Well, it's a Friday and I actually have a finished object I can show you! It's a small miracle, folks. The last few weeks have found me in a peculiar situation - I finish a gift item, I know I have others I need to finish, but I just want a break to make something frivolous for myself. It's childish, sure, but sometimes you just need your hobby to be a stress reliever, amiright? This little guy ended up being just what I needed :)Deck the Walruses by Anna Hrachovec, which you get free right now with any $5 purchase on Mochimochiland.com until January 1st. I never have a problem finding one of her patterns to love during this yearly freebie-type-sale (last year I got the Teeter Totter Reindeer pattern for free with the same deal), so I grabbed the Pile-Up Pups pattern and got this one for free :) Yay for half price on two designs I wanted anyway! Anyway, the pattern includes the walrus and 3 hat options to "deck" him out in. My favorite was easily the ear flap hat.
The only other change I made was to use size 6 dpns instead of the called for size 5s - I knit tightly, so I figured it would help. The only spot this made a difference is at the increasing on the head - the holes are a smidge bigger than I'd like. Oh well, that's what cute hats are for :) His stuffing still all stays in just fine - it's really a nit picky thing on my part, not that big a deal. Also I had to look up how to do a 3 needle bind off to make the separation in the tail - again, not a big deal, but I had never needed to do that before. You Tube came to the rescue, as ever.
So, there you have it :) I'm really happy with this cute little guy. He makes for a nice holiday decoration, but I will certainly keep him out year round. Vernon turned out to be just the break I needed to get my head back in the gift knitting game. Huzzah!
*I am not being compensated for mentioning the Mochimochi Land sale at all - I just thought you might like to know about it too :)