Last time I posted, I told you that I had jumped on Moogsmum's bandwagon, and been and bought a crafting magazine for the sake of a cow sewing pattern. And I also mentioned how, since buying said pattern, I'd remembered that I can't really sew.
Unfortunately, the seed of cow-making had been sown (no pun intended), but I couldn't really face attempting the sewn moo just at the moment... so, I set about looking for a cow knitting pattern instead, because my skills of knit are slightly more developed than my skills of stitch.
And that is how I came to find myself buying this:
It's a Simply Knitting special (snazzily known as a 'bookazine', I think, because of its book / magazine hybrid qualities). I don't like everything in it, but I love these tiny cows:
They're part of a whole farmyard set, which are all quite nice - but it's really the cows that did it for me the most.
While I was taking pics, I thought I'd share with you some of the other designs, too. Firstly, for anyone who's participating in Lucy Locket's Bunny Hop Bunny Swap: if you happen to be stuck for a pattern, why not whip up one of these "Bunny Babes and Beach Boys"?
Because what every bunny really needs is a knitted bikini, right?
Or if you're feeling more risqué, you could even opt for one that's halfway out of her bikini:
I'm not quite convinced, myself... but the basic bunny is nice, so maybe I will adapt it to make a naked version one day.
Moving on, there's also a full knitted Noah's Ark:
I have neither the need nor the patience to make the whole set, but I am rather fond of this fella...
... so I might give him a try at some point.
There's also these gnitted gnomes which I've seen made by quite a lot of blogging folk in the past, and always quite liked:
It's the beard that appeals to me, I think - because you all know how strongly I feel about the perfect partnership of beard and knit.
And the last picture I have is of this hedgehog all ready for hibernation:
He's cute, but I doubt I'll be making him any time soon as I have no use for him (whereas, clearly, knitted monkeys and cows are my very lifeblood....)
So anyway. Apologies for the picture-heavy post, and award yourself extra points if you'd made it this far. I'm off to try and finish my current WiP so that the needles can be freed up for a cow (so excited!)
Happy weekend :o) VCxx
Updated to add: People seem quite keen on the pattern book, and I had trouble tracking it down initially, so I thought I'd just add that it can be bought online here. In the UK, it is also available from WHSmith, although I had to contact several branches before I found one that hadn't sold out! And I think it might be available in various other countries through 'real shops' if you're looking for a copy and don't want to (or can't) buy online.