Allow me to present, Miss Cranberry Wensleydale, of the Cheddar Wensleydales!
Project: Cranberry Wensleydale
Designer: Heather Ordover
Available: a mere $1.50 on Ravelry
Yarn: leftover Tosh Light in Alizarin
Materials: itty bitty safety eyes
I haven’t made a little knit toy just for fun in a long time, but that’s exactly what this was! Someone suggested I should stuff it with catnip. They would be mistaken.
Heather Ordover’s pattern is straight-forward. After the nose is complete, there is no shaping until the bum. I opted for the “knit separately, then sew on” version of the ears, and I ended up sewing them on upside down (I think), but they looked cuter that way, at least to me. I also bought and used safety eyes for the first time. They are SO much better than flat sewn eyes — they look right the first time, and don’t have to be redone a hundred times because the first 99 made the animal look demented.
Also? Cranberry Wensleydale is the best cheese.
I have been resisting casting on any big projects this week. I have sold a design to a magazine, and will have to drop everything and knit like mad as soon as the sample yarn arrives. (Deadlines being what they are …) Also, I’m making something for a friend, and I want to finish it quick so I can give it to her the next time I see her — so I must proceed at least 4″ every day on her scarf. Last but not least, I expect the next “Rockin’ Sock Club” kit any day now, and want to have a “working spot” open so I can justify casting on immediately upon receiving the yarn.
So, this week I plundered my Ravelry Queue for a pair of small projects.
The first is a Greta headband (I’m substituting Sanibel for the called-for yarn, which runs $40 a skein, ouch). I cast on and finished the first of three pattern repeats. I need to visit Jo-Ann’s and get the necessary O-ring ASAP — should be done shortly, but for that.
The second is a wee mouse, Wensleydale, using some leftover Tosh Light. I finished the nose and head increases during Amazing Race this week. Here is the designer’s photo of the mouse — I’ll pick up some safety eyes while at Jo-Ann’s, I think.