Aug 22, 2015

Snowballs

Snowballs
 Last June we had a snowball fight party. Here is my blog post about it. Due to the great success the half birthday snowball fight party had last year, we are repeating it again this year.


This picture shows the 101 snowballs I knitted last year. After the party was over, we gave away all of the snowballs. So I was asked to make another 100 snowballs this year. I started in January, like I did last year. But unlike last year I was not finished with knitting the snowballs by the end of February. This year I am rather slow. I missed the June deadline and I am not done knitting, yet.

 
I even took the snowballs project with me to the beach. This is snowball number 64.

I hope I will be done in time for the postponed snowball fight in September. I think we might keep some of the snowballs just in case there is the request for the third celebration next year.

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Aug 8, 2015

Toys for Library

Toys for Library
Once again, our local library have the summer reading program for children. The program encourages them to read. The volunteers record the time and books the children read, and for their time and participation the children receive raffle tickets. Each week there are plenty of prices to choose from.

I think that this year is my fourth or fifth year that I have donated several of my knitted toys towards the weekly prices. Each week one of my knitted toy find a new home. I see the amount of tickets in the container in front of my knitted toy each week, and I must admit it is rather enjoyable feeling to see how many children are interested in winning those handmade toys. Whenever we visit the library to pick our books, the librarians tell me all about how much joy and smiles the children had when they came to pick up their new toy.

For me personally, this is what knitting is about. The joy and happiness a handmade gift can bring.

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Jul 25, 2015

Knitting Pattern for Cecile, the Window Cat

Cecile, the window cat
Cecile, is an adorable cat, that likes to sit on a window edge and look outside.
Knit her in traditional colors, or perhaps go wild and use whatever color speaks to you.
That is what many people did during this month mystery KAL. And I have to say all of the finished Cecile's are wonderful and full of personalities, just like the real cats are.

 
 

Now that the mystery KAL is over, the complete pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:






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Jul 9, 2015

Knitting Pattern for Shirley, the shark

Shirley, the shark
 Shirley, the shark is a friendly huggable toy, with fancy stripes and big teeth.
You will need about 102 - 140 yards / 108 - 128 meter of yarn to knit her.
Using DPN US #5/3.75mm or your preferred method for knitting in the rounds and Cascade 220 Superwash yarn, some polyester stuffing and two safety eyes (or black embroidery thread).

The pattern is available in my Ravelry store or you may purchase it by clicking on this button:



Shirley, the shark

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Jul 6, 2015

Mystery KAL and Minions

Cecile, Mystery KAL
I have to admit I love mystery KAL.  It is fun, exciting and mysterious. In a way it makes me feel like a child again. Yesterday I posted the first clue for Cecile, summer mystery KAL in my group on Ravelry. The second clue will be posted July 15th and the final pattern will be available on July 25th.
If you are on Ravelry, join the fun, the pattern is free while the mystery KAL runs.


And this is the yarn I am working with right now.
While waiting for the movie "Minions" to come to the cinema near us I make minion pencil boxes.
Pattern link
I have even discovered fabric with minions for the inside.




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Jun 18, 2015

Knitting Pattern for Tiktaalik - Mr. T

Tiktaalik Mr. T

Tiktaalik is a creature from prehistoric times. I learned about him in Biology class that I took. I thought he was adorable and cute.


To knit your own Tiktaalik you will need about 110 - 120 yards or 101 - 108 meters of yarn.
I have used Cascade 220 Superwash.
The finished toy size is about 14" or 36 cm.

The pattern is free and you may download from my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button.

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Jun 15, 2015

Knitting Pattern for Stella, the stingray

Stella, the stingray
Sometimes my inspiration for knitted toys is completely random. One day we watched  a documentary about stingrays and I was mesmerized by their gracious movements, and their own beauty. I just had to knit one.
Stella, the stingray top

This adorable stingray is knitted in two pieces, then sewn together. Shaping is done with simple increases and decreases stitches. It is great pattern for someone who is about to try knitting toys for the first time.
Stella, the stingray bottom

Finished Toy Size: Approximately 5.5” (14 cm) wide, 6” (16 cm) long (10” / 26 cm with tail).

Yarn:
Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yards / 200 meters per 100g / 3.5oz)
892 Space Needle (1 skein), 900 Charcoal (1 skein)

Yardage:
About 40 - 50 yards / 36.5 – 46 meters each color.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, two small safety eyes, polyester fiberfill (small bag).

The pattern is available now to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:



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