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whooo whooo

ever buy patterns, but don't knit them? I have stacks and stacks of books, magazines and binders full of patterns I have proclaimed to love and yet have never knit. on top of that, I've got even more stuffed into my computer, in my "patterns" folder, in my bookmarks, in my ravelry queue, in emails I've sent to myself... patterns out the wazoo! sometimes I think I should just knit them just for the sake of not looking like such a hoarder/slacker. but really, sometimes what you need is a reason to knit something and the perfect pattern just for the occasion.

I forget when I first saw hansigurumi's amazing patterns, but I remember I was just so wowed by how intricate and realistic her designs were. I finally just had to buy one when this came out. and then it sat in my computer for months and months. and then my friend who maybe has a thing for owls had a graduation party today! it was a sign from God. it was time to knit!

pattern: horned owl by hansigurumi
yarn: lion brand cotton ease
needles: us6 dpns
finished: may 23, 2008
notes: holy cow, was this fun to knit! it wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be and there was just about zero seaming. I did make one really dumb mistake and then had to rip out half the back and start over. and then after I finished knitting the legs, I realized I didn't have quite enough stuffing to stuff them. so I had to rip that out too. and then I had to make up some way for the butt to come together right in the absence of the legs. I also filled his butt with lentils so that he wouldn't tip over. all in all, though, I am happy with how he came out. I fully intend to make more! and I really like the way he feels in the cotton ease - very soft and cuddly. I also want to make one with legs just to see how he comes out. or maybe with really bulky yarn so that he comes out like three feet tall. that would be awesome. it's a fantastic pattern. everyone should make one! or twelve.

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  • Blogger Traci says so:
    12:28 PM  

    Susan, I *LOVE* my super soft knitted owl with the lentil butt and no feet. He's perfect!

    Enabler... :)

    Oh, and thanks so much for coming on Saturday! top

  • Anonymous ruth says so:
    11:00 PM  

    CUTE!!! top

  • Blogger Wendy says so:
    10:58 AM  

    hahaha you're hilarious susan! yaay for a reason to knit! i totally know what you mean. the owl is awesome! i esp love his floppy wings. :) top

  • Blogger mel ip says so:
    3:14 PM  

    Cute!!! I have been on an animal/creature-knitting craze since it's like one baby after another (from friends--not me). (And to answer your question from my blog, probably no kids until later next year...)

    I'm currently knitting two monkeys for my friend's twin baby girls. I sort of made up the pattern after seeing cute knit monkeys all over the Internet.

    BTW, congrats on winning the yarn!! top