Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Knit Critters: Lucky Elephants
And they're not pink elephants or anything, but real gray elephants. I'm calling them Lucky Elephants. Because.
These came about when our housemate brought home a charcoal gray knit shawl / wrap that she'd found. It was a lovely color, a good weight, and had a few moth holes. Those disappeared after a proper washing and shrinking, which I was very pleased to see.
The shawl was pretty large, so it came out to be 5 elephants. I used the same pattern as for the other Knit Critters, but tweaked the head until I had an elephant trunk that I liked. I tried it both ways in muslin, and the end result is 3 elephants with up trunks and 2 with down.
They also went out to the back yard for their photo shoot, and they're seen meandering up the gravel path and through a bed of coral bells. It's not the jungle, but you take what you can get as a backyard photographer. It was better than the tomato plants!
These little guys also got the iron-on felt eyes (I'm loving these, I have to tell you -- so much easier than embroidery and they have exactly the look I want. I get them from Flying Felt on Etsy). I also gave them each a neck ribbon, going by direction -- pink for up, green for down. Mainly because I had more pink ribbon than green in my dwindling ribbon stash.
Must find a good sidewalk sale soon with some ribbon. I hit one this past Saturday with great crafting deals. I love it when people price things at "I don't want to take this back upstairs." I got a 2 yard piece of batting for a quarter, and a few packs of rickrack (which I use all the time on the baby dresses) for 10 cents each.
Okay, and a few pieces of fabric, but I'm trying not to think about that. Fabric is the one thing I probably don't need any more of -- at least until I find some.