New month new theme! In march I will focus on farm animals. Since pets are not the only ones on farm, my first puppet is the snail. As a kid I loved snails (of course only those with house, I didn't like slugs). I looked everywhere for the big ones and collected abandonned houses. I also did snail crawling contests. I put 2 or 3 in a row and watched which one goes faster. They did not care as much as I did, they often crawled in other directions each :D When my little daughter found her first snail, she showed the same enthusiasm about them like I did. She ran around in the garden calling (very loudly): "Schnecke! Schnecke!" (german word for snail). She got the nickname "Schnecke" then. Et voila the snail puppet:   Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets......

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Last handpuppet for the prairie/safari theme - the rhino! I like knitting animals with large attachments, I must admit. Horns, huge ears, beaks, combs and whatever nature is creating. So doning the rhino was quite a must do for this project :D The kids tried it out already and played chasing each other with the rhino. The rhino is available as a pattern already.

Next month I will go back from the prairie to the farm animals. I'm not sure which ones I will pick exactly, but there will be a sheep in different versions of course. Have you ever wondered how many different looking sheep breeds there are? I will tackle some visually outstanding breeds (with horns, who would have guessed it). Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets and techniques....

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This weeks puppet is the flamingo. On the photo it looks like a grandpa flamingo somehow :D I did some research on flamingos (after I knitted it) and found out, flamingos actually don't live in the savanna. Mega Fail I would say... But I found some interesting things about flamingos, too! Since they almost always live nearby water, one would think they eat fish. But they don't! Actually fish eats they food, so they are kind of a food enemy. Flamingos eat shrimps (which eat algae) and algae. That's why their beak is curved - to seperate mud and food. If a flamingo eats mainly algae it's feathers are more pink, than eating more shrimps. According to that, my grandpa flamingo ate only algae I would say ;)   Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets and techniques....

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This is an easy mode eyelet pattern perfect for a last minute gift. Knitted in the round and super stretchy. My little girl loves it and wears it 2 years now.

Pattern

Purple toddler hat

Finished measurements (for toddlers 2-3 years) 40x18cm/ 15.7x7inch stretches up to 18inch (46cm) Gauge (eyelet pattern): 10x10cm/ 4x4inch=26rowsx20sts needle size: 4.5mm/US7 Material Maincolour (MC): 50g worsted weight yarn in purple; e.g. Malabrigo worsted (Malabrigo Yarns), Wool of the andes (knitpicks) or Superlana (Lana Grossa). The wool used in the pictures is Superlana in purple (27) If you want a two-coloured rib: Contrasting colour (CC): 5g worsted weight yarn with colour course 4 DPNs size 4.5mm US7 Abbreviations CO cast on ** repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed st(s) stitch(es) k1 knit one stitch p1 purl one stitch ssk  Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together k2tog  Knit 2 stitches together yo  yarn over rnd(s) round(s)

Instructions

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Voila puppet #6, the croco! I used a new to me technique: the tuck stitch. With this marvellous stitch you can create fancy wobbles and welts and when knitted in a particular way, something that looks like scales. The fabric of the croco feels a little bit tougher than usual knitting which could probably be avoided by using thicker needles (for handpuppets  I always use smaller needles than recommended by the yarn company, because the fabric has to be a little bit denser than usual). It does also reduce the stretching widthwise. Next puppet will bring colour into my puppet list, but I will not tell until next week :) Since the tuck stitch is easier explained via video, here is a nice one: Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets and......

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This week marks the first week of february, so I choose a new theme for my puppets. The first puppet in the prairie-theme is the buffalo which I wanted to knit a long time now. Sadly (again) it's no weather for taking photos so it's a little bit blurry. No new knitting technique this time, but I found a german bookin my local library (in the kid's section although this book is rather for advanced knitters than a beginner's book) which turned out to be a real treasury. Included are some new to me techniques I will try out when the right puppet comes in to my mind for it. I have not decided yet on the next puppet, but I think my yellow wool wants to be knitted soon ;) Check out......

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Just in time for Sunday! The Orca puppet was finished 2 days ago, but I did not find the time to post it until now. My dear husky grew so ugly I had to take a break (again!) in order not to go nuts. So maybe it's the one animal that simply does not want to be a puppet and I have to accept it the way it is. For the Orca I changed the size of the mouth (larger as usual) and used bullion knot to make the teeth. The white spots above are knitted seperately although I think in the pattern version I would rather knit it as stranded colourwork together with the body. Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets and techniques....

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Puppet #3 is finished. I admit the ice bear is an easy one, but after penguin and walrus I needed a no-brainer. Nevertheless he has a cute smile, hasn't he? Currently I'm doing the planning for puppet #4. Actually I wanted a husky and it was supposed to be puppet #1, buuuuuuut sometimes things are more complicated as they seem at first thought. I made charts and so on, but it always looked a little bit odd and not that much like a husky. My head is full of huskys and they urge me not to abandon them and replace themwith a huge salmon puppet (although I think penguin, walrus and ice bear puppet want me to make one, they look hungry sometimes...) or even an orca whale (walrus puppet is AGAINST that). We'll see, there is still one week to go. Check out the
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