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