Mad as a March…otter?

March 21st, 2014 § 0 comments

For any of you lovely readers who have been following along with my Instagram otter post updates, or this blog, you’ll know that I have finished the super cute sea otter project I’ve been working on this past month.  March is always an insane month – heavy workoad at the day-job, the weather (in like a lion, out like a lamb), crazy social obligations, and so many birthdays.  Its enough to make anyone a little “mad.”

But this knitter is not the March Hare.  No, while my sanity has gone a bit by the wayside with all this “madness,” I consider myself to be Otterly Insane.  But of course, not literally.  Nope, I fell for this oh so cute (but kind of sewing nightmare) project for my coworker’s first child being born (another birthday!)  Its otterly cute, and I think you will agree:

Otterly complete

This project took me 37 days to knit.  Honestly though, a large part of that time was not spent knitting because I have been dealing with chronic pain and other “madness” this past month.  Also, I needed to wrap my head around 3D knitting because this is the first toy I’ve ever knitted.  It takes a different kind of mental gymnastics to understand how limbs are formed in knitting etc.  I’m so used to 2D knitting (sweaters in the round excluded).

I nicknamed this fellow “Gus” because that’s what he looked like to me.  I told my coworker that he could change it to whatever name he wanted to, but he liked Gus, so Gus he shall be!

Here’s Gus otterly in pieces before I sewed his appendages to his body:

And here he is with his appendages attached. 

As you can see, his legs looked a bit wonky.  The pattern directions were unclear about the leg placement – all it said was “attach the legs in the way that looks most cute to you.”  Hmmm, open to interpretation for sure.  I asked for some input from other knitterly folks, and more or less rotated the legs 90 degrees so that they sit properly now.
gus side-angle

Project Notes:
Project Pattern: Monterey Sea Otter (Ravelry link only)
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool in brown, tan, and black; and GarnStudios DROPS Muskat cotton in silver.
Stashdown total: 196 yards out
Needles: 4mm and 3.5mm dpns
New skills employed: shadow wraps, embroidery, stuffing (without over stuffing), Turkish cast-on.

I’m happy to say that my coworker loved this gift and has promised to send me adorable photos of Gus + baby.  I look forward to receiving these pics and going “Awwwwww!” at my desk at work.

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