I am a bit behind so I’m sharing an ornament that I made last December: a llama, pattern by Luciana Jorge, purchased on Ravelry. This one was a little more challenging but addictive enough that I made 3 of them last December.
Small Cape Buffalo, knit up in brown tapestry yarn with #3 (3.25 mm) needles. Pattern from the book Mini Knitted Safari by Sachi Ishii. Quick to knit, a bit slower to sew up but I’m getting the hang of this type of structure now so I anticipate it moving faster in the future. Horn and ears were improvised instead of following the pattern. The horn was knit as an i-cord (something like cast on 2, K for a couple of rows, KFB, knit a couple of rows, KFB, knit a few rows, then reverse, K2T to decrease, etc) and then stitched on. Ears began with 2 picked up stitches, then K2, P2, K3, P3, bind off. Eyes and nose stitched with black worsted weight yarn. He was impossible to photograph – I did the best I could but definitely cuter in real life. Another great little pattern.
My fourth original felt ornament design. I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle. I used fabric glue to adhere the needle-felted layers to a piece of inky blue felt to finish. I stitched details using 2-strands of embroidery thread.
I’ve been fascinated with Star-nosed Moles for awhile. Their 22 pink appendages contain more than 25,000 Eimer’s organs (sensory receptors), which allow it to hunt very effectively. The species holds the Guinness World Record for world’s fastest forager, deciding whether something is edible or not in only 8 milliseconds.
Yet another quick & easy creature, knit up in brown tapestry yarn with #3 (3.25 mm) needles. Pattern from the book Mini Knitted Safari by Sachi Ishii. The vulture is knit flat and seamed. I followed the pattern except for the beak, which I picked up stitches from the head and improvised. Eye is stitched with a scrap of black yarn. Vultures are fascinating birds, particularly in their ability to consume bacteria that would kill most other birds and mammals. Read more about their unique microbiome here.
Another fast & relatively easy animal, knit up in a mystery grey yarn (prolly worsted weight) from my stash with #2 (2.75 mm) needles. Pattern from the book Mini Knitted Woodland by Sachi Ishii. The badger is knit flat and seamed up at the end. The construction is slightly different than I’ve seen before but the book has excellent instructions with photos and it went pretty quickly once I figured it out. Many of the creatures in the book are put together the same way so once you’ve made one, you can easily rock through the others. I knit the body as instructed but made slight changes for the tail and ears. I picked up four stitches on the back and knit the tail on the body using yarn from finishing one of the legs. I lengthened the tail slightly (maybe by 2 rows?). I picked up one stitch for each ear, using yarn from the nose to kFB, then finished by running yarn through the stitches and stitching down. I embroidered the eyes with a regular stitch instead of a French knot and also embroidered a nose using black 6-strand embroidery thread.
Mini Knitted Woodland is a book that I’ve had on my wish list for awhile but couldn’t quite justify. I received an Amazon gift card for my birthday recently and that was the perfect excuse to pick it up, along with another of Sachi’s books, Mini Knitted Safari. So glad I did – the badger really did work up quickly and is so cute! I’ve already started the vulture from the Safari book and am looking forward to making a bunch of others from both books.
Another fast and clever little knit, the Tiny Window Cat from Rabbit Hole Knits. I knit her with #2 (2.75 mm) needles from a mystery grey yarn (seems like worsted weight) from my stash. Details embroidered with 6-strand embroidery thread. I also knit the tail with 4 stitches instead of 6, using the icord method. The only thing that I would change is to do a provisional cast on with waste yarn to eliminate the need to pick up stitches for the base (I really dislike picking up stitches). Otherwise, great pattern. I’ve knit a couple more of her patterns (Bluebird of Happiness and My Little Goldfish) and have enjoyed all of them. And she has a new book out, Knits for Kitties, that has 25 adorable little knits. And while I’m sure my cats would love them, I’m pretty sure that I would love them just as much. On my wish list.
My third original felt ornament design (free template coming soon). I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle. I used fabric glue to adhere the needle-felted layers to a piece of light yellow felt to finish (hides the needled back & gives it some stability). I embroidered the eyelashes with double-strand embroidery thread. RIP David Bowie.
Fast & easy baby seal, knit up in acrylic yarn (which I don’t love working with but it is only an ornament, after all). Pattern by Sachi Ishii and available on her website. The pattern worked up really fast and I highly recommend it – the little guy didn’t photograph very well and he’s even cuter in real life!
My second original felt ornament design. I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle. I used fabric glue to adhere the needle-felted layers to a piece of mustard yellow felt to finish. I stitched on an iridescent black bead for the eye.
Template coming soon (probably not until the weekend as the rest of my week is pretty jam-packed).