I realized just a few days ago that one of my favourite kiddos was going to be in Canada for a couple of days, so I immediately set to work on a handknit present for her. L is big enough now that she really interacts with the world around her, so I thought it was time for her to get a special stuffed toy. She’s absolutely enamoured by owls right now – I was around when H and D were speaking to her on skype a few weeks ago, and D had painted a few owl pictures for her, and she loved them.
I couldn’t find an owl pattern I really liked, so I ended up using one from Ravelry as a base and changing it as I went. This pattern is a very minimalist pattern, so I’d only recommend it if you’re an experienced (or adventurous) knitter and don’t mind fudging with a few things to make it work. I also omitted the legs and added wings, which I just made up as I went along – I posted some rough notes on my Ravelry project page if you’d like to use them too. Overall I think the owl turned out really cute, and it’s super squishy and huggable, which is what I really wanted in a toy for an almost-two year old. The yarn is MacAuslands 2 ply, and the eyes, nose, and wings were leftovers of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and SMC Northern Worsted.
This project was also my first for the Canadian KAL, which is being hosted by Meredith over at Wool Gathering. The knitalong is for all things Canadian – yarn, designers, theme, etc. There are lots of great prizes (including a skein I donated from Agrestal!). It’s mainly being run through the WG Ravelry group, so check it out and join us! I have a super exciting Canadian project that I’ve been planning for forever that I’m going to be casting on soon.
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