Gotta love doilies for portable knitting! The Peacock’s Tail doily, started last spring, is coming along nicely. The expanding feather-and-fan pattern took a while to catch on to – it can be quite counter-intuitive to me. I’m at row 80 of 126, which in the circular knitting world translates into only about 40%.
Whenever I knit on such tiny needles (1.5mm), my hands get used to it – and I can’t pick up any other knitting without feeling like I’m using baseball bats. So it seems that, unless I start socks or something, I won’t be able to do any other knitting until it’s done! Do any of you have the same issue?
Do y’all recall knitting graffiti, or yarnbombing? Proud to say that the first well-known knitting graffiti movement originated in Houston – because really, when you’re a knitter in southeast Texas, what else are you going to do?
This is my small-scale take on yarnbombing. Very small scale. It’s car antenna-sized.
Meet Mr. Cactaur. He’s an acrylic i-cord cactus and loves to hang around on the antennas of vehicles. The guy on the right has been around for about four years – one of the finest tests of the durability of Hobby Lobby’s cheapest acrylic yarn! And today is your lucky day – I’ll walk you through how to make one. The first thing to do is to assemble the supplies.
We’ve got an appropriately saguaro-shaded yarn – again, the most durable acrylic you can find. Red Heart was meant for this! Double-pointed needles – anywhere between a US 4 and a US 8 should be good, it’s not like gauge matters here. Chenille stems if you’re hoity-toity or pipe cleaners if you’re old-school, googly eyes, and pom-poms… and, of course, the hot glue gun, scissors, and a tapestry needle to weave in your tails.
Now that you’ve amassed your craft supplies, time to get knitting! Cactaur is a simple man. Knit a 5-stitch i-cord about the length of your hand.
Here’s where you build his arms. If you’re a saguaro purist, you may want to give him more arms, but I am more amused by an anthropomorphic cactus screaming his face off on a car. First thing, slide a chenille stem through a single stitch.
Then you twist each half into a tight arm and point it up. Imagine little Cactaur flexing his muscles!
Last thing you do – grab your hot glue gun and fix up his face!
That’s the Cactaur in a nutshell. Next time I finish a batch and yarnbomb a parking lot, I’ll add some fresh pictures of the cactaur in the wild!
What I love about knitting doilies is how portable they are – they’re never too large for my purse or bookbag – and most patterns are fairly repetitive, making them easy to pick up at any time.
So here’s the start of Pafuglehale, or the Peacock’s Tail doily. Pattern is from Kunststrik and translations by Yarnover. Long-time readers, or short-time readers who poke around on my sidebar, should recognize many of their patterns – these are beautiful designs and easy to follow. 22 rows in, the baby doily appears! 1.5mm needles (US #000), thread is 44/2 wetspin Irish linen from WEBS that I also used for Alita, Mommes Lysedug, and another little doily.