Tiny Animals and Hats for All…

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Who doesn’t love the cuteness of tiny knitted animal decorations  for your holiday tree? We have our annual ornament KAL this Sunday at Toast Wine Bar and that has got me thinking about a couple of things I have made recently that I plan to give away to a few special people in my life who appreciate handmade gifts. I just love the work of the talented designer, Susan B. Anderson. If you don’t know her work, I would suggest getting one of her books on baby hats and toys, looking at her Ravelry page or checking out her instagram handle at @susanbanderson. She released an adorable pattern last year called “Sheep!” and I have been working my way through all three of them. I used Tuku fingering wool for the body of the looped sheep and the textured sheep and Cascade 220 sport for the colorwork sheep. I won’t lie — this is a bit of a fussy knit and you have be able to do an i-cord for the legs and embroider a little bit for the faces. As well, it really tests your skills on 2.25 mm double pointed needles, but the results are so satisfying fabulous that I plan to make one or two more out of my hands spun wool soon. Plus I also learned a new skill – called the Loop Stitch — that really helps you create the look of a fleecy sheep. These little guys are on display in the shop. If you are wondering where I got the tiny bells for their collars, they were a little bracelet from Michael’s that I took apart.

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The other ornament I did is a tiny mouse that was a fun and fast knit. This pattern is called Holiday Mice by Barbara Prime and it is a free pattern on Ravelry. This is a family of three mice and I made the mama mouse with a sweet little red hood and sewed a tiny bell on it as the picture in the pattern suggests but you could use a sparkly pom pom if you have those on hand. I used Cascade 220 for the body, Tuku fingering for the hat and Amore 115 for the ears and tail. I also stuffed them with some spare fleece I had in my stash but you could also use fibrefill if you have that on hand. These little critters are the perfect way to use up some leftovers in your stash yarn, to try out a new stitch or sample a new wool — you only need a small amount for each one.

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Now onto my other knitting obsession of late — Hats! I have been knitting Olga Jazzy Knits Roku hat for my future son in law. He wanted a watchman’s cap with a roll up brim and this fit the bill nicely. This is a super fast pattern in 1×1 rib and I used Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in a slate grey colorway. I have also have a few new babies in my life and have been making a little ribbed cap out of Cascade Duo alpaca/merino blend for a neighbours daugther. For my seven month old granddaughter, Maddie,  I made Tin Can Knits fun textured Bumble Cap from some Koigu and Julie Asselin’s fino simple. She has been wearing it all fall and growing into and out of it at a very fast rate. I plan to make her a larger one so she can get through the winter with it. Again, these projects do not take up too much wool, so it is a great way to use up some leftovers from a larger project.

Have a great holiday everyone,

Projectfleece
aka Cathy

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