It seems that every year when December rolls around I’ve forgotten that I should have been knitting up everyone’s Christmas gifts since October. This past year was no exception.
In an effort to avoid to what my husband refers to as the Liz-Crash of 2009, I decided to keep my diy list very short: two babies and 1 close friend.
I always like to make a handmade Christmas gift for any of new babies that arrived in 2010. My sister, Patricia had a little boy (Sebastian) as did my close friend Lisa (Cameron). Being about the same age, I decided that they would both like a toy stuffed dinosaur. Since I started knitting in 2009, Ravelry, has been my to-go place for patterns, among its other useful features. So I ended up buying a little dino pattern from KnittyNight Owl aka Mari. I usually don’t like paying for patterns, but the holiday rush set in and I was compelled to use a pay pattern due to the cuteness.
Here I am at my dad’s for an early Christmas in Atlanta starting in on the dino tail. (And yes, I’m starting one of the dinosaurs 1 week before Christmas).
I didn’t even notice before but I’m wearing my Burda Karen Cardigan in a double knit fabric.
The dinosaurs were getting restless in the car ride down to Indianapolis so they hopped out for a bit at the rest stop.
The one in front is especially restless since he doesn’t have his back legs on yet.
And here’s the finished brontosaurus. He’s very green… I later added a smile on him with some grey yarn.
As with all the knitting I do for kids/babies, I make sure I use yarn that’s machine washable.
It doesn’t get much better than this, and a free pattern to boot. The mustache part was done in double knit, which I don’t really care for. If I make this again, I’ll be knitting it Intarsia-style for the mustache area. I think it ultimately makes for a neater look on the inside.
As always, I wish I had made more time to make more gifts for people. So little time…. so many projects. But that’s life I guess :)