Friday, 7 May 2010

FO: Maple the Squirrel

remember how I mentioned that Brooklyn General Store was having a Squirrel Contest? Well, here's my squirrel. Everyone, meet Maple.


Pattern: Squirrel and the cardigan is from clothing bundle 3 .

Yarn: Bernat Solids. I know it's acrylic craft yarn, but it's perfect for machine washable children's toys.

Needles: 4mm / US 6

Mods: I made the ears much smaller, by really just using three stitches (squirrels have really small ears!). I also used the idea of the tail construction from the Brooklyn General Store Squirrel Pattern, but had to sew the seam of the tail (which is constructed like a pom pom) since I didn't quite understand how to crochet a tail seam. For the cardigan, I made a small hole in the back of the cardigan so that Maple's tail could be pulled through for maximum tail glory!

I named her Maple because she's the colour of maple sugar and is, of course, Canadian! Although for those unfamiliar with Canada, please note: we do not have real maple sugar squirrels here.

She's already in transit to New York to begin her squirrely adventures. Brooklyn General, I know you'll take good care of her while she's there!

And hey- if you are wanting to get your squirrels in, the deadline is May 15th- there's still time! Toys knit up so quickly, and there is always express shipping  if you need to get it there overnight.

22 comments:

AndiPants said...

This squirrel is giving me a cute overload. I love the tail and the tiny sweater is so adorable!

Rainy Daisy said...

This is just adorable! The tail cracks me up :)

knittyornice said...

oh my goodness thats beyond adorable. theres way too much cuteness... love it!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous, love its little cardi:)

Knit 1 LA said...

Aww, how could you part with her she's too cute!

SugarMaple said...

So cute! I'm known as Maple in some circles so I feel a special affinity with your squirrel :) Have you ever come across a pattern for a moose? I suppose the squirrel with a different tail and some bucky teeth could almost pass for a beaver too :) Go Canada!

Rebecca said...

so sweet!! your so clever

Siga said...

Cuteness! Well done!

Maryse said...

Maple is the cutest maple squirrel ever! Love the tiny sweater and what a tail ;-) I hope is having a great trip to NYC! Have a great weekend and good luck with the contest!

erica-knits said...

Julie!!!! Maple is gorgeous! You knit her up so fast! Aw, so cute.

Sandy said...

So cute!

Phoe said...

So cute. Also, MAPLE SUGAR?!? Want.

Hilary said...

Ok, that is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. I love that bushy tail! Well done, and good luck on your adventures, Maple!

Jennifer said...

Oh she is just adorable!!! We're ready to welcome her to our tree and introduce her to some new friends. Too bad you are not local--we are having a party this coming Saturday night to announce the winners!

The Sweatshop of Love said...

That is the classiest little squirrel I've ever seen! SUCH a fancy dresser. Great job!

Leah said...

Awwwwwww she is SO CUTE!

Salihan said...

Maple is certainly sweet and adorable! I wonder what she'll get up to in NY!

Sarah said...

Aw I love it! I think you should win.

Michele said...

Very cute! I just love that you gave her a cardigan. And her bushy tail came out great.

Kara said...

Maple's tail is the cutest!

weezalana said...

Very cute! I won't have time to knit one for the contest, so I'll root for you to win!

anna said...

that tail is absolutely amazing. great job and good luck!