December 13, 2011

Tiny Snail

My youngest sister is really fond of snails. I expect this is because of Spongebob. So when I saw the Snails and Slugs pattern by Anna Hrachovec on Ravelry, I knew I had to make a snail for her for Christmas. It was my first time knitting something so small, and it was a little tricky. It worked up pretty fast though, I made one in under two hours. My library actually has her new book, Teeny Tiny Mochimochi, and I'm dying to check it out, but it's been checked out since they got it. I'll do a post about it if I get my hands on it and knit any more tiny things. I liked how quickly making such a small plushie went, it was like instant gratification.

Here's my snail before I made its shell, so it's still a slug at this point in its development. I had this done in just under an hour.

I used Paton's Grace yarn in 'natural' for the body of the snail, and Hobby Lobby 'I love this yarn!' sport solid in orange for the shell. I used size one needles to get a nice tight knit for her snail.

Here's the finished product:

The shell was a bit difficult to sew on, I'm not very good at the sewing part of things so it was really tricky for me. Also Mr. Snail there sort of falls over because his shell is big and heavy, even though I only stuffed it with a tiny bit of fluff. I think using a variegated yarn for his shell as shown on the pattern page would look really nice, this fellow's just a simple snail. But his companion snails are pink and green, so he'll really stand out when he meets his new friends Christmas morning.

In other news, my good friend Zaphy bought me the only knit Narwhal pattern on Ravelry, Napolean the Nervous Narwhal as a Christmas gift. Another friend of mine bought me some new yarn that I'm looking forward to getting, Corntastic in Topaz. 210 yards of light blue yarn made of corn, I'm thinking about what I can make with it. I'm honestly tempted to make a Narwhal, but I'm undecided until I see the yarn in person.
 Next week I'll do my entry about owl making, so look forward to it.  

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