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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Honey Badger

I don't knit many toys.  As soon as I get started I remember many little bits and so much seaming.  Well, my friends, I think I have found the first knitted toy that I might actually make again.  Meet the Honey Badger.
Yup, it's a honey badger.  I love him.  I sent him off to live with a friend last week, and I had a difficult time parting with him.  Look at his stumpy little legs.
And his sweet little badgery face.  Oh man, I love him.
The clever pattern was designed by Miriam Felton, who generally designs very classy and respectable scarves, wraps, socks, and sweaters.  I'm not sure how the badger got into the mix, but she did not skimp on the thoughtful design with him.  The grey upper body is knit first and the lower body is knitted on, so the whole thing sort of comes together on your needles.  You even get to stuff as you go.

The only place I stalled out was with the legs.  I picked up and knit one, and then I had a little trouble convincing myself that he needed three more.  I persevered, though, and I'm glad I did.  Each leg only took me about 15 minutes, so I'm not sure why I put it off so long.

I used Cascade 220 Sport, which I highly recommend for badgers and other projects.  I think I have enough left over to make another one.

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