I saved the best of the secret knitting, or at least the cutest, for last! In addition to the baby sweater, the gift I gave and the gift I received, there was a group project for our pregnant gal! We debated what to do for a long time. Squares for a blanket seemed easiest except when it came to assembly. No one wanted to volunteer for that! Seaming your own work is chore enough. Seaming someone else’s work takes a special kind of nutty.
We started to run out of time. We couldn’t decided on a type of project, let alone a pattern or yarn. And then a flash of brilliance struck! Someone suggested a mobile…perfect! Picking a theme was easy for our resident biologist/open water swimmer…Under the sea!
We all set out to pick our own patterns, use our own yarn, knit at our own gauge. Exactly the type of accommodations a group project of this nature needed! In the end, the ‘related separates’ idea brought a terrific dynamic to the finished mobile. Every critter has it’s own little personality. If one of us had made all the critters, I think it would have been a bit flat. They’d all be the same style, a bit homogenized. Instead, we’ve got a super little underwater party happening!
As the collection started to grow, we still needed someone to do assembly. Being unemployed, I had the time so I volunteered. I just kinda winged it all, and somehow it all worked out! I started by wrapping the inside hoops of a couple old embroidery in yarn, some random random Noro from the stash. Yay Stashbusting!
Then I hung the critters using an invisible nylon thread. Took a little trial and error to get the best method but in the end, everybody played nice together!
As it came together, it was hard to contain the excitement of how perfect it really was. In the end, everyone loved it and it fit the nursery perfect. It’s hard to think of adjectives other than ‘perfect’ and ‘adorable’. Once again, not having a plan, was a really good plan!
Get a closer look and more details on some of the critters here:
And now, it’s time to get back to current knitting. I’m only halfway through my 576 stitch beaded picot bind off. Progress, thy is Thursday!