Elephante

Once upon a late-night high school shenanigan, my friend Deidre and I discovered an abandoned childhood game: Elefun!  The game consists of an elephant who blows butterflies out of his trunk (naturally) for all the boys and girls to catch!

Though my sisters were still young(ish) and may have searched for the game on subsequent Saturdays, we decided that it was time to send it off to its retirement.  The scheme was laid out, an outlandish poem about a magical “elefante” written, and we giggled all the way to a randomly chosen classmate’s house (the “random” choice might have had something to do with how good-looking said classmate was).  We placed it in his yard, inflated his trunk, so the “heavenly butterflies” could rise up to his bedroom window, and left the poem for him to read with perplexity the next morn.  It was ridiculous.  And, to seventeen year old girls – hilarious.

Fast-forward 10 years (hard to believe).  Deidre now lives with her husband in London, and they are expecting their first child!  She is quite possibly the CUTEST pregnant woman EVER.  Do those cutest baby photo contests start in utero?  Because she would win, hands down.  I was fortunate enough to visit with her last weekend at her baby shower, and gift her with an homage to our dear old friend.

IMG_0979IMG_0981This might be my favorite stuffed animal that I have made.  I used a pattern from Zoe Mellor’s Knitted Toys.  He is made from some leftover cotton (not sure what brand), buttons for the eyes, and some denim patches (meant for jeans) for his flappy ears.  Of course, he is stuffed with fluff, and I used embroidery floss to frame his ears.

I can only hope that this toy provides as much entertainment as the elephant that inspired it.  Congrats, Tom and Deidre!  You will be AWESOME parents.  Much love.

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Vintage KC Tea Towel

I have been asked to contribute to the coolest magazine out of Kansas City again!  It is an honor every time.  This time, I was asked to decorate a tea towel along with 5 other bloggers.  Read the electronic issue here:  Vintage KC Fall 2013.  Did I mention it is the coolest magazine in Kansas City?

I bounced around a lot of ideas for my tea towel before I finalized my design.  For a while I was arranging knitted bows of varying colors and sizes on the towel, with little satisfaction.  What I was sure about was that I wanted a cable strip to line the bottom edge, so I set my bows aside and sewed on the grey strip.  I loved it so much that I decided to just continue making strips with different textures to arrange on the towel.

tt2 copy 2It was a simple process, but a time-consuming one.  I knitted the strips, and arranged them as I went.  I pinned them down with safety pins, and hand sewed them.  If you want to make your own, you can choose your own patterns for texture, but I will include the patterns that I used below.  Have fun!

Vertical Strip in Olive Green (which I think looks like an owl but is called “Ring of Fire”):

CO 12 sts.

Rows 1, 3, 17, 19, 21, and 23: (RS) K3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k4

Rows 2, 4, 16, 18, 20, and 22: (WS) P3, (k1, p1) twice, k1 p4

Rows 5: 6-st. RCP, 6-st. LCK

Rows 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14: k1, p1, k1, p7, k1, kp

Rows 7, 9, 11, and 13: p1, k1, p1, k7, p1, k1

Row 15: 6-st LCP, 6-st. RCK

Row 24: Rep. row 2

Repeat to desired length.

CODE:

6-st RCP: Sl 3 sts. to cable needle (cn) and hold to back.  p1, k1, p1, k3 from cn

6-st LCP: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, k3, p1, k1, p1 from cn

6-st RCK: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to back, k1, p1, k1, k3 from cn

6-st LCK: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, k3, k1, p1, k1 from cn

*It is SUPER helpful to use this chart when knitting this one: Olive Green Chart

Horizontal Grey Strip (on bottom edge):

This one is a super easy cable knit:

CO 8 sts

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): p1, k6, p1

Rows 2 and 4 (WS): k1, p6, k1

Row 5 (RS): p1, sl 3 sts onto cn, hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p1

Rows 6 and 8 (WS): k1, p6, k1

Rows 7 and 9 (RS): p1, k6, p1

Row 10: p1, sl 3 sts onto cn, hold in back, k3, k3 from cn, p1

Repeat to desired length

*Horizontal Brown Strip is virtually the same, except there are fewer sts.  It is knit across 4 sts.  There are no purls on the sides of the cable.  Sl 2 sts. off instead of 3.

Horizontal Blue Strip (so much cooler in real life):

This one is so much easier to do with a chart, so download this spreadsheet: ktog-blue

Horizontal Turquoise Strip:

This one is simple!  It looks interesting because it is knit from yarn that varies in thickness.

CO 5

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): K all

Rows 2 and 4 (WS): P all

Rows 5 and 7 (RS): P all

Rows 6 and 8 (WS): K all

Repeat to desired length

Vertical Grey Strip:

CO 8 sts.

Row 1 (RS): k5, 3-st RC

Row 2 (and all WS rows): Purl

Row 3: k4, 3-st RC, k1

Row 5: k3, 3-st RC, k2

Row 7: k2, 3-st RC, k4

Row 9: k1, 3-st RC, k4

Row 11: 3-st RC, k5

Row 13: 2-st RC, k6

Row 14: Purl

Repeat to desired length.

Here’s a helpful chart: Vertical Grey Chart