Monday, March 19, 2012
FO: Daphne and Delilah
Late yesterday afternoon I had a bit of time to work on my monster project; that's all the time I needed to complete the little monster and all the finishing. The pattern is Daphne and Delilah from Danger Crafts. It's priced at $6 US - a bit steep considering the simplicity of the pattern - but it's darn cute and I'll get my money's worth if I make a few more. The nice thing is that you can knit whatever size at whatever gauge with whatever yarn you have on hand. That's great for stash-busting! I'm already looking through my remaining stash of acrylic worsted to plan my next monsters.
I'm very happy (relieved?) at how well the finishing went. Three needle bind-offs at the tops of the monster provide a tidy seam. Picking up the stitches for the front pocket proved easier than I had feared. And it looks like I'm actually getting the hang of mattress stitch which I used to close up the crotch areas. Those little monster mouths were the most challenging. Turns out felt is quite difficult to cut. Who knew? I gave up on free-handing them with scissors and instead created illustrator templates on the computer which Gavin cut from felt with an olfa knife on a cutting mat.
We spent most of yesterday at the Home Show and Canada Blooms but overall I was a disappointed. The garden plantings shown mainly featured spring bulbs and some roses - my local garden centres show a better variety of plants. And there was nothing very interesting about garden hardscaping or construction either except one booth showing hugely expensive tiered garden boxes that were quite attractive. Well, at that price they'd have to be! Lesson learned: I'll save my time and money for craft shows.