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Finished Objects – Ernesto the Bird

My first crochet project – Ernesto the Bird!

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I finally gave in and tried to learn crochet (like I can make four different stitches).  My first project is an amigurumi bird, who my friend named Ernesto.  It was kinda fun and I will likely make more animals as time allows.

Moving on to the details.

Hook – 4.5mm Clover Amour

Pattern – Jay the Bird (Ravelry pattern here) from Stacey Trock. I actually got this pattern as part of her Woodland Animals class of Craftsy.  I previously started another “Learn to Crochet” type class but didn’t really like how the instructor taught.  I viewed some of Woodland Animals class during Craftsy Unlimited’s free weekend (I didn’t subscribe to Craftsy Unlimited though) and really like Stacey Trock.  The class includes about four patterns/animals. The individual pattern is $5.00 US on Ravelry.

Yarn – All of the yarn used is Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, which is an aran weight acrylic yarn.  The colorway for the bird’s body is Scarlet and the beak is Mustard.

I stuffed the bird with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes.  My project page on Rav is here.

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Finished Objects – Kittens

A little finished project – knitted knittens!

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Tell me those aren’t the cutest? My boss in Colorado is a cat person but they don’t have any cats at the present time (multitude of reasons).  So, I knit these kittens with the rationale that they don’t require feeding or litterboxes, don’t shed, are soft to pet, and don’t require care when she’s out of town.  I sent them off to her with some brownies and muffins.  The gray and white kitten is intended to resemble a cat named Jasper she had as a child.  The pattern is for a solid colored cat so I knit the black cat first, then did some experimenting to get the white on the feet, belly (can’t see in the pictures) and face.

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Moving on to the details.

Needle – US 2 or 3 straight needles

Pattern – Kitten Knit Pattern (Ravelry pattern here) from Amy Gaines (AmyGaines on Ravelry). I looked at a couple different knitted cat patterns and liked this one the best.  There are a fair number of pieces (six) – I think the seaming and assembly takes more time than the knitting.  However, it does sit up on its own and the knitting itself is pretty easy.  Pattern is $3.00 US on Ravelry.

Yarn – I knit the black one out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted (merino wool), using the serrano color for the collar.  I knit the gray one out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (blend of corriedale and merino wool), I think in the Lace Ice Heather color, but I’m not positive.  Personally, I don’t think the Wool of the Andes very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin, although the Swish was amazingly soft.  A 50 gram ball of either yarn is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge .

I stuffed the kittens with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes and bell.  My project page on Rav is here.

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