Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Knitted Meerkats: Simples!

Now I’m back from my Scottish holiday I can finally share with you some finished projects I have been quietly working on for a while now. One of my favourite crafty birthday presents this year was this book, which is full of adorable knitted meerkats.



As soon as I saw this book, I just knew that I had to knit a little something for my crafty friend who got married last week in Scotland (the reason for our holiday). So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the happy couple!
 
 
These little things kept me busy on my daily commute for a good month or two. They are a great project for knitting on the go, as there are many constituent parts so you can carry around a small ball of wool and knit bits up as and when. For example, I could easily knit up two meerkat arms on a 40 minute train journey. Simples!

The book suggests using a lightweight lace yarn doubled up to knit the body of the meerkats, but I used double knit with no problems. I also omitted a few of the accessories, such as the top hat for the groom (as I knew the real life groom would not be wearing one) and the veil for the bride, which I tried but ultimately did not like the look of. This is one of the great things about this book though, you can mix and math the clothing and accessories to make the finished articles exactly how you want them. I really like the construction of the animals – the author has obviously applied a logical approach to making the shapes, which I love, and you can really see what each bit is going to be as your meerkat comes to life. The trickiest part was sewing everything together, but even this was relatively painless. Although being the perfectionist that I am, I may have been making the final touches the morning of the wedding……!!


 
The human bride and groom were really pleased with their knitted characters, so much so that they are taking their meer-selves with them on their honeymoon to Cuba – I am looking forward to seeing lots of pictures of Mr & Mrs Meerkat lounging by the pool (although I really hope they stay away from the water!).
 
 

I have a feeling that there will be more meerkats to come….I have already had a request for a meer-scientist!

K xx

4 comments:

  1. They came out adorable! I bet the bride and groom loved them so!

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  2. Too frigging cute Kat!!! Where's the truffle though please!?! ;o)

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  3. Lol!!! They're brilliant! :)

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