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Little fox body parts all waiting to be given life. With a ...

Little fox body parts all waiting to be given life.

With a needle and yarn and some fluffy cotton stuffed inside, suddenly these weird shapes will be a cute huggable fox. I don’t know exactly what he’ll look like yet…I can’t wait to meet him.

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I feel lucky to have had some friends, aquaintances, and even...

I feel lucky to have had some friends, aquaintances, and even strangers reach out to me to place orders for stuffed animals (among other things) these past few months. My most recent request was for a stuffed whale and I was so excited to make one. It turned out bigger than I thought (2 ft long!) which I love. It is going to be a gift for a baby due in September and I like that the whale will be bigger than its recipient for a while.

I used some dark blue fabric from a shirt I was going to give away for the top and grey linen that has been sitting around waiting to be used for a dress I have yet to start. I like the way the two turned out together.

There are a few things I wish I did differently, but wanted to share this one anyway because I do love to see my progress.

I used this pattern and tutorial for the whale. During my search for patterns I also came across this knitted whale and kind of want to cast on right now and make one just for myself. So many things to make, so little time…!

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A knitted raccoon for a sweet boy’s second birthday. I can’t ...

A knitted raccoon for a sweet boy’s second birthday. I can’t get over how cute this thing is.

I learned a technique called intarsia for this one and am glad I attemted it. The only way I have learned anything in knitting (life?) is by diving in despite lack of knowledge and experience.

Listened to this podcast today. Jeff Bridges on art the creative process. I just love him.

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After knitting the bunny for my friend's baby shower it becam...

After knitting the bunny for my friend’s baby shower it became obvious to me that I had embarked on a knitted stuffed animal journey. This elephant, also for a pregnant friend, is the second animal I attempted.

I learned a lot from doing the process twice since the arms, legs, and body are all the same as the bunny. I think I mastered the french knot for the elephant’s eyes, which is more than I can say for my first attempt, since the bunny’s eyes started to unravel the minute he was unwrapped from his gift bag.

I love these parts of the learning process. It’s fun to see minor accomplishments. It’s even fun to see the mistakes and quirks of a first try. Maybe one day I will compare these first pieces with some down the road and be really amazed at how much I’ve improved. I look forward to that!

Pattern: Little Cotton Rabbits

More Info: Ravelry

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I found [this bunny pattern](http://www.ravelry.com/projects/...

I found this bunny pattern three days before a baby shower. I already had a gift planned but I was so excited by this bunny that I decided to make it despite having no experience with this type of knitting pattern. I am so glad I did! I completely fell in love with knitting after making this little rabbit.

I have always enjoyed knitting a few things here and there. Mostly around Christmas time. But I just felt like someone who knew how to knit. Now I sort of feel like a knitter. It’s the best.

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