Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Getting Happy

This is always a very tough time of year for me. It's cold and gray out. Summer vacations are so far away, and there doesn't seem to be much to look forward to in the coming weeks. The doldrums launch a big attack. Luckily, Jessica came up with a great Knit Along to help us all combat these dark, wintry moods.


The rules are pretty easy, which is perfect when you're feeling down. First, simply work on a craft project that makes you happy. You don't have to finish by a certain time, and you don't have to feel guilty if you start yet another project - as long as it makes you happy. Second, and probably most important, do something to make someone else happy. It can be as simple as you choose, but I find doing something that will bring happiness to someone I love makes me really happy too!!

My first Happy Project also counts toward my Holiday Headstart. Recent posts by Minty reminded me that I had been wanting to try knitting one of these little dinosaurs for my godson. I perused my stash and decided that the skein of Wool of the Andes that ended up much brighter than I anticipated would actually work perfectly, since Zack's favorite color is blue.

Trice from Xtreme-Knitting
Cast On: 14 February 2007
Completed: 20 February 2007
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes - Blue Bonnet
Needles: Brittany US7 (4.5 mm) Straight


I always have a lot of fun knitting toys, but they always end up looking a little bit off - like they came straight out of the Rudolph movie. This guy has a funny looking "frill", a center horn that skews a bit to one side, and a tail with a weird curl at the bottom. Maybe a spritz with some water and a good shaping will help to straighten him out a little? At least he's blue, and he's a dinosaur, and hopefully that's what makes a 7-year old happy at Christmas time!!

20 comments:

MissyJoon said...

So cute! I tried to knit bunnies for Easter last year, and even joined the Bunny Along, where it seemed that everone else's bunnies looked way bettern than my lopsided one! I think your Trice is so nice!

Sonya said...

That is adorable! Who knew knitting could produce such cute creatures?

keohinani said...

awww...what a cute dino!
sorry about the colds and grays... i'd willingly trade you some sunshine if i could :)
happy along. hehe. cute. :)

Ragan said...

Too cute! He looks great in blue! Thank you for passing along the "happy" knitalong!

christine said...

Oh dear twin - that is the most wonky dino I have ever seen! Perfection!!!

Elizabeth said...

So cute! Aren't the dinos fun? I need to make the rest of my stegosaurus family - Christmas next winter is a doable goal.

Dave said...

Trice is too cute .. that blue is the perfect colour! I'm gonna hafta make one of those ... some day.

Mintyfresh said...

those little quirks are what gives him personality! adorable. happy that my dinos could inspire such cuteness.

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Neat idea I will be checking it out!
=:8

Nathalie said...

oh, I promise, My son would love it! I know he's not 7, but honestly, kids dont see if thetail points a bit one way or the other. they jsut love that stuff to bits and pieces~ there are lots of "o"'s and "x"'s in my word verification. consider those from me to you!

Jenn said...

There's nothing wrong with being a misfit! :) He's adorable!

Anonymous said...

Too freekin' cute! And in my favorite color? Are you *sure* he isn't for me? *batting eyelashes* ;)

Jessica
http://zarzuelaknitsandcrochets.com/blog

Jennifer said...

I love it! Very cute.

Katt said...

That is so cute! I might have to knit some toys for Chrissie pressie just to get even STARTED on my Holiday Headstart thing! I have done nothing for it still!

Katt

Acornbud said...

What a happy little critter and blue, too, so I think it counts for Project Spectrum, too Very cute:)

Dipsy said...

Now, what a great idea this is - and your first Happy Project indeed made me totally happy when I looked at the pics - how very, very cute and adorable!

~Kristie said...

Oh how cute! I've never tried knitted toys, but will be trying my hand at a teddy bear for Project Snuggle.

Alisha said...

He's cute!!! Love the color.

This time of year certainly does give way to the blahs. Neat knit along to help left ones spirts!!

Heide said...

He is absolutely adorable. I've only knitted one toy and it was one of the most enjoyable projects done to date. I love the Happy Along and I'm so there. I can't figure out how to add buttons to my sidebar in wordpress though so that may not appear anyplace there. Your Godson will love his new friend.

carrie said...

trice is so great!!! i want one!

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