Autumn Has Arrived!

Happy Autumn, everyone!  Are you ready for sweater-weather?  Hot cocoa?  Is your yarn basket full to the brim with Fall colors?

This post is of previous projects, and toys that are hot off the needles.


–  Little Brother Saints Bear  –

For my uncle one Christmas I made a bear from the Simplicity bear pattern number 2115, and Saints football fabric.  This year for his birthday using the same pattern, I made a miniature bear.  A little brother bear, if you will. 🙂

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I will admit, working with this fabric was a mess!  The fur went everywhere when I was cutting all the pieces out.  My kitchen looked like a crime scene!  But the end result is super adorable, in my humblest of opinions. 🙂  Since this toy is for an adult, I used buttons for the eyes instead of embroidering them, but the nose is hand-stitched with gold decorative thread.  The Saints emblem was sewn onto one of the front body pieces before I started sewing the whole thing together.  I am quite pleased with him.


–  Bedtime Bears  –

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These are 2 of my latest knits.  Using one of our many teddy patterns, I tweaked it a little so that it looks like the bears are wearing pj’s with hoodies!  100% cotton with embroidered faces, these little sweethearts are looking for sleeping buddies.  They’ll be at the Fair, and on the lookout!


–  “Rhubarb”  –

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I am loving this little pup.  “Rhubarb” is knit in 100% cotton worsted weight yarn with US #4 needles, and stuffed with polyester fiberfill.  I use the Morning Glory brand of fiberfill because it has the perfect firmness level for knit toys.  My French knots aren’t perfect, but they make adorable freckles! 🙂

Brindle Pup

This one was just finished last night.  He is ‘brindled’ – I used the Monkey Brown colorway in my favorite cotton yarn.  I think these guys would be cute in any color….

(pattern design by Amanda Berry)

– Elephants –

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I have also knitted a small assortment of elephants – folks, I’ve been crafting like crazy for this Fair.

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The elephants’ backs provide me with a sort of knitted canvas, if you will.  There are 30 rows in stockinette stitch, so I use those rows to experiment and practice my color-work.  The legs are also usually done with colorwork to match the rest of the body.  The cream colored fellow on the right is one of my favorites. 🙂  I think the pink multi-colored yarn worked really well with the dark grey for the sweetheart on the left.

And here is the little guy with the Fleur de Lis on his back.  I was trying to decide what design should go on this one’s back, and my uncle suggested a Fleur de Lis… Not too bad, if I do say so myself. 😉


 

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing a sneak peek of what’s to be at the Fair this year!  I am so excited to be doing my 3rd Craftsman’s Fair in a row.  I get to set up my booth, see my fellow craftsmen as we all do what we love, and we even get to dress up.  🙂

Sometimes I think I should skip a year because I am always on my toes trying to make things at the last minute, and then I reflect on past fair experiences and realize that I would miss the excitement and people.  We’re all one big crafting family for a whole week and we love it!! 🙂

If you happen to be in Elizabeth City, N.C. this weekend we would love for you to come by and see everyone’s hard work on display, and it’s also a great place to start your Christmas shopping.  We all know that Christmas will be here before you know it!

Keep on Knitting,

Ashley Nicole


 

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