I just have 2 more legs to attach and a face, ears and tail to knit.
So that's what I was doing today. I-cords. And lots of them.
I-cord trivia: Do you know why they are called I-cords?
Answer: Elizabeth Zimmerman named these little knitted tubes "Idiot Cords" in honor of her accidental discovery of the simple technique. "I-cord" for short. :)
So there you have it... an idiotic mistake turned knitting invention!
Learn how to knit one HERE with this video tutorial.
Little intarsia pieces like this take awhile when knitting with 4-ply cotton on size 1 needles!
I can see that just getting this little guy knit up
for the ravelympics is going to be a challenge in itself.
The funny thing about knitting up these toys is
seeing my daughter's reaction during the process.
She is always talking about her new toys, and questioning my speed and knitting ability.
"Mom! Are you done with my toy yet?"
"What is that thing?"
"Why are you making it like that?"
...Can't wait until she's a teenager.. :)
Cosette is a large cozy wrap to keep you warm in cool weather. The curved shape with tapered ends is very versatile and lends itself to being perfectly draped over your shoulders and tied in front. Or for a dressier accent to your outfit you could fasten Cosette with a brooch like I have in the above picture.
But if shawls are not your thing.. Cosette works beautifully wrapped and tied around your neck as a scarf. It would look great under a winter coat with just a little color peeking through.
The yarn that I chose for this design is one of my favorites, madelinetosh. The body is made up of Tosh Merino in Olivia and the border is worked out of Eyre in the Fig colorway.
This beautiful color combination came about my accident.
I had originally ordered these yarns separately for different projects
but was continually fascinated by how well they worked together.
I think that the combination makes for a very rich looking piece.
Also the Tosh Merino is such a wonderfully cozy yarn.
I reviewed it in Episode 30 of my podcast if you would like to find out more about it.
I think that the super soft merino wool paired with the eyelet picot border makes Cosette the perfect balance of functionality and feminine style.
The deep curved shape of the shawl is created by use of short rows.
This is the same technique I used in shaping the Cedar Leaf Shawlette pattern.
Short row shaping is great. I like how it creates shapes invisibly and cleanly.
The pattern contains detailed instruction for the short row technique. But here are two instructional videos that may prove helpful as well. Click HERE and HERE.
Here is some further pattern information for those who are interested in knitting Cosette:
Width: measures approx 16.5 inches at deepest point of center including eyelet picot border.
[MC] Madelinetosh Tosh Merino [100% Merino Wool; 210 yd/192m per 90g skein]; color: Olivia; 3 skeins or approx 500 yds of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.
[CC] Madelinetosh Eyre [60% Merino Wool, 20% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk; 120 yd/110m per 60g skein]; color: Fig; 1 skein or approx 75 yds of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.
Alternate yarn for [MC] and [CC]: Malabrigo Worsted, Madelinetosh DK, Dream In Color Classy, Lanas Puras Melosa
1# 32” US #8/5mm circular needle
Optional: Stitch markers for marking wrapped sts
16 sts/30 rows = 4" in Stockinette stitch on size 8 needles or size needed for accurate gauge.
It was hard to figure out which of my daughter's knitted toys to cast on for first...
They are all so cute and tempting. After much deliberation I've decided
to first cast on for a charming little animal friend
that uses this color combination of Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton.
You'll have to wait and see what kind of animal he is!
This is another wrap design that I've been working on in the past month.
It has misbehaved greatly on the needles.. I've had to knit it twice to get the shaping just right.
So get some size 8 needles, and your favorite worsted weight wool ready...
the pattern will be available soon!
Just in time for the ravelympics this year!
Its also time for the Ravelympics!
The "Ravelympics" is an event put on by Ravelry.com. The concept of Ravelympics is to challenge yourself by starting and finishing projects during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Choose a project that will be a stretch for you or that will force you to perfect a new technique.
Ravelry.com states, "The goal of the Ravelympics is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons.
Just remember the one rule: Challenge yourself!"
The Ravelympics officially begin at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time February 12, as the Opening Ceremonies begin in Vancouver. Now is the time for all of us to pick our projects, enter the events and pick a Ravelympics team.
(Please click here for additional information on how to proceed.)
Please join team Never Not Knitting for the Ravelympics this year!
We have a wonderful, active ravelry group and would love to have you knit along with us. Also there will be a special Ravelympics drawing in the Never Not Knitting group for all of you who complete your Ravelympic project goals.
(Please leave a comment on this ravelry thread to add yourself to our team list.)
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As for me....
I've gathered all of my Ravelympics knitting supplies.
My goal is to complete a series of little knitted toys for my daughter AND to share my progress on the blog every day during the Ravelympics!
So be sure to check back often to see my progress. I'm keeping the toy projects secret on the blog for now.. I thought it might be fun for you to guess what they are as I go. :)
The yarns I chose are mostly natural organic fibers in lovely muted tones.I think that this color palette lends itself very well to children's playthings. I cannot wait to get started!
I am desperately trying to finish up my Tea Leaves Cardigan before the Ravelympics begin.I hope to have finished pictures to share in a couple of days! :)