I'd like to introduce you to some new friends I made recently, Emma and Edmund La Fante. They're simply the sweetest friends anyone could have, and they never forget to bring their host a gift! They're the life of the social scene, both sparkling conversationalists. Themed parties are the current trend; although Edmund prefers more low key get-togethers, but always dresses up when his wife asks sweetly! Since it's her husband's favorite, Emma doesn't mind camping (too much!) and she's got quite the sweet tooth for s'mores. They both love taking long walks in the park under a full moon; *they're such a romantic pair!* Edmund loves picking up fresh flowers for Emma, and she adores him for his spontaneity.
I made these for my sister's baby shower, from Susan Anderson's pattern. I used Red Heart's Soft yarn in grey for Edmund and Lion Brand's Cotton Ease in berry for Emma; each was trimmed in contrast with the main color of it's opposite. I really like the pink I chose, it's a nice rosey pink and it goes very nicely with the grey.
This was my first successful DPN project… the legs worked up super fast, but I'll admit the bodies were more challenging. For whatever reason, I found it easier to knit two together than to knit into the front and back; so I ordered some new DPN's from Knit Picks. The new needles helped immensely. I used Eunny Jang's lighter circular beginning*, which worked out great. I didn't have to go back and thread the first bunch of stitches with a tapestry needle to close the bottom up, just give the tail end a good tug! Easy peasy!
I only wish the seaming was as easy, I procrastinated it until the last minute. It's not actually hard, but probably my least favorite part of knitting - so I try and avoid it as much as I can. At least I didn't have to weave in all of the ends, most of them were knotted off and then drawn through the bodies or heads of the elephants.
*It's at the end of the post, just scroll down until you see Lighter Circular Beginning.