Monday, April 7, 2014

Use It Up: A is for Anteater

The very first Use It Up submission we received was submitted the same day as our challenge. Kilani was fast! Here is her Use it Up story:

I don't really use Pinterest (I know I know, blasphemy!), but I follow tons of DIY blogs and go to several annual indie craft fairs. I haven't had many Pinstrosities, but I think that's probably because I never follow tutorials properly anyway and expect the worst!

I am doing a craft challenge this year, Iron Craft ( and I am also about to become unemployed. The Use It Up challenge is perfect since I am suddenly very much on a budget! 

Iron Craft sets a theme every two weeks and this "mission" was something to do with the letter A. I am learning to knit on DPNs so I was super excited to make a pair of armwarmers for this challenge. Then I realized that based on the amount of yarn I had left it would be armwarmer. Singular. Back to the drawing board!

As my husband describes it I stomped around the house angrily going through craft books for A-inspiration. I didn't want to make any of the amigurumi patterns! I didn't want to make armwarmers anymore! What kind of jewelry starts with A?! Then I remembered some critters I loved at a recent craft fair. This little guy isn't on Pinterest, but his friends are. (the photo is small as the item has sold already, but you can get the idea in the thumbnail)

I freehanded a pattern on some drawing paper, and I cut up an old sweater I'd been saving for just such an occasion. I pinned him up and laid out his legs to trace onto some felt for his 3D belly. (I've never made a plushy so I wasn't sure how that was going to work! Beginners luck!) I had a set of plushy eyes in my notions box and plenty of embroidery floss for ants.

Voila! From frustration to inspiration to experimentation. I give you... A for Anteater!

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