It’s been a good long while since I’ve knit a toy. I’m enjoying many things about Alex the Mouse. I love the yarn: Socks Yeah! I enjoy knitting to the tidy gauge I’m getting on US 1 double-point needles. I like the way the needles have bent gently to fit my hands. And I absolutely love the neatness of the pinhole cast-on, this month’s special feature for A Year of Techniques. It worked perfectly from the first try. I learned it from watching the video, barely glanced at the photo tutorial included with the pattern, and now I’ve done it three times—to cast on the head and the two feet. It’s so satisfying to pull on the tail of the yarn and see the hole draw closed, like magic.
Here’s the thing about knitting toys: you have to be strong for the number of parts involved, the curl of the pieces, the overall dangliness. It’s a mess. In the case of Alex, not only do we have two ears, but each ear has two parts, a front (fancy) and a back (plain). They are not knit as one double-faced piece. But here’s the good part: they are to be joined with an i-cord edging. I’m looking forward to that.
(There’s nothing here that a little steaming and stuffing won’t fix.)
Right now, I’m on Leg Number Two. Part 6 of 10. (Eleven if you count the tail. I’m not counting the tail.) I’m in the home stretch. The legs are longer than the arms, and the shaping is more involved (kind of a candy cane, or ladle). There will be Kitchener to graft the tops of the feet of our Alex. I may need you to hold my hand for that part.
We are entering the second half of May. Time to finish up Alex and clear the way for June’s project. How’s everyone else doing? Is your Alex starting to look mouse-like?
Fight Toy Fatigue! We’re almost there!