I realized today while updating the website, that there are a few projects I neglected to mention and post pictures of.
I don't have pictures on my current computer to post, but wanted to add a blurb about the projects. First off, I knit up and completed Egg to Bluebird and a Nest from Itty Bitty Toys. This project was part of the Painted Turtle hat swap on Ravelry. I previously posted about the package I sent and the one I recieved. I quickly took up the yarn and some needles to cast on and finished this toy in a couple days (cast on a couple days before the Olympics and finished while watching opening ceremonies).
X LOVES playing with the egg/bluebird. This is another reversible toy. Around Christmas time I knit Sisters for my Sister. The egg can be flipped to a bird (of any color of course). And the nest is just a bonus to the pattern! :) X has fun taking the egg/bluebird out and putting it back into the nest. He also finds the nest to be a great place to store his binka while he's not using it. It is so much fun to watch him enjoy this toy!
I had a bit of trouble centering the head on the body of the bird. Every time I would sew it on, it was off-center or crooked. Never wanting to "settle" on a finished project, I took the head off at least 3 times before I was happy. It's good now. :) If I make this toy again, I will probably make the opening at the bottom (to flip the toy) a bit larger so it's easier to flip back and forth. I may have measured a bit small this time and so it requires a bit of work before you reveal the other side. Overall, though, a HUGE success!
Second, I completed a little tidbit for the next swap I'm doing. (This topic really requires it's own post) After laboring through a few pages of patterns, I found a pattern for what amounts to an egg cozy. Except this one is fun when you consider that Easter is just around the corner. This chick is meant to hold a large Cadbury Egg. With a cute little ribbon tied around the neck of the chick. I posted this on Ravelry just as a teaser for my swap partner. This little guy knit up in a matter of hours.
The pattern was a bit unclear, and because X was up from his nap, it took longer than I had hoped to get it done, but I did finish before bed. The pattern for this knit used more "plain language" and less knitting terms. This got to be confusing because I kept making mistakes about my place in the project. Also, there was minimal crocheting, but instead of saying "double crochet in __ stitch" it would say "chain 2, put hook through knit stitch, pull loop through stitches, then pull loop through last stitch." Or something like that. Very confusing on that part. And although I originally cast on using magic loop, I had to switch to dpns to finish because of the shaping of the body. I couldn't figure out how to make this happen correctly using magic loop.
Anywho, just wanted to give them their 15 seconds of fame. :) Both fun, both projects I would knit again.
Oh yeah! One other project I failed to mention way back when....
Another Christmas present, I knit up a blue & white holiday ornament for my MIL. The ornament turned out much larger than I was expecting it to be, but it was different, and at the time, a challenge for me. I did forget to take pictures of this, though, so you'll just have to take my word for it that it turned out well. :)