Monday, September 14, 2009

A Curious Niffler

I have been feeling slow lately. A general sense of malaise seems to have come over me. Not good, as I have to plan my husband's birthday celebration.

I have finished two House Cup projects and I am working on a third. I really hope to have Damson finished for the big dinner at Berns this Saturday. I wish I didn't have to go, but the hubby's dad is obsessed with this trip. It means a lot to him to spend a lot of money at a fancy restaurant that is way too classy for any of us. I would be happier at a more casual dining place, but to each his own. In any case, I am stuck going with some insufferable people (inlaws) and I would like to feel beautiful and protected while I am there. Wrapped up in my knitting. It's a long project and I don't have much done on it so far. We'll see if I can pull it off. I need to make a lot of progress on it. Today.

Before I start frantically blitz knitting on that, I have a finished project to post about. Imagine that! Blogging about knitting on a knitting blog! This is a little niffler that I made for CoMC.

Pattern: Smith by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Marble Heather and Black
Mods: None

This is one of the first patterns I have ever used that I have had to pay for (besides book patterns that is). I bought Ysolda's Whimsical Little Knits 2, and I am beyond happy with the purchase. Her patterns are detailed and thorough. Definitely worth every penny. I have to go and buy Whimsical Little Knits 1 next weekend.

This is the smallest size Smith. I made him with size 0 dpns. It was a fiddly affair with many parts to it. See, you knit the spines separately from the body and knit them onto the body as you go. It's brilliant because you don't have to sew on a million little pieces at the end of the project, and the spines go on perfectly straight this way.

I'm extremely happy with how the face came out. He's got french knot eyes and I actually managed to embroider them on evenly. Sewing techniques aren't my strong point so I'm really glad I was able to do this competently. If anyone is interested in a really good french knot tutorial, check here.

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