I was asked to knit something for a twitter friend. I've never been asked to knit something for someone before (normally I just inflict my creations on others) so I was hugely flattered.
The pattern in question was owls by Kate Davies. I had never heard of Kate Davies and her blog needled before, but my am I glad I now have, she has some beautiful patterns! I completely adore these gorgeous paper dolls.
So anyways...as I have never knitted anything on request before, I thought it a good idea to make one for myself first (just as a practice run of course!). Off I went in to town on saturday morning (sans baby, bliss) and headed straight for the yarn shop!
Since my last visit they have had delivery of some utterly delicious new chunky yarns, which I was oh so very nearly tempted by, but having promised the Mr I wouldn't spend too many pennies and after a quick calculation, 14 balls of beautiful teal tweed at £3.10 each just wasn't going to make its way in to my basket on this occasion when compared to 7 balls of the 100% acrylic, fairly soft, a lovely colour and a snip at £1.99 each.
I cast on Saturday afternoon and I knit and knit and knit, quite solidly, breaking only for a little sleep and to occasionally tend to the toddler. At around midnight on Sunday I was so close to finishing, as I started on the neck ribbing I decided although I was eager to get it completed, I would be furious at myself for making a foolish mistake because I was tired, so I put it aside and headed to bed. I finished off the neckline and stitched the the underarms, plus weaved all the ends in, whilst watching Milo play on Monday afternoon and put it on straight away!
I don't think the pattern is perfect, there appears to be some flaws in the shaping on the back as I have a bit of a back bulge! But otherwise I really love it! The pattern suggests buttons for eyes on the owls them selves, but I have yet to decide whether or not to add these. I'm thinking I may just put them on one?
I'm afraid the photos of the finished item aren't fabulous, I'm rubbish at trying to take photos of myself!