Monday, January 9, 2017

First FO of 2017: Noraffe

(Love Monkey doesn't count as the first FO, because other than the pompoms, it was finished in December)

I've done it...
It really should have knit up much quicker. It's a simple, easy to follow pattern, with big needles and big yarn. I could blame illness, but really, I just didn't enjoy working on it.
But, I persevered, and wrestled miles of what felt and looked like fuzzy, sticky egg noodles and turned a unicorn into a fairly passable giraffe. It was really just a matter of making two smaller horns instead of one, shortening the fringe, and adding some spots.
I probably should have trimmed the fringe down even more to make it properly giraffe-like, but I kinda like it a little wild and crazy. And it will suit Nora's personality.
As mentioned before, I used Bernat Blanket yarn, and regretted every minute of it. It was a nightmare to knit with, and impossible to get an even tension. The only thing it's got going for it is that it's super soft and squishy (and washable!). Were I to make this again (unicorn, or giraffe) I would stick with the Lion Brand Thick & Quick the pattern calls for.

And I know my model isn't really ideal... but Roxie is the best thing I have at the moment. Nora's daddy has promised me pictures of Nora enjoying it, so I'll share them when they come my way.

6 comments:

Araignee said...

Wow...just wow! It's incredible.

Delighted Hands said...

But you did it!!!!
Very nice execution of a wild idea!

Vera said...

This is amazing and such fun! Congratulations on a super finish!!

Dee said...

Nora will LOVE it!

Cat Lover said...

Oh my gosh, it looks fantastic! I am sure Nora will love it.

kathy b said...

What a fantastic finish. I cannot wait to see Nora wearing it. Im sorry it was such a pain to create. You did a great job. It is darling