made Doodlebug, so that makes it even more special.
What an I say about this pattern really? Rebecca Danger is an absolute pro at toy patterns. Her simple instructions made this so easy. I couldn't find appropriate safety eyes so I went with buttons I had lying around. I probably would have just stitched eyes on with yarn if this was for a baby.
Yarn: Cascade 220 solid and heathers scraps
Great workhorse yarn. Wonderful colours. I needed just over a third of a ball of each.
Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4
Knit Picks nickel interchangeables and also a ChiaGoo red fixed circular with a 32" cord.
I knit this toy at a very tight gauge as my last toy had some gaps where the knitting stretched and you could see the stuffing. In reality, I probably could have gone up one needle size. I used magic loop for everything and it worked a treat. I did find find it a little rough on my wrists but I suspect that was mostly due to the tight gauge. I also ended up with a mysteriously bent needle about halfway through the project.
I still have no idea how this happened!
I am very excited to give this to Doodlebug next week. We will be travelling on her birthday and it will be nice to have a gift to give her that is so easily packed.
I hope your Friday is much more fun than mine is likely to be. (How do you begin to pack for a trip away with 3 kids when you can't even stand up straight?) I think I need another coffee and some more Advil before I even start thinking about it! Or better yet, maybe I'll just put on a movie on for the kids and spend some time checking out all the other great FO's being posted today. All in the name of resting my back of course!