Saturday, March 21, 2009

Checking Things Off The List

I have been busily working on various projects. Some have been sitting unfinished for quite some time and others were in the queue. Here are a few things I've been working on lately:

I have long wanted to make this bunny from a pattern I bought by Barbara Prime (Fuzzy Mitten) but was too intimidated to try it until recently. Perfect timing for spring!

First Fuzzy Mitten!

Here's another photo:

Bunny!

Another project picked up from my queue was a pair of removable throw pillowcases. I found a very nice tutorial some time ago at Cottage Magpie. Again, I had to overcome some fears about inexperience (I bought the fabric for the pillows about 2 years ago!) and gave it a whirl. Everything went well except for inserting the braided cording around the outer edge of the pillow. Eventually, I realized that the zipper foot was not going to work for me and I serendipitously came across a blog where this problem was discussed and the blog owner mentioned using cording or welting feet. I ordered both and it was smooth sailing after that!

Close-up Pillow Shot

New Throw Pillow Covers!

As for long lingering UFOs, I finally finished my vest that I began in the summer! Many thanks to Cynthia for all of her help!

Back To School Vest Close-up

Back to School U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits
Yarn: Queensland Kathmandu Aran, 4.5 balls
Size 10 Needles

I also knit some fast pop-top mitten/gloves. My class began in mid-January and I was finished by the end of the month.

Pop-Top Gloves

Pop-Tops Closed

Pop-up Paws by Mary Dockman
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Size 4 & 6 dpns

My last couple of finished projects are amigurumi, of course. I saw a cute free pattern for a mushroom with a top that opens and worked on it last month. Sadly, it's a little deflated.

Crochet Mushroom House

Lucas also spied a cute mouse on the cover of one of my Japanese amigurumi books and requested one of his own. I couldn't turn him down! Here is his mousie:

Mouse Amigurumi for Lucas

And, if you combine the mouse and mushroom: problem solved.

Mouse in the Mushroom House

Looks a bit like he is riding in a space ship, no?

Plenty more projects are in the works. Hopefully I'll have more to share soon!

5 comments:

Knot Garden said...

The bunny is adorable. I bought some of the Fuzzy Mitten patterns a while ago but haven't tried any of them yet. I love your picture of toys along the back of the sofa.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Love those pop-tops:)

willynillywaterlily said...

I just love your knitted bunny! Your amigurumi mushroom and mouse are so adorable, too!

La Mañosa said...

Thanks, everyone! The mittens and amigurumi were really fun to make.

lily boot said...

oh that little bunny is so very cute - I mustn't show my daughter or she'll want one and I cannot imagine knitting anything that 3D!