At first glance, I thought this was a pattern for eyeball ornaments — maybe something Cthulu-esque? But instead, they are felted birdhouses: at once more mundane and much more interesting. The designer based them on something she’d seen in a garden magazine, and that birds actually like them — so they are useful and decorative.
He may call this a “dog” tea cozy, but we all know which wonderful claymation dog he means: Gromit!!
I named my Border Collie “Gromit” because I love the show so much. If only I drank tea out of pots, I would be making up this tea cozy in a heartbeat! Maybe I will get the pattern anyway, and see if I can transform it into a soft toy …
Two clever headband patterns, knit icord-style over elastic! The flower is a perfect place to show off a beloved singleton button, too.
Happy Monday! Time to look back at the previous week’s recently added knitting patterns on Ravelry and pick a few favorites.
My favorite flowers are pansies, so I’m always on the lookout for good patterns (heck, good anything) that include pansies. These are far and away the best knitted pansies I’ve seen — true to the flower, without being fussy. The petals are knit flat, then sewn in place. The pansy “monkey face” in added in post-production with duplicate stitch. I can see myself adding pansies to a lot of upcoming projects … all I need is a little purple/blue/burgundy and yellow/white yarn, any weight will do. Whee!
Can I just say, WOW, what an ingenious garment! Part cowl, part hood, part shoulder cozy… I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I LOVE it already.
I’m a sock lover, it’s true. I just washed (nearly) all my hand-made socks, and stopped counting at pair 24. I’m in the middle of a sock-a-long as we speak (where is clue #3, people?), and eagerly awaiting my first 2011 Rockin’ Sock Club shipment. But these socks call to me too! Alas, there are other things on my needles, so these faux lace-up socks will have to wait in my queue.