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Filed under: Holidays,Knitting — folkcat at 3:47 pm on Friday, April 20, 2007

I’ve been sitting on a story about mystery knitting for a few weeks now. Not because I wanted to – I’ve been dying to tell you about it. Not because I didn’t finish the knitting – it’s been done since before Easter.

Nope, it’s because the knitting involved Easter gifts for friends who read this blog. Due to an odd run of weather cancellations, this one having the flu, that one having a cold, and so on, it wasn’t until last night that I finally gave the last of the gifts to their intended recipients.

So what’s all the fuss about? Take a look at this group of characters:

peeps and friends.jpg

It all began when Kat posted her free knitting pattern for peeps – little duckies. I got a notion to make little gift baskets for the ladies in our Thursday night Knitting Around at Panera group, and started knitting.

I used Plymouth’s aptly-named Oh My! yarn – soft, fuzzy, chenille like. I’m convinced it’s so named because when you pick it up, that’s the only thing you can think of.

As I worked the first duckie, I started getting ideas. What if you made a pointed beak, and a little comb for the head? Or a muzzle and puffy tail, and a pair of long ears? As you can see, the result is a cute and slightly bizarre looking batch of chicks and rabbits, in addition to Kat’s original duck.

Kat has posted my modifications along with her original pattern, so if you’re thinking of trying these out, use the link above and you’ll see everything you need. Sorry it couldn’t be in time for this year’s Easter, but, well….you can’t always control events, can you?

For what it’s worth, the girls all loved their little peeps. Gryphon and I got to keep a couple for ourselves, too. And I had fun knitting them, so it’s all good.

There! Now that that’s finally out of my system, here’s the knitting I did last night:

WIP: Gryphon's Socks, P2S1, Final Ribbing
Gryphon’s Socks, Pair2, Sock1, Final Ribbing

We’re in the last inch on the first sock of this pair. Gryphon and I both love how the colors look like some sort of banded agate. Or jasper. (Old running joke with us – when identifying an unknown semi-precious stone, if it’s translucent, it’s “some kind of agate,” and if it’s opaque, it’s “some kind of jasper.” It’s usually even true! )

The sun is shining here today – I’ve already been out enjoying it (as much as you can while grocery shopping) with Gryphon. Rumor has it we’ll be getting nice, warm weather this weekend. Which means we’re making plans to get the A/C into the windows…

Have a great weekend!



Comment by Telmah

April 21, 2007 @ 8:50 am

I love the pink bunny, she looks confused or something with the floppy ears. Very cute. >.


Comment by Claudia

April 24, 2007 @ 9:11 am

Oh my gosh , they are SO cute! and Gryph’s sock looks fabulous! I’d say you’re making him a happy man!


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

April 26, 2007 @ 1:15 am

MAN the peeps are darling… great job!

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