Who – de-hoo!

A package arrived in the post this week from my Mum, containing the errant new Made By Ewe creation, which I left at her house by mistake.

Say hello to Owl!

I’m designing a new knitting kit and this is the prototype.  Actually this is about the 4th prototype, and she has been unpicked and reknitted several times, but I think this is the final version.

I had several different attempts at making nice owl eyes, that didn’t make her look like a zombie, all staring and scary. I tried buttons, different knitting ideas and considered felt eyes, but  I like these ones the best.

And the wings fold round her body just right to cuddle a little baby owl. 

Cheep Cheep!

I’m now knitting up a final version and checking the pattern  – it’s driving me mad as usual, especially as I am in the middle of moving office in the house.  We spent the weekend carrying boxes, sofas, boxes, books, boxes, cupboards and oh – did I mention the boxes? – up and down and up and down stairs.  Also had the joy of rewiring the phone system: Husband ( crammed into roof space) “How does it sound now?” Me: (yelling up the stairs) “Crackly…….fine…….bit crackly………crackly (repeat for 45 minutes)

Needless to say, various little knitted wings, beaks and eyes have disappeared amongst the – yes, you’ve guessed it – BOXES – so will have to be reknitted.  That is, when I can find the yarn!

Hopefully other crafty people have been having a more relaxing time over on Handmade Monday

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About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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20 Responses to Who – de-hoo!

  1. RosMadeMe says:

    Loving the owl… the pink and grey mix on the chest is superb and adds an extra dimension to the texture.

  2. redneedle says:

    A mummy and a baby owl how cute – they’re lovely. I’m glad you went for the knitted eyes I think they have a softer effect than perhaps the felt or the buttons. I’m in awe of you being able to write a pattern for this.

  3. Caroline says:

    Owls are so in atm, love your little creation

  4. I love them – love anything Owl related – they’re beautiful!

  5. Claire Hoey says:

    I love the owl and the little baby being hugged is just the sweetest idea. I love the texture of the owls tummy you always come up with such interesting stitches in your patterns I have learnt so much since I started buying your kits. I cannot wait for this one to be in the shop.
    Claire x

  6. Jam Dalory says:

    That is really cute, I love the colours, pink goes so well with grey (i also love pink and brown together). That’s going to be very popular i’m sure. x

  7. adaliza says:

    Cutie Pie owls – Soooooo pretty!

  8. Jill says:

    Aaah, definitely well worth the wait – he (she?) is lovely.

  9. Aaawwww really cute, I love the huggableness (ok, it’s not a real word but I like it anyway) of the owl and baby picture.

    Jan x

  10. Secret Sheep says:

    Bonus! A baby owl. Love them both.

  11. Planet Penny says:

    These are so delightful! Having tried to devise and write patterns I know how immensely time consuming it is so I’m in awe of your tenacity in the face of all the other stuff going on!

  12. Charters says:

    Well, its been worth all the ‘reworking’ the final prototype is perfect. The eyes just right … very two-wit-two-wooey.

  13. Anita Mistry says:

    That is the cutest owl I have seen and an added bonus of the little baby owl – gorgeous.

  14. Kat says:

    OMG… how cute. So super super cute. This guy is going to be a hit!

  15. Susie says:

    Lol I have to tell you, it sounds like you’re house has been like my house as I’m also rearranging (because of the roof leak). Mine is still in disarray because I don’t seem to be able to get it done. Seems to be never ending, altho I’m sure there IS an end to it. *sigh*
    I love your little owl tho. Ver adorable.

  16. Susie says:

    Oh gee, I can’t believe I spelled your as you’re. I’m going to blame the house disarray for it. 🙂

  17. Wendy says:

    Oh how absolutely gorgeous! I just loved her and then you introduced her baby too! Adorable!

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