Look who just got back from the RNC:
Actually, I happen to be a non-partisan elephant.
Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: RYC Cashsoft 4-ply, 2 balls of Weather, held double
Needles: US 3 dpns
Start to Finish: August 24-28, 2008
Notes: First of all, I don't think I gave an accurate depiction of my thoughts on RYC Cashsoft in my last post (the yarn for Elijah was leftover from my Ravelympics sweater). It is so soft. So amazingly soft. Quite possibly the softest yarn I have ever had against my skin. It is rare that I would purchase an entire sweater's worth of such nice yarn, but The Lady was fortuitously destashing it at the exact moment that I needed it, and she offered it at a great price. Thanks, Lady! Anyway, the softness of this yarn made me want to make a baby knit immediately and, having had my eye on the adorable Elijah for some time, and needing something to do with my hands during a Lord of the Rings marathon a couple weekends ago, I cast on and got most of the little dude done in one sitting.
I have admired Ysolda's toy patterns from afar for awhile and was thrilled to finally try one out. And it certainly did not disappoint. The shaping is so clever! I love how the decreases make for such a sweet little face...
...and how the torso is worked to make a fat little tummy. Because I was holding my yarn double, it was slightly difficult and fiddly to pick up the stitches for Elijah's limbs and ears, but that was a small price to pay for the clean lines it produced (well, cleaner than if I had seamed them).
A number of friends are expecting babies this year and next, so Elijah will go to one of them, but I have to admit that it will be very hard to let him go.