They give me a jump to posting again. The yarn in the elephant's body came from Foster Sheep Farm in upstate New York--Schuylerville. The sheep pictured here too.
Its maker, Carole Foster, brought it to the Columbia Greenmarket near where we lived on the upper west side of Manhattan. She had a unique way of demonstrating how to spin which is captured on the link back in wintry 2009 in the City. I'd admired a hat she'd knit from worsted Greenspun from her own natural colored flock. Purchase the purple/gray yarn and she gave me her hand written recipe. Something in it proved elusive, so....
This Danger Crafts pattern for an elephant seemed a good way to use it otherwise. Easy to follow the thoroughly color-illustrated instructions. Except for the end: putting pieces together always a major challenge.
I'm trying to use yarn in my stash, of which there is far too much. With vintage black buttons for eyes, it's ready to mail for Roxie's fifth birthday next week. Today Carole's newsletter arrived and the odd sheep view came from I know not where--in today's email. That's my story and here is unnamed as yet doll from the rear also.
I hope the knit doll makes as big a hit as the chocolate-covered strawberries sent for our son's birthday earlier in the month. Now those were a big hit, it's reported. Everyone else seems to be about Edible Arrangements except me! And I only found them by chance; was about to do something ordinary like flowers. Great gift for the difficult-to-gift--like my over thirty son who loves fruit as well as chocolate. Do you agree the baskets are kind of funky, like cartoons of the actual thing--fruit as interpreted by Disney?
Foster Sheep Farm is part of the 3 Bags Full Campaign in Saratoga County, New York. It is a land trust and advocate for smart growth, working to preserve a range of things important to hold dear--trails, small woodland parks. Knitters and fiber artists are working to raise $15,00 to conserve the farm for future generations. Great idea, makes me wonder if there are similar projects in other states.
INFORMATIONAL UPDATE FROM NYC..............
January 5 (the brithday approaches) and Roxie has named elephant: Snorty.