Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Another Addition and a Perfect Sunset

Meet Little Blossom. She's another one of Alan Dart's amazing patterns. I think she's a very nice addition to our growing gang of toys. They're all looking forward to Christmas this year and finding a special little person to love them. See how anxious they look?

The sun went down on a perfect evening last night, leaving a silhouette of the farm countryside. This is just another reason why I love my life here on the farm.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Scarecrow Sam

Scarecrow Sam is finally finished! Isn't he adorable, and made by my 14 year old daughter!

Here's her next project. It looks like a bowling pin, a gourd, or a rotten summer squash. Actually, it's a gnome in process and knit in the round. We've both gotten the hang of altering flat knitting patterns to knitting in the round. It saves us tons of time and produces a neater finish.

More on the gnome in due time.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Gnome, Ma'am

The latest in the toy craze! This little guy is one of Alan Dart's Yuletide Gnomes. He's made of about 1/3 alpaca and the rest is wool, a bit of acrylic for the face and nose and some of that hairy novelty yarn for the beard. I think he's my favorite so far.

Oh, and here's Sam the Scarecrow, looking a little bit, um, bland at the moment laying on is back, no wait, his front, um, well, we'll have to wait for his face to appear I guess. Bethy is hard at work on him and he should take shape in just a few more days.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Panda, Anyone?

This is the latest addition to the bear population here. He's knitted from black alpaca and white alpaca/mohair blend. The pattern is Jean Greenhowe's teddy bear pattern from Traditional Favorites. I altered the finishing to allow him to be jointed, rather than sewn on one position. I also didn't like the eyes very much--kind of panicked looking, I thought. So, I added a slanted eyelid that softens the stark look of fear to a dreamier and friendlier expression.

I quite like his looks now. He's off to become a gift for a college girl's birthday.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sock Progress

More progress on the knit along sock by Kathleen of A Bag of Olives!!