I have been good & managed to stay off my feet for almost 2 weeks! :D Last Sunday, I had my first ART session with my friend. Let me tell you, if you ever have an injury, whether an overuse or not, seek out an ART specialist!! She is simply fantastic! Sunday night after my session, my leg has zero pain & stiffness. It was felt so good, it was as if the tendinitis had never hit me. When it feels that good, it’s really hard to not go for a run, but I have managed not to! Plus, Monday morning rolled around & some of the pain was back. This tendinitis is going to take several sessions with her & still more rest. *sigh*
Wilfrid the Geek
I had a wee bit of Malabrigo Silky leftover from my “Severus has the Blues” mitts… so, what to do with it, hmm? After recently getting my toy/amigurumi love rekindled, I decided to create some new critters. Since I’m such a geek myself, I’m calling them geeks. LOL So here is Wilfrid! The oldest manlet picked out his name, for the record. :D
Yarn: approximately 8 grams DK weight
Needles: Size 4 (3.5mm) DPNs
Fingering weight scrap yarn for embroidery (or embroidery floss!)
Pipe cleaners (use the same color as your yarn for his antennae, if possible)
Stuffing of choice – craft stuffing or maybe leftover yarn scraps
CO 40, divide on DPNs (10 stitches per needle) and join, be sure to mark the start of the round with a stitch marker or piece of yarn.
Knit 12 rounds stockinette.
Beginning with round 13, decrease every round as follows until you have a total of 16 stitches (8 on each side):
Needle 1: k2tog, knit to end
Needle 2: knit to last 2 stitches, ssk
Needle 3: same as needle 1
Needle 4: same as needle 2
Use the kitchener stitch to bind off/seam the top. For those of you that have not done this stitch before, I find the instructions here to be fantastic. :)
Antennae (make 2):
If you like i-cord & have pipe cleaners that will blend with your yarn, then CO 4 on a DPN & knit an i-cord around a 6″ length of pipe cleaner. If you haven’t knit i-cord before, you can learn how to do so here. Otherwise, you can knit a tube – CO 6 on DPNs, join. Knit stockinette for 6″. Bind off by cutting a long tail – thread it through a sewing needle and run it through the stitches on the needle. Secure the yarn & weave in the end. If you chose to knit the the tube instead of the i-cord, slip the length of pipe cleaner into them before attaching to Wilfrid.
Attach the safety eyes & embroider his mouth how you want it to go. If you want to add any other features, do so now before sewing him shut. Sew the antennae in place, where you want them – bend them in the shape you want. Using your stuffing of choice, stuff the toy, then sew the bottom seam together. All done!
Today’s Ravelry Search
In a conversation on Ravelry, I confessed to my utter love of doilies. Anyone that has read my blog for any length of time already knows all about it, but I decided it was time to have a post dedicated to one of my favorite things! Keep in mind – most doily patterns can also net completely STUNNING blankets or shawls, so don’t dismiss the power of the doily pattern! ;) As always, these aren’t my patterns – just click the picture to go right to the pattern page on Ravelry!
* Free pattern
Happy Saturday, everyone!