I thought I might have a bit of a knit and natter this week, a little normality now the unpacking is done. I was somewhat surprised as the boxes emptied by just how much yarn there was- I’d used it to fill up boxes of other things as I’d done the packing and it was really only as I unpacked and placed this yarn on the guest bed that the extent of the stash became apparent. The time had come to fulfill a long held ambition to knit the Scarecrow.
I encountered the knitted scarecrow some 30 odd years ago, as a young Mum, in a friends house. One of her neighbours knitted these toys and for the sum of £4 one could be mine. I was smitten, and in due course one came home with me. He was and is still much loved and when one of the boys became unwell he would be theirs for as long as needed, as I had filled him up with hugs. When better he would come back to me to be re-filled with hugs ready for the next person who needed him. My way of explaining that he was and still is mine….
I thought it would be rather good if I could knit one myself, and so in 1994 I was thrilled to find the pattern in a book I bought by Jean Greenhowe.
And so the ambition lingered, other things were knitted from the book, but never the scarecrow. Until now.
Lots of yarn is needed as you can see but when you have a big stash of leftover yarn there is no problem. Last night I worked jolly hard and stitched up these bits and bobs and now he currently looks like this.
Pretty ‘armless hey. Next job is his arms and jacket and then time for some real fun.
I wonder does anyone else have something they always meant to knit/make that somehow always got pushed to the bottom of the list? If so what and why has it never made it to the top of the to be done?
So that’s my weekend taken care of- what are you making now?