Meet Snoozing Ned, otherwise known as the Thinggummer's Thing on my personal journal, also known as my Valentine's present for my girlfriend. I actually finished it on Thursday but didn't put it up here for fear she'd see it and spoil the surprise.
Isn't he the cutest thing you've ever seen? This is one of those where I'm extremely proud - not only did I make that, I made it so it didn't look like a not-too-bright four year old made it! (this is what usually happens when I attempt to be arty.
Coats & Clark's Snoozing Ned
Yarn: Originally, this was going to be a remnant ball of Wool-Ease which I'd given to my girlfriend for a remnant ball rug. So, I asked for it back. And then I got the ball. And I read the pattern. And I realized it called for sport weight. Luckily, this is why knitters have stashes - I found a ball of cotton that a friend, Kati, had sent me a couple of years ago, that worked perfectly.
Needles: size 3 DPNs
Etc... Felt found at a basic craft store, cut according to pattern and then sewn on with my absolutely awesome sewing machine that I have to marry because I lurve it so (girlfriend be DAMNED!). Stuffing and embroidery floss, er... borrowed from the girlfriend (what? I asked her permission. She got it back... sort of).
This project was far easier than I thought, except for when it wasn't. Maybe I'm just not that bright, but I had the hardest time reading the instructions for this - for example, it asks you to K 3 rows in one place, where they mean work 3 rows stockinette stitch. Still, I loved my first chance at sewing fabric into knitting... it makes the idea of steeking far, far less scary. I did the bulk of the project on Tuesday, which I took off to get a crown put in, and it was a great mindless project to do while watching "Six Feet Under" and waiting to regain feeling in my face. The combination of sewing and knitting was a lot of fun. I'm not saying I'm going to be going crazy with knitted toys in the near future, but the girlfriend loved the present more than I enjoyed making it, so it was definitely worth it.