Oh Ewe!

Last I checked unborn children don’t have internet access… and I am fairly certain my sister-in-law living out in the woods (yes literally) doesn’t have regular internet access, so I think I’m in the clear posting this gift for my future nephew.

Ewe won't believe how many sheep & lamb puns I thought up making this...

Ewe won’t believe how many sheep & lamb puns I thought up making this…

The directions are pretty easy, but would benefit greatly by having a picture of the frame assembly.  I read them a couple times and yet I still managed to put him together a wee bit wrong.  Still right enough that it works and he looks good… just wrong enough I needed to make some minor adjustments.

Since I had some left, I used a pair of safety eyes.  I also gave my lil’ lambchop a tail.

Guess what?! .... Sheep butt!

Guess what?!
….
Sheep butt!

My cord is an I-cord which I threaded a couple additional strands of yarn through to make it a bit more like a rope for strength and stretch.

Mary had a Little Lamb She tied it to a heater...

Mary had a Little Lamb She tied it to a heater…

 

And every time it turned around it burned its little seater!

And every time it turned around it burned its little seater!

 

And if you thought that last sheep joke in the captions was baa’d…

Mary had a Little Lamb, Little Lamb, Little Lamb.
Then she passed her plate again, And had a little more!

Counter-pillaring the Days until Christmas

Normally I do not pre-post gifts, but this one was too cute.. and since the giftee is too young to even read so… I’m going to post it anyway!   So without further ado… the Counterpillar!

What walks down stairs....

What walks down stairs….

I found this very adorable pattern of a string along toy, that includes  some colors and numbers and thought that it would be a great gift.  The original includes beads for each of the numbers, some pom-poms and a picture hook to loop the tail. I was making mine for a very young child, so I omitted those elements and added a soft knob tail for the loop instead.

Knobby number 9

Knobby number 9

If you prefer the knob tail,  here’s my instructions

Cast on 5 stitches to DPN

Work 5 rows as an I-Cord.

Increase in every stitch next row (10 stitches)

Knit a round

Increase in Every Stitch (20 stitches)

Knit 3 rounds

Decrease 10 times (10 stitches)

Knit a round

Decrease 5 times (5 stitches)

Stuff the ball end of the tail, and then use your needle to thread through the remaining 5 stitches to close.

Stitch your I-cord end onto the last segment.

You may need to adjust your cord loop length a bit to ensure it fits over the knob tail, but it seems to work alright!

I'm counting on you Mr. Counterpillar!

I’m counting on you Mr. Counterpillar!