Yesterday was our Sit 'n Stitch day and I had a dilemma. I had no idea what to take along in the way of knitting. The scarf from Victorian Lace Today requires too much concentration. The little boy's sweater is too fiddly, what with cable needles and all. There are a couple other projects, but they're no longer portable knitting.
So, I went on the hunt for a simple, little project. While going through "friend activity" in Ravelry, I came across a really cute little guy named Carolus that became my take along project for the afternoon. By last night, I had all of the knitting finished. Now, Carolus just needs to get stuffed... literally.
This little bear stands about 6" and is made with sock yarn on 2.0 mm needles. Unfortunately, I have no polyester stuffing in the house, so a quick trip to Michael's will be on today's itinerary. Once I have him stuffed and he has eyes, nose and mouth, I'll take a proper picture of him.
Incidentally, on the website, which is in Dutch, there are two other patterns available (all three patterns are available in English, and are on her sidebar). One is a mouse, Lodewyk (apparently, a character in a Dutch children's story book), and a puppy named Victoria. All three are really cute and knit in one piece (sort of). That is to say, there are no separate pieces to sew together. With Carolus, the arms and ears are started by picking up purled stitches and knit directly on to the body. The pattern is very well written and easy to follow.
This is a fun knit, instant gratification, and cute as can be! I'm not usually into making toys, but this could get me knitting a few. I think this little bear will be making its way into the hands of a 4-year old who's expecting a baby sister any day now.