Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas Knitting


Even though there were UFOs I could've been finishing [ What? ... No! ... Really? ] last night I just couldn't resist casting on for a Snome
and what's a Snome?
well, I'd guess a Snowman Gnome
He was a pretty easy knit - although the acrylic boucle yarn I had on hand wasn't exactly nice to knit with, especially at the tighter than normal gauge needed for a stuffed toy... squeak, squeak, squeak and bloody hard on the hands. I originally wrote "quite hard" there, but it was more than 'quite' - it was definitely bloody.
...he was however only moderately fiddly to sew up.
I wasn't about to go out and buy a whole ball of orange - a colour I would quite likely NEVER use again - so I went down a needle size and used stranded embroidery thread for his carrot nose but followed the directions for the larger snome's nose.
specs:
size 3mm and 3.25mm needles, unknown white boucle, red Caressa and green BWM Classic 8-ply.
Pattern: Snome by Alan Dart, Simply Knitting, #34 November 07. This is the small version.

and as this post is devoted once again to things of a seasonal nature, and we're in the throes of early summer, here's a far more appropriate Aussie image: the first Christmas beetle of the season

oh and btw it RAINED this morning!!!! Not a lot, but definitely wet stuff.

4 comments:

Kylie said...

He is very cute.

I know this sounds terrible but our dogs love eating christmas beetles :(

Caity said...

SNOME! So cute!

Christmas beetles -sooo pretty ! Dog is quite bewildered by them, and although she is DEATH by snapping to flies, beetles are a bit big and noisy for Constance J.

TinkingBell said...

Lovel the Snome - and the Christmas beetle evenmore - I once had one land on me and didn't now till someone asked me about the 'pretty brooch'!

Quilting Diva said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.