I almost forgot: I have another finished object to show you! This one has been finished for at least a week now, but got lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way. I’m not crazy about how it turned out, and consumer reviews are mixed.
- Pattern: Alpaca Comfort Blankie from Natural Knits for Babies and Toddlers (ravelled here)
- Yarn: Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds in Ecru & Brown, approx 130 and 30 yards each
- Needles: US 5/3.75 mm
- Mods: Omitted ribbon edging and cast on 2 extra stitches so I could do a 3-stitch garter edge up the sides instead. Knit a 6-inch icord and attached it with the head.
This is one of those patterns that caught my eye because it was cute and seemed like a practical plaything for baby. As a knitter, the fact that the pattern called for alpaca yarn didn’t really phase me. I chose some nice undyed yarn, thinking that would be healthier for a baby to ingest if things got wild. What I didn’t bargain for was the texture of such yarn in the mouth of a baby. While it’s soft to the touch, it’s not as soft to the palate. My nephew promptly put the sheep’s head in his mouth and made the Yuck Face. He played with it a little bit after that, but never again did it go near his mouth!
This was another lightning fast baby knit, until I got to the finishing. The little head knit up quickly, and I stuffed it with wool yarn scraps. Then it sat around looking more like a sheep’s testicle than a cute toy for a while until I mustered up the courage to whip up some French knots. And even after I embellished the face and attached it to the blanket, it sort of just bobs around… Not something I think I’ll make again, but it’s a decent addition to the toy box.