Slow yarn totally rocks my world. I’ve posted about it on various occasions, the concept of taking some undyed fluff, (I personally prefer nice, clean, carded wool rather than ‘in the grease’) dyeing it in lovely shades of preferred colour before spinning it and knitting or crocheting it into a beautiful handmade something.
Months ago, September I’m thinking, although September seems sooooooooooo long ago now as so much has happened in my life in five months (!) I spun a braid of Polwarth I dyed into some lovely variegated 8ply yarn.
I knitted a fabulously plain hat with it, which you may have seen on Ravelry but you won’t see on here as that would involve me showing my face… not such a great thing when modelling a hat first thing in the morning…
Then I decided to make a monster. And I have to tell you, I am ridiculously thrilled with my monster. He took me two nights and he is now sitting on my computer at work making me smile throughout the day.
Would you like to meet this monster? Named Alfred by KB….
Alfred is improvised, with inspiration from many different knitters and pattern writers… The teeth of course, inspired by Rebecca Danger’s monsters, the body and ears are from other various patterns all changed around a bit and joined together. Awesome because he is original, not so awesome because I can’t share the pattern without ripping off and taking credit for someone else’s design even though the patterns are altered slightly.
I love him!!!!!
I love him so much, I love his lovely pointy toes (I WILL share the pattern for his feet and hands) which are too adorable…
And I love his curvaceous, generously stuffed bottom… perfect for sitting on…
And I love that he has gotten me right out of my knitterly funk.
As soon as the February socks are off the needles, I’m making another Alfred for the lovely friend of mine who gave me the spinning wheel…. a handspun monster is a suitable gift I think, so I’m off to have a dig through my stash to see whats there.
But speaking of stash, holy heck, a package came for me today and I can’t wait to show you what was in it!
Beautiful, lovely yarn… show you next time!
Lots of love,
Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX