Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Game of Pig - Yarn Along

I don't know why, but tiny knit pigs make me so happy! Recently there were leftover yarn scraps from another project that were the right color for little pigs, so I added to the collection. 

The first little pig joined the pig that scurries around our house in a game of chess.

Making more moves. They are better players than I! 

The second pig materialized at my friend's house. Snow on the roads kept me at my friend's house an extra night.

So I raided her yarn stash and made her an ornament for her tree, which she keeps up well after Christmas. Just like my family used to. 

Yarn pig friends. The variegated pig can almost pass as a cat, very plump and fuzzy!

The pattern is Chichester and is available free here:

Joining Ginny for knitting inspiration here today:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

2015 Gift Reveal: Bunnies + Carrots

A few years ago, my sister-in-law gave me a book of knitting patterns that exclusively feature animal hats. She pointed out how great the rabbit hat is. Hint taken.

Fast forward two years and nephew #8, her son, is at a perfect rabbit hat age, three years old. I couldn't resist making him one! And of course every bunny needs a carrot to munch.

However, nephew #8 was in no mood to model the cuteness, so I took over that job for him... 

There was great lobbying for the second rabbit hat (why, yes, one is not enough!) to stay at our house, as you can see from the glee of our second model.

Nephew #7 (also three years old) loves bunnies above most other items.

It went right on his head with no questions asked! 

Soft lining sewn inside.

The knit carrot got eaten by his new stuffed bunny on Christmas Eve.

It was yummy, I hear!

(Pigs are known to feast on carrots as well. Bad piggy! No snacking!) 

Pattern: Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie - Rabbit
Yarn: handspun yarn held double from a Copworth Gray sheep named Norman
Carrot Pattern found here: 
I modified the greenery. 
Yarns: Malabrigo sock (green) and Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy (orange)

Happy New Year! While not the year of the rabbit, I predict bunny hats will nonetheless have a big impact this winter!