Wool in my soup

I am a 67 year-old grandmother living on Vancouver Island. I have crocheted, cross-stitched and rug hooked, but I always had yarn on needles. Recently knitting has become my primary hobby!

Location: Canada

Friday, June 08, 2007

Please Meet Hettie the Hedgehog!

It has been awhile since I last knit toys or felted! This was a quick knit, but one of those where each row was different. It was difficult to see on the 'back' of Hettie just where I was, as the 'Funny' eyelash yarn combined with the Galway wool makes it a bit trying at times. However, it did not take me long to do it and I think she is cute. I made her for the big sister, Cate, of a new baby due in a couple of months. I have an Elizabeth Zimmerman simple sweater ready for the baby, but I always like to give a little something to the older brother or sister. It gave me a chance to have some 'knitting fun'.

Below, Hettie, is wearing a little red hat from Kristin Nicholas' book, 'Knitting for Baby'. I did not have much of the superwash merino left after knitting the little hat, but I did pick up stitches along the edge and knit a brim - I just hate having those little tags of yarn left, so this way I could use the entire ball! Take a look at the photo of the baby on this book of Kristin's knitting! Isn't that just the most precious little guy! He reminds me of my son, who is now almost 46! The pattern for the little aran style sweater he is wearing is in the 'Knitting for Baby' book. I ordered myself a copy of the book, as I knit the hat from the book while I had it on loan from the library. It is a book I want to have in my knitting library!


Blogger Kate said...

Hands down the cutest knitted animal I have seen.
Well done!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Completely adorable!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Well hello, Hettie!

(She is sooo cute!)
That baby on the cover of that book is beautiful! Pretty nice little sweater on him too.

5:00 PM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

Cute toy! and it is so thoughtful of you to think of the older child.

Your son was a cute baby. Funny how a picture of a baby, not even your own child, can bring back such a rush of happy memories.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I just love those little hedgies! I loved them so much I bought the pattern, just haven't had time to make one yet.
Hettie is adorable :) She will be well loved!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Peg...he is too cute! A woman in my knitting group made him and he is much bigger than I thought. Thanks for the info on the Garnstudio charts...thanks to you I figured out my cable sweater pattern! It's in book 55, pattern 18. I can't wait to start it...after I finish all the other half done projects :o)

Karen in MN

5:19 PM  
Blogger Holly Bernice Cox said...

Thank-you for the birthady greetings Peg. I love Hettie she is adorable.angie ..I have to use Holly's log-in as I am on wordpress.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

LOVE that hedgehog. HAVE to get the pattern. (Sigh - yet another must-do to add to the list...) And the hat is so cute.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Nan - said...

I love Hettie. And I so admire what you do. It must feel so incredible to make something like this, to put a part of yourself into a creation for someone else. I am just amazed at your talent, Peg.

6:30 AM  
Blogger gail said...

What a precious hedgehog!!! My daughter's elementary school librarian had a real live little hedgehog in the library, until it sadly passed away. It was the library pet/mascot. Since then, my daughter has had a softspot for hedgehogs, which don't exist here in the upper midwest. How nice of you to make something for the big sibling as well!!

8:32 AM  

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