Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yarn Along: Fuzzy Lamb


Hello!  It's a sunny Wednesday morning and I have a little Mr. Sicko in bed upstairs, but I thought I'd jump into the Yarn Along for a quick sec.

Inspired by my friend Angela's knitted penguin, I scoured the Ravelry pages for a little knit softie I could make as a present for my cousin's baby, due in April.  I found Fuzzy Lamb!  I'd never made a creature before, so I learned a few new skills.  It was pretty easy.  Only took a few days.  And the lovely thing is that it's not being worn against the skin - so I bought soft yarn but not $20/skein soft yarn, yanno?

I'm reading Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.  It's set in the not-so-distant future on the Gulf Coast where a bunch of beach-rat type folk work on scavenge crews breaking down the big oil tankers that have washed up on the shore.   The main character, Nailer, has a pretty crappy life; poor, dangerous job, violent father, and he just had his shoulder ripped apart.  He realizes that his only way out of his dead-end life is a lot of luck and a lot of smarts.  After a big storm, a fancy ship washes up on the beach (luck) but he has to use his wits to help save the swank girl that survived the crash in hopes that saving her will help save himself.   I'm really enjoying it.  I like worlds that have one foot set in my reality and one foot in fantasy.  Nailer is a great character.  He's a good young man in a savage world.  The plot moves quickly.  The characters are colorful.  The stakes are high.  Just my speed.

Now back to knitting...

The weather is changing and I needed something I little more Spring to knit and I found this lovely loose vest. I'm knitting with a linen/cotten mix yarn, which is definitely a different sensation, but the good folks at Ravelry say it softens up nicely after a wash or two.  But again, this will have a layer of clothing between it and my skin so it doesn't have to be the softest thing ever. 


Man oh man, do I love having this mannequin body to drape stuff on!

Happy Wednesday!

(Joining Ginny at Small Things.)

8 comments:

Ellen said...

What a cutie that lamb is. Thanks for the Ravelry link. I'm just finished a puppy but need to embroider the eyes and nose on.

(lia) said...

Oh that lamb is awesome. I've been looking at bunny patterns to make for Easter presents, but maybe this is a better option. SO cute!

Swanski said...

The lamb is so cute and lovely!! I love his little face :)

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

I have that little lamb in my ravelry favorites to. He is so adorable and I'm glad to hear it was an easy knit! I want to make it as an easter gift for my daughter :)

Lori ann said...

oh your lamb is adorable, i think i need to make one too! just to let you know, the vest link is broken. and i hope mr. sicko is better soon!

Angela said...

Oh I have to find that lamb; thanks for the link. He is adorable-great job Julie! You are a knitting fiend!
Hope the Sick One is better soon and that you stay healthy!

Angela said...

Okay this is when you know you have too many damn projects in your ravelry notebool . . . . I already had the lamb and forgot all about him. Thanks for the reminder!

Natalie said...

That lamb is lovely. What an excellent gift that will make. Great job.