Thursday, 19 July 2012

Day 247 - The Art of avoiding the obvious #TheVeryHungryCaterpillar

I've had the time and space to get on top of things this week before we go away on sunday.
So I knitted a butterfly.
Yes, I know. Not that sensible with five weeks worth of packing to sort out, holiday shopping to do and admin to finish up, but definitely a lot more fun. I am seriously good at putting things off.

I think the idea for this random knit started when we joined the Big Butterfly Count - it's not been going that well due to the lack of butterfly weather. Then I read a lovely post on Jennifer's Little World about celebrating Eric Carle's work with lots of creative ideas and stuff to make based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I dug out the book and had a look at his beautiful butterfly.


It really is such a gorgeous butterfly. And that's when I thought I'd have a go at knitting it. Made perfect sense at the time. So the packing went on hold...
I have a rainbow of colours thanks to my wool-buying addiction, so knew I could make the butterfly nice and bright.

 In the picture each wing is made up of four individual strips. I knitted each one so they tapered in the middle....


...and then folded them over and sewed them up. It was more fiddly and time consuming than I thought, but by this stage I was on a mission and curious to see how it would turn out.


I mirrored the four I'd done, roughly based on Eric Carle's butterfly and then sewed each wing together. The body was just a small rectangle, mostly brown with red at the top for the head. I stuffed it with dried lentils, to give it some weight - and added a small bell, from my Lindt bunny bell collection for a bit of interest. Then sewed the sparkly pipe-cleaner antenna into the head and a few crocheted rossettes for the circles on the wings, though it probably would have been just as easy to embroider them on.
I'm sure I'll pay for using up my valuable child-free packing time, but I am very happy with my butterfly!




16 comments:

  1. Wow that's impressive, very creative. I wouldn't know where to start with something like that. I also avoid packing like the plague, I find it really stressful. You going any where nice? x

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    1. Driving to France with the kids, the cat and my mother! Not looking forward to the journey but know it'll be worth it once we get there x

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  2. MUCH more fun than packing! Love your butterfly.

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    1. Thanks R :) I'm definitely maybe packing tomorrow...

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  3. Wow, that is amazing, I love it! I'm so glad that you liked my post, please do come and link up to our Eric Carle linky here http://minibookworms.com/2012/07/06/eric-carle-july-linky/ ! I will also add it to our Pinterest board.

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    1. Oh I'm so pleased you like it! It really was your post that got me thinking. Thank you for adding my butterfly to your Pinterest board and I'll go and link up now.

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  4. Oh he's gorgeous, how clever are you? Now you need to make one sausage, one cupcake, one slice of watermelon etc etc!

    I am also excellent at avoiding what I'm supposed to be doing by starting something else - it's a talent.

    Thanks for linking him up x

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    1. There's something lovely about knitted food, don't think it hasn't crossed my mind.....but I've put the needles away. Honest x

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  5. Wow! is all the words I can muster up...
    Enjoy France x

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    1. Thank you! Hope you have a fab holiday too x

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  6. WOW. This is so beautiful. I wouldn't know how to begin something like this, but it is a great way of using up old bits of yarn stash! This is real inspiration! A proper Ta-Dah! Tuesday. Thank you :)

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    1. That is so lovely of you! Have to say my random knits don't always work... You're right though, it is a good way to use up yarn bits and bobs, and I do have a ridiculous amount of wool :) Look forward to seeing your gorgeous blanket when it's finished x

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  7. That's brilliant, you are very talented Mrs :)

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    1. Aww, thanks so much - you're very kind :)

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  8. That is so gorgeous! Really, really love it - you quite literally have the skillz!

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