Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yarn Along: Teeny Tiny

* I feel compelled to note that I have minimal time for knitting. I carry my baby in a sling and knit at the end of the day when my legs and back are too tired for anything else, with the baby in the sling. Just in case you were wondering if I have staff in the background cooking and cleaning while I sit prettily and knit. I assure you, I don't.

I was working on a Rainbow Horse, using worsted weight yarn and 5 mm needles. It turned out so beautifully that I promptly cast on for another.

Then it hit me.

What it I followed the pattern using teeny tiny yarn and teeny tiny needles?
I couldn't let that question go unanswered.

And here she is. A teeny-tiny horse with beautiful stripes and flecks of colour. 

I used a small ball of self-striping yarn from my stash with a 2.25 mm needle and this is how she turned out.

We gave her to a friend for her birthday.

But the orders are in. My children want a whole herd of these teeny-tiny equines, and who can blame them? I'm picturing teeny-tiny saddles and teeny-tiny halters. Oh! How sweet!
Oh, right. The reading part. I've just started The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. It comes highly recommended by my sister and I am enjoying it so far. 

We read a lot more kids' books than adult books around here and here are  few we're loving:
"My Friend" caught my eye because the artwork is actually fabric and creative stitchery. Love it! "Big Sister and Little Sister" (by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Martha Alexander) is my perennial attempt at getting my daughters to care for one another instead of fighting! We always enjoy Elephant and Piggie books (full of sight words, high interest story, lots of repetition but done so creatively that they're hilarious) and of course, "Sugaring" is in preparation for maple syrup season!

Please stop by Ginny's blog to join in the Yarn Along fun!

12 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say, I,m so happy you take a few moments to do something you love.they are beautiful.You could knit a whole barnyard.I'm nuts about knitting baby socks right now.

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  2. Love your tiny horsey!
    There is something wonderful about tiny things.

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  3. I love making Linda's critters smaller than intended. I've made the armadillo in four different sizes now. (:

    Your wee horse looks beautiful.

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  4. Adorable little horse! Do you have a ravelry link to the pattern?
    I have a 7 week old and my knitting is done with him in the sling also. I'm grateful he loves sleeping all tucked up in the sling so I can get some creating time in!

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  5. I love your "disclaimer" at the beginning of your post! Even though mine are far out of a sling, I still have a difficult time managing to get some knitting in. We all do what we can.

    The horses are adorable. I could see making those becoming a bit of an addiction.

    When my kids were little they adored Mo Willems books. Happy reading!

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  6. Sweet wee little horsey! No wonder you have orders pouring in :)
    Love Mo Willems books! Elephant and Piggie are very popular around here - Cat the Cat are also excellent early readers by Willems, with a lot of the great repetition and sight words but funny and creative, too.

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  7. I adore them! Books, too! Such lovely stolen moments :)

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  8. I *love* that tiny horse! Things are generally better when they are teeny tiny, I've found! :)

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  9. what a good idea! i love the tiny size!

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  10. I echo everyone's comments I love the teeny tiny horse would love the pattern x

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  11. The only knitting I did after I had my first was while he slept on the nursing pillow in my lap, with the second I had abandoned the nursing pillow in favour of mobility. The little pony is adorable! My fingers itch to join in the fun.

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