If you’ve been around the store lately and/or follow our instagram (which you shooouuuld ) you may have noticed a few new faces running about! A few tiny, adorable, yellow faces. After our spring cleaning sale we were left with a decent amount of yellow Cascade 220, and I was tasked with making as many baby chicks out of one skein as I could using this adorable pattern that I found (You’ll see later that I decided not to add the knit beak or wings and just went straight to felting their features, because you know me. I have to.) So far I’ve been able to make 5 and still have plenty left over– probably enough to knit up another 3 or 4, possibly5.
Despite the large number of them, they are all individuals with their own names and personalities! So, at the request of Jen, here are their little profiles! (Or was it Lauren…or was it both…)
Penny is the oldest. She’s soft spoken and loves to garden!
Richard is a bit shy until you get to know him, but he’ll beat you in an eating contest any day.
Bashful little Lilly loves bright colors, and makes friends easily!
Hans has a bit of a temper and lets things ruffle his feathers too easily, but he can play a mean guitar solo.
When I first came to work at the store almost two years ago, all I could knit was a garter stitch rectangle. I didn’t know how to increase or decrease, I could barely manage a purl, and the mere concept of knitting in the round baffled me. I would learn all of these things– and many more– over time, and found my confidence. Until a few months ago, however, there was still one area of the store I would glimpse at in terror: the double pointed needles.
After trudging through those few unsuccessful, unfinished projects to get the hang of them, I can now say that double pointed needles are my absolute favorite type to use, and I’m even more in love with using them to knit dolls.
Need 6″ US 7s? I’ve got you covered. Maybe a little TOO covered.
I think I can safely say I have more projects started on double points that I need to finish than on any other needles. Here are a few that I’ve been able to finish!
If you’ve been reading since October (or maybe you’re a new reader that’s gone back through the archives) you may remember that for a while I was making little felted pumpkins out of Quince&Co. Lark and Osprey for Halloween decorations! These were my second finished double pointed projects, and I’m still thrilled with them.
What was the first finished project you ask? Well, a little felted Bluebird of Happiness of course! It was a wonderful little project I could finish in a few hours, and on top of that I also got to learn how to wrap-and-turn. This little guy was made out of Quince&Co. Chickadee. See what I did there? I amuse myself.
My most recent completed dolls were slightly modified versions of the Mushroom Sprite pattern. (Which are seriously super cute and you should make them.) The first one I made was out of Bartlett, and it truly was the best choice to get that rough, rustic feel I was going for. Not to mention, it smells wonderful!
His little brother, made of Malabrigo Rasta and Caracol (only one skein of each!!!), was requested by my fiancé. His name is Bindle. There was so much left over, I might have to make another one for myself!