Bring in the animals.

I have several Finished Objects to share with you today.

First up are a couple of washcloths.

The pattern is Grrr available through which I knit out of some Freedom Sincere Cotton DK that I had leftover from a hat I made for my daughter when she was a baby. I had just shy of 2 balls and managed to get just shy of 2 washcloths. I used the recommended needle size of 4.5mm on the first one, and after weighing the finished cloth quickly realised I didn’t have quite enough for a second. Determined, I started a second on 4mm needles, only to have to cast off a couple of rows short. It is still cute. I actually like the fabric of the second cloth better, though with washing the larger one will shrink up a bit.

The Grrr pattern is wonderful. I made several of them whilst I was pregnant with my daughter, and they are still going strong. Both kids have loved them, though I think my husband loves them even more.

These washcloths will be heading off to some parents-to-be.

I also finished an Elephant.

The pattern is called E is for Elephant which is available for purchase through Ravelry. I used some Wildcraft Truro Aran in the Claret colourway. Love this yarn. I made some Stackable Cats out of this yarn last year as a Christmas present for my son and they are holding up fabulously to his constant chewing. (Isn’t that the true test of a toy yarn?)

I didn’t think I’d have it done today, as I only finished the last piece this morning. However, luck struck and both my sick kids decided to take naps at the same time.


I think this elephant is adorable. The pattern gives explicit instructions as to how to place and sculpt the eyes, as well as tips on how to centre the body. The ears are knit in garter using short rows.


The arms and legs feature texture for the toes.

And she has a cute little tail, too.

The pattern gives line by line instructions that are very clear. If you plan to have this as a piece that simply sits on the shelf, I might suggest adding in a bottom weight to the body (a bag of plastic pellets is ideal), and when seaming together, make sure the toes are facing the correct way (not that I had to unpick an arm I sewed on backwards… that was just a rumour someone started). There are also instructions on how to make tusks, if you want a male elephant.

I’m really happy with the final results, and highly recommend the pattern. As a bonus, the designer donates $4 to Wildlife SOS. I hope the new owner likes it as much.