Knitting Experiment: Cow PJs are Finished

My cow creamer (OK, bull creamer) pajama project is done. While this project was more like the pony PJs than the pig PJs, it combined the challenges of my previous two knitting experiments. I had to make small oddly shaped pieces to cover the cow, just like I did for the pony, with the added difficulty that the cow was slippery like the pig. My knitting would stick to the flocking on the pony, making it much easier to see if the pieces were the right size and shape. I couldn’t really tell with the cow if the pieces were fitting or not until I stitched them together, so I wound up knitting a lot of little patches to fill the gaps.

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I used two different colorways of leftover sock yarn that makes patterns by itself and I am particularly pleased with how the lighter yarn blends with itself. It makes it harder to see just how many odd-shaped little patches I had to knit to plug up the holes. I could have kept unraveling and re-knitting until my pieces fit perfectly, but I wasn’t feeling that patient.

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The only thing I don’t like about the piece is the back: the lumpy seam and the way the PJs sag into the hole in the creamer. I need to play with seam-making more to figure out how to get a smooth join. And I could have stuffed it with fiber fill so that the PJs didn’t sag, but I’m not going to mess with that now. The other thing I’d like to change is the hole in the cow’s mouth, but I haven’t come up with any solutions for that. Spackle, maybe?

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I really enjoy knitting PJs for critters, but I’m out of animals to dress. Time to head back to the thrift store…

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

6 thoughts on “Knitting Experiment: Cow PJs are Finished”

    1. I am glad you like it! I don’t know how long the knitting took for this. I don’t keep track because I would have to figure out how much time was spent re-making the pieces that didn’t work. But if I had to guess? Ten hours or so.

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