Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Harold the Snail and other business

Progress is being made, I am glad to say, on all my Christmas preparations. I'm nearly at the end of my list of secret makes - should be done by tomorrow. I still have other things I want to make but I don't have to wait until everyone is out of the house before I can get the needles and hooks out.

As a diversion (do I really need these?) I made a snail for one of Eve's friends. I'm not interested in re-inventing the wheel, so if there's a pattern already out there I'm happy to use it. I found an interesting pattern on Ravelry. Here is the snail, his name is Harold.

The pattern is Snails by Smeddley. It uses short row shaping to get the curves on the shell and body and is not too difficult to make. He's generously sized - approximately 3 inches long. He would probably benefit from a bit more colour - something bright and randomly-dyed would be an improvement.

As far as other projects are concerned, Precious is coming along nicely. It's very quick to knit and the Patons misty is so much better to work with than Rowan's kidsilk haze - and they knit to exactly the same tension.

Chris and I were away for a couple of days last week so I managed to get quite a lot of knitting done in the car. I should have this finished by the weekend.

After that I plan to start work on the snow queen. The Darts World Championship starts on Friday so plenty of evening knitting and watching over the next week.

Eve continues with her daily Advent surprise blog. Today's blog looks very tasty so I might post some pics to show you.

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