as i work to teach the wee one farm noises, because this is a must needed life skill i suppose (or maybe just makes reading more fun, requirement to learn for future occupation optional)….anyways, as i teach these noises, i’ll be also knitting up the (possibly) related animals each evening after bedtime. enter the book (story and instructions included): Spud and Chloe at the Farm.
i started on this project over a year ago and have made little progress! it’s a bit tedious, as the instructions are detailed, frequent change (e.g. you don’t just knit for inches and inches) and these animals have more parts i initially think–two ears, four feet, a toupee (the sheep), etc…little parts upon little parts…that then must be stuffed and stitched together so that the heads are facing the right way and they hopefully stand up .
i love this farm already.
i desperately hope the wee one will love it far more than the plastic farm the mil graced us with already (this will be relegated to “farm for use with little visiting friends”, as my knitted farm will not in use during rambunctious playdates with other’s children i did not raise to be kind to handmade goodness thank you very much). anyways, the wee one loves the animals i set free from his mobile (i knitted them to replace those horrible khaki bears it came with).
so i have hope that he will love the knitted farm 1% of the amount i will…when it’s done.
key word: done.
here’s my progress so far:
group photo time of farm.body.parts (“.” inserted because goodness knows if you are googling that in ernest, you are not looking for this blog post!): present are all brown sheep parts, cat head and body, mice body and half of chicken insides (mother hen’s lining is the polite term i suppose).
so, here’s my attack plan in order to actually accomplish this slightly overwhelming task before it becomes a “good luck in college” gift for wee one.
one animal. finished. each month. happy 2013.
january: barn cat (yes, half done…as is this month)
february: mice and hay bales
march: brown cow
april: mother hen and chicks
may: farm dog
june: piglets (two)
july: little lamb
august: spud…aka chloe…the kid (i’m switching the names of the kid and the name of ‘her’ sheep…spud is wee one’s nickname and i want a boy for his farm, so switchin’ them up!)
september: chloe…aka spud…the sheep
november: picket fence and buckets
december: finish it all up before putting it under the tree!
i have all the yarn already (i’m using cascade 220 because it requires a lot of yarn and a lot of different colors, so using the spud and chloe yarn sure is a nice idea…as is being able to by groceries…so thus, a less expensive yarn choice).
i’ll post my finished animals here, of course, and put them on my ravelry page too!
if you knit and just can’t live without this animal cuteness gracing your home, please feel free to join in and make this a knit along!