All week long I've been updating the progress of my first ever knitted critter, an Owl from the Holiday Knit Simple , pattern by Susan B Anderson. Brother Bear picked out the pattern and has been an adorable task master urging me to finish. How can I resist him? I couldn't, so...here is the finished project in just a couple of days. This may be one of my quickest projects ever. I knitted everything to instruction except for the i-cord on the feet which I winged because I only sort of understand what to do and hey, I did everything else correctly. Anyone who knows my knitting would understand that this "unique take on the pattern" is a form of "rebellion" to pattern which is either mad genius (my words) or pure laziness (other's words) but hey, it turned out perfectly in Brother Bear's eyes and that's all that matters. I'll get some help on what the pattern called for and knit it correctly (?) on the next owl since Sister Bear now wants one...with color work, of course.
I am very happy because I used my handspun for this project. Brother Bear's treasure is part Kaboom, part Pedro, part Taz (all Alpacas on my farm and three of the original herd) plus a wee bit of dyed blend. He named his Owl Harry Potter long before it had eyes or wings. He wants me to knit it a scarf and wand...I think not. I love that little bear and he loves his momma for knitting him an owl.
Now...back to knitting my niece her hat...I can only hope I get the love from her that Brother Bear is hugging to me now as thanks for my handy knitting. If not, I know that every stitch is knitted in love.