Friday, 28 November 2008

A Blatant Copy.

A couple of weeks ago Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits had a shop sale. Milo got his eyes on this little chap


( image taken from Little Cotton Rabbits )

Aha I thought this could be an excellent idea for Christmas . So at 10pm I was poised ready to type "buy" and hopefully win him. As the clock ticked I typed furiously but alas it wasn't to be . I just missed out - I was 2nd .The next day Milo asked if I'd won him ( I had told him it was a competition) , when I said no his face dropped and he looked so sad.
After he had gone to school I went to the library and found a pattern in a Debbie Bliss book for a similar elephant. I e-mailed Julie and asked if she would mind if I attempted to copy him. Julie being the lovely lady that she is said no she didn't mind and even told me where I could get the wool for the jumper. ( now you know my secret Kitty ! ) How nice was that?
I knit up the pattern but didn't like the original arms and legs so I messed around until six limbs later I got what I wanted. Then for the jumper - after 3 attempts I finally hit on the right size.
What do you think of my copy? I'm thinking about moving the eyes?



Do you remember back in August I was coveting this magazine



thanks to one of the kindest and most generous bloggers I have yet to meet this magazine landed on my doorstep. Even though it was no longer on the shelves she contacted them and asked if they would send her a copy. Thank you so much again Kellie. I have to say it is one of the best magazines I have ever read and there are so many gorgeous things in it. My aim for next Christmas is to do this knitted blanket. I think I'm going to be shouting " mam help" a lot. Did I mention that one of Kellies quilts is going to be featured in the next issue of Quilters Companion - no, well now you know so go check it out all you lucky Australians.



There wasn't just this magazine in the package she sent either - oh no , there was also these



Just how cute are these little animals. As soon as all my Christmas projects are out of the way I am going to learn how to make these, but I can't decide which one to start with - maybe the hippo



but then again I do have a bit of a thing for elephants



decisions decisions, I want to make them all!!


Tomorrow we are going to attempt another family day out in the car now that the petrol pump relay thingamujimmy has been fixed - wish me luck...

OOhhh I nearly forget to tell you all - I haven't had any chocolate for 5 whole days ( hot chocolate doesn't count cos I don't do tea or coffee ) don't I feel good , not craving it or anything - nope hmmmmm nope

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

17 comments:

Kitty said...

Did Mr Peri twig that you'd smuggled yarn into the house? :-O It's a cute elephant - that was so nice of Julie, but you can tell from reading her blog that she's a lovely one, can't you?

Hope the weekend outing goes well.

x

Dancin' Puffin said...

I love that tiny yarn animals book - seriously how cute are those little critters?? I have even googled it and have found it on Amazon!! A good week all round then? :) Have a good weekend.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Great gifts and cool knitting too! What does Milo think of his new elephant friend? Lucy x

Cathy said...

I think your little elephant is just wonderful - well done - I have always wanted to knit like that

Erna said...

wow! that elephant looks really nice! and all those wonderfull magazines...it's a shame they don't sell them in Holland!have a nice trip!

driftwood said...

no chocolate - what are you crazy or something!!!!!
gorgeous mags!

Simone said...

Well done on the Elephant! I am sure it will make Milo very happy. You are such a fast knitter! The magazines look great. It is such a shame that we don't have such great mags in the UK.

Carol said...

He is adorable, oh I wish I could knit. How sweet of Julie to give her secrets away!
The mag looks fab too, but don't you just want to make everything you see inside?
I have just made a crochet corsage for my hat, first attempt and I am really pleased with it.
Have cosy weekend.
Carol xx

Mama de Saga said...

What a cute little elephant! You did an excellent job! Lucky girl with those magazines.

Adrienne said...

Love the eli ... ugh ... elephants bring up unfinished project memories ;-) I'm drooling over the mags ... looks like some great projects ahead for you!

Milo is going to be so surprised - you better hide that thing good!

amanda said...

Aren't bloggers fab! You lucky girl!

vanessa said...

You're a wonderful Mum, making the elephant for Milo................ I'm sure he'll remember you doing that for him in the years to come...........

LizzieJane said...

Are you mad woman...what no chocolate! You arte a better woman than me that's for sure.
Love your little ellie, isn't that Julie the best, she is so generous.

julie said...

I'm glad you managed to get hold of the wool. He turned out really well and I bet Milo absolutely loves him!

Leanne said...

I love your elephant...what has Milo names him????. Homespun is a great magazine that one had lots of nice projects in it.

Kate said...

Great elephant - he is perfect! IO just can't get the hang of knitted and crocheted toys.

Kellie said...

I am pleased that you liked your little package! I am looking forward to seeing that blanket! Absolutely beautiful!