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Fluffy… the Alligator?

Sunday night, I finally finished a specially requested knit alligator.  Q wanted "a green alligator with an open mouth and teeth, and green spots."  After much searching, I was finally able to find said alligator, minus the spots, in the book  Knitted Toys by Zoe Mellor.  



This alligator (he’s listed as a Snappy Crocodile in the book, but Q. calls him an alligator…) was fun to make, but he took me way too long.  I wasn’t very focused, I had to rip out the first side because I lost count… BUT, he was easy to make once I focused.  The only thing I wasn’t too incredibly impressed with was the fact that a few important directions were left out in the book when it came to finishing.  I wish I’d known to sew the ridges before I spent an hour trying to figure out how to stuff them.   Really, all it probably required was common sense, and Miss Zoe Mellor probably thought the knitters reading her book would be smart enough to figure it out.  She didn’t realize she’d have goofballs like me, who are relatively good at knitting.  But NOT good at sewing it all together. Can I pay someone to do that for me? 

As promised, here are some pictures of my baby brother and his alligator…. named Fluffy.

     Fluffy’s awesome Jaws like smile.


Laying in his owner’s lap, like all good fluffy alligators should…




Time out for Fluffy.


I’m not sure what I’ll be knitting next.  I’ll have made my decision by next Wednesday… I think. :)

Monkeys in Kansas

Recently, I knit a scarf for my second to youngest little brother, C (7).  He had been asking me to make one for a couple of years, but I never could find quite the right pattern.  On my last trip to Barnes and Noble, I finally found the perfect one in this magazine:

Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009

This edition has several knit animal scarves, a bear, monkey, zebra, and pig.  These are all knit in garter stitch, so it's incredibly quick and easy, and a good project for beginners learning to shape.  (I think the most difficult thing for me was stitching the mouth, and making up… but then again, I hate sewing up the projects!  I wish I could pay someone to do it for me…)

  I chose the monkey scarf for C.. The eBayQueen calls him monkey, and he's always loved them.  I used a very soft dark brown acrylic for the scarf body, and a ball of ecru cotton for the mouth and ears.  The pattern calls for felt eyes, but I decided to use buttons instead… (I had originally wanted to use some vintage buttons, but A, C, and Q all thought the particular buttons I had chosen looked too creepy. )

Here is a close up of his face. :)   He is stitched onto the scarf so that the top is open for pockets!

I hope C. loves his scarf… Right now, I'm making a bunny for A. (pictures later… lots of knitting in the round…)  as for the next project…

The shorter little goofball (Baby Q.) has requested an alligator… and it needs to be bright green… and it needs to have spots… and it needs to have an open mouth… and….