My impatience waiting for this pesky elephant to be finished reminded me somewhat of my own childish whinging whilst I waiting for my human offspring to be birthed. Why is this taking so long? Why, why, why??!
But now he is complete and I have (almost) forgotten the months and months of knitting little grey body parts.
Unlike my own lovely babies, this elephant hasn’t quite come out as I’d hoped. I haven’t gone as far as to reject it, leaving it alone in a desert somewhere. In fact, he’s so funny looking he has to be kept safely indoors just so passers-by don’t throw stones at it.
The seams are a bit wonky, head at a funny angle – he also looks a little bit, well, startled! Luckily for my children, I wasn’t tempted to knit them a super-chunky scarf to prop their floppy heads up…my elephant hasn’t been so lucky. He now sports a jaunty blue scarf as a lovely accessory
and to hide my bad stitches and its scrawny neck.
Despite my every effort, I didn’t manage to master the mattress stitch that I hoped would give my elephant a less botched edge.
The pattern was from a book by Sarah Keen Knitted Wild Animals
I am tempted to do another animal from this book, if only to keep my sad-looking ele-friend company. Each pattern contains similar elements, so should be more straight forward next time. I think I would approach it in a different way though. I have to embrace the slow progress, and break the pattern down into manageable and realistic goals. I don’t think I appreciated how long this project was going to take me and got frustrated at its slow pace. I’d plan one or two parts a week to get a realistic finish date and then voila! as if by magic I will have created another knitted delight!