Well, it was obviously going to happen… one elephant would become two. Nell (on the left) is joined by her new – I guess, technically speaking, Greek sister! We moved to Athens at the beginning of the month, and I couldn’t quite bear to leave Nell behind, so she packed her trunk and came with me. I had some time on my hands last weekend in between going here for a quick run…
and here for a quick look at the view…
So got I out the knitting needles.
I’m just in Greece for work for a few months, but renting an apartment, which makes it feel a little more like home. I thought long and hard about what crafty things to take and settled on some wool for toy making, as I’ve been enjoying it so much. I even managed to squeeze in some toy stuffing! No buttons though…
(I like this photo. The light is terrible but it looks a little like Nell is saying “Wait… I think someone is coming. Pretend you’re just a toy!”)
Actually the wool I bought is good for the bodies but too heavy for the clothes. The pale blue dress is quite thick – it feels like it would make a nice jumper for me, but is a bit too much for a small elephant. I should get some cotton, as the pattern recommends.
I’ve really enjoyed making these though. I must admit, I find stranded colour work a little stressful —so much counting and the threads get all intertwined, which drives me a bit nuts. I love the look of fair isle but how it doesn’t drive people insane I just don’t know.
I’m not sure how much time I’ll have over the coming months to knit some more, but I was wondering if I should make a girl rabbit next? My own wee rabbit is all packed away in England, but maybe he’d like me to bring back a friend? We shall see.
I also got a chance to do a speedy bit of tatting the other day. It feels like it’s been AGES. So long in fact that I’d forgotten the pattern. Once I got going it was fine though:
That said, I completely forgot to string any beads!
8 thoughts on “Travelling elephants”
These are soooo cute!! Great job!
Thank you! Should’ve posted a link to the pattern – it’s great. If you want to make your own: http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/knitting-patterns/2014/04/knitting-pattern-for-a-girl-elephant-in-a-frondy-frock.html
Gorgeous elephants and I love the tatted motif. 😉
Thank you! Really wish I’d remembered to add the beads on the tatting now! Good reason to make another one… 🙂
Greece – that’s awesome! We used to have the opportunity to do short stints at other locations, but none of them were very fun places. The new elephant is adorable. You may have to find some lighter yarn to make them summer outfits. I will probably soon be too hot for a heavy wool dress:)
Thanks! Yeah – Greece is quite exciting! I’ve been backwards and forwards a lot in the last year but it’s really nice to have a chance to stay longer and explore a bit. And eyes, definitely too hot to have elephants in woollen dresses. Poor thing is boiling. I have a quick trip to the UK coming up so will hopefully grab some cotton while I’m there.
They’re so beautiful!!
Thank you! Very kind of you to say so 🙂