My New Pets
I was hesitant about publishing anything on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11. But, I've been making these butterflies, and I thought, maybe, it would be nice to have something whimsical that could bring a little cheer to a room.
Needle size on this project isn't crucial. I used #6 needles. They should be either double-points or circular, even though you will be working back and forth, for the finishing steps. The final piece is about 5 inches across. A little big to wear, so I call them my pet butterflies.
I have been thinking about making butterflies every since I made the Anti-Pinch Shamrock Pin for St. Patrick's Day. I felt I had the basic construction down, but there were problems I had to solve, too.
I wasn't sure how to make the body of the butterfly and I wasn't sure how to shape the wing well.
When I saw Laylock's Shawl Knitting Cheat Sheet, it kind of clicked for me. I had used eyelets to shape knitting before, but I hadn't thought of it the way I think of it now. I realized that I could mold the outer shape of the upper wings with just a few yarn overs. I tried it and it worked. I also saw a way to simplify the finishing steps by picking up stitches.
For the body, I realized one day that I could use glass beads both to secure the ends of the loose wires for the wings and create a body structure. A few days later, I came down with an illness and ended up being home sick for almost a week. I didn't have the attention span to tackle anything large or heavy, so I wrote up some notes and made the first of these little guys. I have to say, I was pretty delighted. The beads I used to finish the top of the body actually look a lot like eyes and gave the critters a lot of personality.
Sally Melville is so awesome! I loved talking with her. We had a few moments where the sound quality wasn't perfect, but I hope you'll hang in there.
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You can find out more about the Einstein Coat here.
Threads Magazine ed. note - They used to have knitting patterns, but now the magazine is dedicated to sewing.