It’s done! The KP pattern is finished, has been edited and is now flying its way off to Washington!
It feels good to get something crossed off my to-do list that isn’t school related. Though, now that I have a little breathing room on my plate (nice mixed metaphor, huh?) I will be casting on tonight for a new project!
I recently found out that an acquaintance of ours had a baby boy. It’s the sister of the husband in the couple I knit the sari silk pillows for, and when I asked the husband if there were any special colors or animals with meaning in the Indian tradition, he told me that elephants were very popular and a sign of good luck. So I will be knitting a stuffed elephant for this new baby.
I did some Ravelry window shopping yesterday and was torn between the elephant in World of Knitted Toys (which I have) and Flo, the vintage pattern reissued by Franklin Habit in a recent Knitty. I’d settled originally on the first pattern because the trunk is upturned, which I’d always thought was good luck. But today the husband told me that all the elephants they have around, or that he’d seen in relation to Indian culture, have the trunks pointed downwards. So Flo it is!
I’m going to modify the pattern by using a thicker yarn to get a larger toy, and will also be knitting it in the round. It’s garter stitch, so I will be sacrificing the ease of knitting every row…but I will gain time with not needing to seam up the entire toy. It will work…at least it does in my head. 🙂
Here’s the Featherweight cardi to date. The lower border is done and bound off, and I just need to do the body border, then the sleeves. It’s been languishing ‘cus I will need to pay attention to properly pick up the hundreds of sts around the entire neckline, but once I get that done it will return to being an easy, pick-up-and-knit project.