Elephant Doll with Dress (WIP Wed.)


Girl Elephant in a Frondy Frock by Julie Williams



My daughter is very excited that her elephant doll is almost ready. There’s just a bit more work on the dress to finish up, and it should be a ‘finished object Friday’ post soon. Thanks to Julie Williams for this pattern — she has a great line of patterns, including other super cute animal dolls. Definitely take a look if you’re not familiar already!

I closely followed the pattern for the doll (especially the much appreciated tips on stuffing it properly). However I adapted the dress pattern a bit to make it double-sided. That means it’s a bit thicker now but also twice as fun!

My daughter picked the colours, which definitely remind me of the old CGA graphics on my first family computer when I was her age. That four-colour mode with cyan and magenta brings back memories…

Alley Cat


Heartwarmer Cowl in Spectrum

pattern: Heartwarmer by Dani Sunshine

yarn: Spectrum from Madeline Tosh

There’s nothing wrong with summer knitting, especially when getting an earlier start on winter items. Here’s my daughter’s new cowl/scarf. It’s part of her new, mature look for Grade 1. The Heartwarmer Cowl is a cool “big girl” item that’s still fun.


Lark Rise Shawl – finished object Friday

Although I’ve been knitting for years (since ’09 or ’10) I had, until recently, yet to knit one traditional knitter’s project: a shawl. I made this one for my wife’s grandmother, and my lovely wife models it in the photos here. It seemed to knit up quickly considering the size; all the yarn-overs definitely helped.

It’s the Lark Rise Shawl by Sierra Morningstar. This one is made with Tosh Vintage in Flycatcher Blue. I’m not used to blocking large items like this, but I followed the pattern’s recommendations and proceeded carefully (as shown below). I think it turned out nicely.

lark rise blocking

Finished Object Friday: cute booties


You may notice I’ve shared other finished objects within the last week. I’ve been making up for many Fridays without posts. But now here’s a proper ‘Finished Object Friday’ post!

For these baby booties I slightly adapted pattern #1 from the Cascade 220 book, 60 Quick Baby Knits. That’s “Flower Stitch Booties” by Angela Juergens.

The yarn is the “Brocade” colour in Julie Asselin‘s “Nurtured” line. It’s 100% wool: Rambouillet, Targhee, and Merino. They’re a Canadian company, located in Coaticook, Quebec. So they’re local-ish for me here in Dundas, Ontario — Okay not local, but they are closer most of my other favourites. Full disclosure: I’m now a fan.


striped baby hat in blue and grey


This hat was made for a coworker’s baby. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry. Here’s the link. It’s somewhat similar to another pattern that I’ve used before — This one in pinkgreen, and pink again — but less-fitted at the top, a bit stretchier there. This one was knit in Tosh Vintage, like many of my recent projects. It’s the same grey used for the octopus and also a new Turn A Square hat for myself.



Small knit toys

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These are a few small toys I knit last summer for two of my nieces and a nephew. The last photo shows my daughter kid-testing them in advance 🙂

Here are the pattern links:

These three projects helped use up some of my yarn odds and ends. Although I can say the octopus is two colours of Madeline Tosh Vintage. You may notice I tried something different from the pattern for the doll’s hair — more of a rag-doll look I thought. I also used ‘safety eyes’ purchased from the good people at 6060eyes.com, which I believe was recommended in the octopus pattern.