Posts Tagged ‘owls’

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More owls

August 27, 2013

These little owls are proving to be very popular. I’ve made three so far, and have been asked to make more for friends – including one request to size it up to cushion-sized. I had originally thought that it would be quite easy, but having made one with aran yarn instead of DK and on a larger set of needles, I’m not so sure. It turned out a little larger but not nearly cushion-sized, and I think that if I worked with chunky yarn and even bigger needles I would just find that the lacey-type holes in the pattern would get too large and the stuffing would leak out. Using an actual cushion instead of toy stuffing is of course an option, but then I’d lose the shape – I’ll have to have a think about this one!

Here’s the original owl (on the right) next to the aran-weight version – made as a birthday present for my God-daughter’s 9th Birthday! (Not sure how she can be 9 already – where does the time go?)

The third one is possibly my favourite though, even if his body is slightly squished. He was a sort of experiment, I used a different stitch for the body – it’s from the “Chequered vase cover” in Let’s Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet issue 52 and essentially has two rows of slipping the stitch instead of the one for each pattern repeat. I love the colours – there’s nothing weird about having green eyes, right?

Pattern: Sidney by Susie Johns from Let’s Knit! issue 66 (on Ravelry)

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Sidney owl

July 24, 2013

I seem to have been buying quite a few crafty magazines just recently. I’m not sure why, given the abundance of fantastic patterns, freely available (or low-cost) as downloads, but I suppose as a working Mum with little time to get out to buy yarn it must be the convenience that appeals to me. Everything you need in one handy packet that can be easily picked up in the supermarket. I know that ideally I should go to our local independent yarn shop, but the fact is that it’s not actually all that local to where we live. It’s not too far from where I work, but it closes at lunch time so I can’t get there in my lunch break and at the end of the day I’m racing off to pick up my boy from nursery, so it’s a nice idea but not actually all that practical.

Anyway, some magazines do have some really great patterns. Like this one – Sidney Owl. I made this one for the boy but I liked the pattern so much that I’ve made a couple more since – and have been asked to make some more at a larger size, so I have my work cut out for me for a while! I had to learn how to do chain stitch for the eyebrows (not something I’d come across before) but the Purl Bee’s website came up trumps as usual.

I’ll show off my other Sidneys in a separate post, but here are the pattern details for now:

Pattern: Sidney by Susie Johns from Let’s Knit! issue 66 (on Ravelry)
Needles: 4.0 mm
Yarn: Kit yarn/acrylic which came with the magazine

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Owl Wrist Warmers

July 21, 2013

The next thing I made was something for myself. I don’t make many things for myself these days so it was a bit of a treat. New gloves – with owls on them!

I’ve seen this owl motif on all sorts of things on Ravelry. There’s a particularly lovely sweater with the motif around the yoke which made me drool, but I’m not much of a sweater-wearer and couldn’t justify the time to make something I’d rarely wear. Then I saw this pattern on the front of Mollie Makes magazine and knew that it was for me.

It was my first go with a cable needle and I’m pleased to report that it was as easy as pie – not nearly as complicated as it looks. The gloves came out a bit on the small side – at first I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get them on – but they stretched a bit and were just snug, which was actually pretty nice.

Unfortunately they didn’t last long. I missed a knot coming up in the yarn and knitted over it – eventually it worked its way undone and left an annoying hole in the palm of one glove. I guess I’ll just have to make another pair in time for winter!

Pattern: Owl Wrist Warmers by Tanya Antonova from Mollie Makes, issue 21 (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky
Hook: 5.0 mm