Monday, August 2, 2010

My knitting crawls along

I wanted to knit the Garden Snail from Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh. On my first attempt the inside part, called the mantle, was too big for the shell, so it became a banana slug.
The banana slug is the mascot of the University of California at Santa Cruz, so I will send it to a friend who went there. (Fortunately I knit this in yellow, or I don't know what I would have done with it. It would make an extremely odd toy for a child.) On my second attempt, I decreased my knitting needle two sizes and left out a bunch of rows to make the mantle both shorter and smaller around.
As far as crawling along, that's what my knitting is doing right now. It's summer and I have a lot of summer things to enjoy. (Having a big pile of yarn on my lap when it's hot isn't one of them.) But really, the only reason I have knit so many things is because I'm a steady knitter, not a particularly fast one. Perhaps that's why I identify with snails. Sooner or later we get there.


Trudy said...

Love this slug and snail. I listened to your conversation via Math4Knitters and am inspired to try my hand at Fair Isle Knitting...but not until winter with I sit with a book on tape and yarn in my lap.

I wish my mother in law were alive to see the Cirque de Souris!

Virginia said...

I just made this and exactly the same thing happened - the mantle is way too big, so I turned it into a banana slug. I'm going to try reducing the pattern by about a third and see what happens.

Carolina said...

Yes, I found several comments on Ravelry about this sizing problem.