On Easter Monday, I finally got to visit Toft Alpaca's which was holding an open day. We had a fantastic time and the alpacas were a big hit with M, who thoroughly enjoyed walking her own alpaca around an obstacle course (with a bit of help from Mummy). M chose her own animal, picking the feistiest alpaca available which meant it was given to sneaking cuddles and sitting down while we were trying to walk it.
|M walking an alpaca (with Daddy's help, while I take a quick piccy)|
The next day, M was inspired and so she made her own alpaca herd. She also decided I needed to knit something.
|An alpaca in progress...|
By picking up and knitting whenever I got a spare moment, within a week I'd amazed myself by producing this collection of bits:-
|Ta da! Miss Sophie Bear.|
M immediately named the bear Miss Sophie Bear and I began to work on phase two - a ballet outfit. In the meantime, Sophie began to explore the world around her and turned out to be quite an adventurous, outdoors loving bear.
|M and Miss Sophie explore a hedgerow at Brandon Marsh.|
I started with the ballet dress from the book, knitting it as per pattern but adding a crocheted tab on one shoulder to hold a press fastening. I had left over tulle from M’s tutu, which was pressed into service for Sophie’s skirt and I raided my ribbon bag for lace trim picked up from Croft Mills a few years back.
|Miss Sophie's tutu - added shoulder tab, ribbon at waist, lace trim at the hem.|
|A close up of the tulle underskirt - I added maybe four times the amount recommended by the pattern.|
|Teeny, tiny ballet slippers.|
|Miss Sophie Bear, complete with tutu and ballet slippers.|
|Back view of Miss Sophie's tutu.|
All pieces were knitted from standard cheap acrylics in DK weight, on 3.25mm needles. I used a 3mm hook for the crocheted extension. Apart from the ribbon, which was bought for this project, all other materials came from my stash of crafting bits. M was delighted and is now designing the rest of Miss Sophie’s wardrobe.
As for me… Gosh, it feels good to have knitted something. Really good.