This is Hootie the Owl and he's hand knit and machine felted. I'm very pleased with how he came out and might just make him a friend. I've always been fascinated by owls and when we lived in the Midwest many years ago one year for my birthday Steve bought me a owl house. It was a large wooden box that had to be placed high up on a tree and it took ladders and a great deal of effort to hang. Since we lived on the banks of the St. Joseph river surrounded by tall trees I was sure an owl would come and stay in my beautiful owl house in the woods.
But one never did. I was slightly mollified when Steve pointed out that they must be very fussy birds if they passed up that birdhouse. Nonetheless the appeal and mystery of owls has never diminished for me. And I just hope this little guy likes his home and doesn't decide to fly away.
Particulars: Woolly Owls by Marie Mayhew Designs; US 10 1/2 needles; Nature Spun worsted yarn and Frog Tree Brushed Suri yarn (the yarns recommended in the pattern). This is a great pattern and a fun knit and I made no modifications whatsoever. He is knit and then felted in the washing machine. I used handmade glass eyes (16 mm) by Artist JP that I glued on using clear silicone glue (at the artist's recommendation) and the glue seems to be holding well, but this is not a toy. If it were going to be a toy I would not choose eyes requiring glue.
The MisAdventures of Simcha
As much as I kid (sorta) about Simcha being a difficult dog, he is without question at least well socialized. Steve and I have both made a huge effort to take him out and about around Topanga so he can meet and greet other dogs and people. He not only goes on daily hikes but is also out and about around town. So I was very amused the other day when Steve took Simcha into a local gift shop where the clerk exclaimed "I know that dog"! He's becoming so well known around town we might just have to nickname him Mr. Topanga!
Until next time, be well and love well and may you have a wonderful Spring filled with bird watching and time spent enjoying nature.