Wednesday, 12 November 2014
henry the hot dog
Say hello to Henry - the knitted hot dog draught excluder! Isn't he really adorable? This was one of those patterns that I saw and immediately longed to make it for myself because the finished project looked so inviting; bright colours, expressive face, and useful all at the same time. Of course, knitting him didn't come without some problems, but don't all patterns?
buy online. Like I said, as soon as I saw the knitted dog I wanted it for myself! However the pattern recommended Rowan Handknit Cotton DK which, at £4.50 per 50g ball, was a little highly priced for me, fresh out of uni with a summer job!
However I was able to treat myself to the yarn a few months later, and I chose colours that were a little more subdued that recommended in the pattern (which is intended for a nursery after all) but still bright enough to keep up that cheery rainbow look!
I had never knitted with cotton yarn before, and I found it initially frustrating using the new material (you can read about my frustrations in an earlier blog post). This frustration, combined with the monotonous nature of the stocking-stitch pattern (the break up of colours wasn't quite enough to keep it interesting) meant this was one of those WIPs that dragged on for a long long time. I finally picked up the needles again months later, only to find that my knitting had improved so much to avoid the previous problems I had with knitting with cotton, making it look like a completely new person was knitting the dog.
So I unravelled the whole thing and started again!
Now that my knitting had improved and worked up more quickly, I was able to knit up all the components for Henry in a much shorter length of time and felt less frustrated by the straightforward nature of the pattern.
Once the pieces were finished I had a lot of sewing and stuffing ahead of me ... which wasn't ideal when all I wanted to do was knit! So once again I put aside Henry to work on other projects. Finally, perhaps another month later, I sat down and got him finished - and I must say I am very proud of how he has turned out and how he is helping keep my new bedroom warm in the cooler nights.
I have another admission though - I finished him a month ago but only just decided to share him!! Oh well :)
And so, a long long time in the making but here he is, and he is definitely one of my favourite finished projects! I would recommend this pattern for intermediate knitters because, even though the shapes are made with straight forward increases and decreases, simple colour changes and completely stocking stitched, there are a lot of components to knit, knitting with cotton takes some practise, and sewing the pieces together wasn't as easy as knitting them - its a fiddly ol' business!
What do you think of Henry though? He is so huggable I don't mind telling you :)