I’ve been rather busy with the knitting needles and crochet hooks over the past two weeks, and look what has emerged…….
These little fellows are a long standing project of mine that I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you since starting this blog. I knitted my first one about eight years ago when I worked as a technician in an art college. We used to have a Christmas craft fair every year and I sold these on my stall for a few pounds each! They sold out and I had requests for more the following year! I originally sewed a long loop on the back of the mices’ necks so they could be hung on the Christmas tree (I actually don’t have a Christmas tree picture to show you but I will be taking some Christmassy shots in the next couple of weeks, as these mice are going to part of a winter window display). I then started knitting them as gifts for friends’ children, stitching thier name and ‘First Christmas’ (if it was!) on the loop. They made lovely keepsakes and it wasn’t just the children that loved them! In fact, I suspect the grown-ups actually like them even more! I’ve seen grown women going very silly over a little knitted mouse like this one here……..
In fact I know of a certain someone who has five of these on her mantle piece and re-arranges them into silly positions every day! They can often be seen standing on thier heads or peering out from behind the clock!
I was even asked by my cousin to knit a pair of mice for her wedding cake topper! Here they are…..
My Aunty made the wedding dress and sent me a little off cut of the fabric so I could make a mini wedding dress for the mouse! What a pleasure it was to do, and a real delight to see them on the cake at the wedding.
So I’ve been making these little mice on and off for the past eight years. I no longer sell them at craft fairs but sell the pattern instead. It’s a little more viable time-wise, but I still find myself knitting the odd mouse (or six, or seven….) every now and again for a gift or a request.
The pattern is my own and emerged after a lot of trial and error and a few very strangely proportioned mice! The ones pictured here are about four inches tall, but they can be smaller or larger depending on the size of needles and yarn used. I’m planning on knitting a really tiny one with my new 1mm double pins (purchased yesterday at the Knitting & Stitching show) – I wonder how small it will turn out? I’ll let you know…….
Would you like to have a go at knitting your own? If so, you can find the pattern here. If you do have a go, please do send me a picture, as I’d love to see them and share them here on Loop and bar….
…..and there will be winter mouse window display picture coming soon but for the time being, here are a few more pics of the mice….
Remember the Sunburst Granny Square blanket I’ve been making? Well it’s finished and has it’s home on the sofa in my knitting room! Have a look……
It’s very cosy and very soft and I love it! It feels great to have finished a project so quickly. The blanket measures 135cm x 110cm and is 6 x 7 squares, so 42 squares in total. The edging is just two rows of half double crochet and the squares were ‘join as you go’ which gives a lovely flat finish with no ridges along the seams. Have you made a cosy blanket lately?
Well, I’m off to get on with some harlequin blanket samples, and try out a bit of very big crochet……. the next projects are underway!