Hi, this is Flippy the penguin. He is cute, cuddly and has a great sense of humour! During his free time he likes to swim and look for fish. However, his favourite food is green apples. Flippy can always be seen with a little green leaf in his flipper and uses it as an umbrella when it rains.
Happy Feet January 26, 2012
Based on the penguin feet pattern in the book, Knitted Wild Animals by Sarah Keen. I decided to rework the pattern a little bit in a way that would help me to understand it :)
Feet are worked in garter st.
Cast on 9 sts.
Row 1: K
Row 2: K4 turn
Row 3: S1k, k to end
Row 4: Bind off 3 at the beg of next row, k to end (6 sts)
Row 5: K6, Cast on 3 sts (9 sts)
Row 6: K
Next: Repeat Rows 1 – 6 once
Next: Repeat Rows 1 – 4: Instead of binding off 3, bind off all sts
Jean Greenhowe January 25, 2012
It was around Christmas time when I came across a book called Knitted Toys by Jean Greenhowe. The knitted toys in the book made my heart beat a little fast (like seeing your favourite dress on the sales rack AND it’s in your size!). I was eager to knit everything in that book, especially the little Christmas ornaments. A few days later, I bought a few balls of yarn, a crochet hook, yarn needle, and Polyester Stuffing (a key to fattening up your toys). My very first knitted prototype was a snowman but he somehow ended up with a big hole in his head :(. So I knitted a second one right after, which looked more professional. Then after acquiring the basics, I knitted myself a bigger snowman and named her, Snowy.
Knitted Flowers January 24, 2012
The weather is getting a lot colder and the beautiful white snow covers the city like a blanket not letting any grass peek out. To keep myself warm, I decided to knit myself a head warmer. I don’t see them that often when I am travelling and wanted to knit one that’s trendy and fashionable. My head warmer is like a mini scarf with slight details in the pattern. The ends are connected by a cute button I bought at Fabricland. To make it not as plain, I decided to add a knitted flower. I googled for hours and came upon this website: http://www.knitculture.com/our-blog/knitting-spring-flowers/. I really liked how it turned out but now that I’ve learned about increases and decreases, my next head warmer will be much more tailored!
Needles and Yarn January 23, 2012
When I was a little girl, my mom taught me how to knit. I had my own pair of double-pointed needles and a gigantic yarn spool. The colour was an unappetizing dirty mustard yellow and the texture felt more like string than yarn. I would lug this large spool to where I wanted to knit and practiced my knits and purls. I made scarves for my stuffed animals, towel wraps, and mini purses. Now when I go purchase yarn, mustard yellow is not the first colour on my shopping list.