Pick up a penguin {handmade}


It’s past Halloween, the mornings are grey with pre-dawn mist, and I come home by streetlamp, one puddle of light leading to the next, all the way up the hill, as the tip of my nose longs for the warmth of home.  It’s time.

I don’t believe in spoilers for the Christmas knitting, even if John has seen my current project every time he’s gone diving in my handbag for the car keys he’s well versed enough in knitting to know that at this time of year it’s better not to ask.  I have Christmas knitting plans, both the ambitious and the rather more realistic but every little thing that may or may not get finished gets tucked away in one of the many Christmas present hiding places.  And generally it means that as far as blogging goes it suddenly starts to look as though my creativity has fallen off a cliff.

So this week it is my great delight to share a little something that while definitely festive, is also not really a Christmas present.  Plus the intended recipient is a 4 year old boy and while naturally he’s terribly terribly clever because he’s my nephew, he’s not quite up to reading a blog post and finding out that his Auntie Carie has been indulging his love of penguins.

I thought of him the minute I saw the kit on the cover of the magazine; teeny tiny little penguins to stitch up of an evening and turn into tags.

I’ve started with the snuggliest, and with a bit of effort and some careful planning I should be able to squeeze all eight different penguins onto the tags.  In theory anyway, but these little peeps only take a couple of hours to stitch and that makes them a very satisfying break from all of the knitting.  Sometimes you just need to finish something, and these are the perfect something.

The fringe is made simply by pulling a block’s worth of thread away from each edge; I start it with the needle and then just pull with my fingers and it comes away easily enough, and then I used a couple of glue dots to hold penguin to tag.

He’s sitting on my bedside table, slightly glittery, but ready and waiting – just as soon as I work out what the present will be – does anyone have any ideas for a penguin-crazy four year old?

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On

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  • Jen 03/11/2017 at 6:04 pm

    Your penguin is adorable, and the perfect little something to make your gift pop. Love it!

  • Stephanie @ Patch and Dot 03/11/2017 at 6:46 pm

    What an adorable penguin!

  • Lee Cockrum 03/11/2017 at 10:10 pm

    So adorable! Don’t know if there are any penguins in the various animals you can purchase, such as beanie babies. We have a cute penguin game at work, not sure if it available in the UK. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ravensburger-Penguin-Pile-Up-Children-s-Game/20665486?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222228015147483&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=m&wl3=40344540272&wl4=pla-78309637352&wl5=9007905&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla_with_promotion&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=20665486&wl13=&veh=sem

  • Lucy - Charm About You 03/11/2017 at 10:17 pm

    That is so adorable! I love penguins too and it’s such a sweet idea for a gift tag!

  • Leanne Parsons 06/11/2017 at 1:21 am

    What an adorable little penguin! And it would work with any small cross stitch design to make beautiful tags. What a great idea 🙂

  • Jeannie Gray 07/11/2017 at 2:00 pm

    Your penguin is adorable. Have you looked on Ravelry? There are lots of cute penguin projects, many of which look fairly quick & simple.