I promised FOs, right?

Well kittens, I’m going to try and post some up even if I have little to say about them. (That’s the problem with not blogging right away; you forget everything.) I’ve spent a lot of this year knitting toys and small items…which are not my favorite thing to knit. And yet, it seems to be just about all I’ve managed to get done this year besides a pair of socks. 2011 has been a rather awful year for crafting. 😛

This trio was finished in early July and finally went off to live with Laurie‘s family in early October. I am a huge flake; it’s just how I am. I always bite off more than I can chew and then get bogged down in wanting to do things perfectly which causes me to get nothing done at times. I’m glad they’re finally in their new home. 🙂

I’ve posted the Angry Birds pattern before, and last I heard, the woman who wrote the patterns was contacted by the game company to cease and desist selling them. It’s a shame.
The stegosaurus is a pattern from here (Ravel it). I wish I could remember more about it. I decided to use inexpensive felt for the scales instead of knitting them. I took inspiration from this project and plan to copy it for myself some day.
The owl pattern is a bit special to me since my friend Rachel designed it for her own daughter. Rachel is a friend I made back at our last duty station, and I wish we could have had a bit more time to play together. She does not have a blog, but she does have an Etsy shop if you’re looking for cute embellished hats, and you can find the owl pattern on Ravelry. It’s very well-written and easy to understand; she did a great job with it. Did I mention it’s free to boot? You can use any weight yarn you want to achieve the size owl you desire. If you have anyone to knit a baby gift for, or children on your list for the winter holidays, I highly recommend this one.

This little guy is another present, this time for a friend of The Boy. He was invited to his first ever birthday party in September, and I wanted to send him with something unique to give to his friend. (She loved it, btw.) So in a very short time (4 days), I whipped this up to send with him. I was literally finishing it about the time the party was supposed to start, so I never did get a decent picture of it. (This one came from my camera phone.)

Susan is very inspirational to me, and I got the idea for a mini Jerry after seeing her adorable one. (Seriously, check out her entire Ravelry project page; she does some amazing work.) I used leftovers from my first rainbow stripey sock and a little Knit Picks palette and that was it. Little monkeys are kind of futzy, but oh so cute.
I think that’s enough for now. I’ll try to post again shortly with some more FOs. I’m hoping 2012 will be a better year in general, and I’ll get back to posting more regularly. I hope 2011 has been treating all of you kittens well!

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