Presenting Percival

I think it must be some chronic adrenaline-junkie habit of people in my business. We crave that last-minute mad dash to the finish line, the last fiddle, adjustment, addition while running, sweating after someone just as they're about to get the shot, or get pushed on stage.
Then as soon as it's all over, it can fall to bits.

Ephemerality junkies perhaps.

And so it was with less than 15 minutes to go before we had to wrap biscuits and pile in the car to Percival's recipient's house on Christmas Eve, that I finally secured the last button shank eye and said:

"I think I'll just make him a little garter stitch scarf"!

Anyway, we got there.
And Percival now has a very loving home, resplendent in a generously-proportioned tweed scarf.

Pattern: Fairy Penguin by Barbara Lennon. From Cleckheaton Wildlife in 8 ply. (no link, sorry)

Materials: Jo Sharp Classic DK wool, in Nasturtium and Lichen -I used just under one ball of each- on 3.25 knitpicks circs. Tight, but it needs to be a dense fabric especially when you're as keen on stuffing as I am. Hence Percy looks a tad more like a heavily pregnant Emperor Penguin after a
second helping of Christmas Pud rather than the actual Fairy Penguin model.

The fact that he turned out rather asymmetrical I think adds to his character and rakish charm, rather than alluding to the fact that I somehow managed to stitch his front panel on wonkily.

Seeing as this will probably be the last Needle's Edge for 2007, I want to thank all you lovely readers for taking the time to visit, read, think, make useful suggestions, comment wittily and generally be full of support and encouragement. Hope you all manage to get some replenishm
ent in and see you in 2008!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

percival is perfectly adorable! (who wants a handmade toy without charm and wonky bits?? not this little black ... ah, penguin.)

27 December 2007 at 2:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy hols to you too!

27 December 2007 at 3:07 pm  
Blogger M-H said...

I think Percival is just perfect. Wonkiness is a feature that shows he has character. And his feet look marvellous. :)

27 December 2007 at 4:12 pm  
Blogger Madge said...

You knit the cutest toys! Percival is tres chic in his cravat. And those feet coupled with that whimsical face slay me.

Happy New Year!

27 December 2007 at 5:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Percival! So cute.

27 December 2007 at 7:41 pm  
Blogger kgirlknits said...

that garter stitch scarf just makes him, don't it?!

27 December 2007 at 10:39 pm  
Blogger shula said...

A garter stitch scarf?!

Girl, you walk the Razor's Edge of knitting.

(or should be calling that the Needle's Edge? There was no pun intended).

Groovy penguin. I love him.

27 December 2007 at 11:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi carson,

i actually thought the elephant was going to be the greatest thing you have shown us and then percival comes along! i LOVE him and just know he will be treasured and squeezed regularly by his lucky recipient! i especially love what was written on his tag. who wouldn't want to live in a place where stuffed penguins have a wry sense of humor?!

have a lovely new year filled with health, joy and lots and lots of soft yarn! xo

28 December 2007 at 3:01 am  
Blogger cloth.paper.string said...

superb! never before would i have thought that i absolutely postivitely need a knitted stuffed penguin like i do now!

28 December 2007 at 4:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe 'ephemerality junkies' just made my top phrase for this year. You should have made a fish for him to eat.

28 December 2007 at 10:05 pm  
Blogger Rose Red said...

What a thoughtful penguin is Percival! And warm to boot. Am sure the recipient loves him to bits!

30 December 2007 at 7:21 pm  
Blogger Michele said...

rakish charm indeed! he's adorable. and the scarf is a perfect addition. i'm so glad i found your blog this year. look forward to another year of reading you and sharing your adventures. michele

2 January 2008 at 1:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg - this is better than the elephant, no wait, the elephant is best, no, the penguin


such woolly marvels

those flippers - so flippery, so orange

3 January 2008 at 4:24 pm  
Blogger Wendy said...

Looking at him makes me realize how little time I have had to knit for other reasons than "work." He is really funny and cute. I wish I had him here with me!

Anyway, Happy New Year to you, Carson.

4 January 2008 at 4:55 pm  
Blogger redredday said...

oh so cute! the note so funny too. :). happy new year, Carson!

6 January 2008 at 12:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carson, I am UNDONE! When I visited Sydney last year, I made sure to buy Cleckheaton Wildlife at Tapestry Craft.

I haven't had good luck with toddler clothing, but after meeting some adults who still had their teddy's––I want to try my hand at toys.

Percival looks Great!! It's my wish that he'll be the most loved of the toys. There's a wonderful children's book called "The Straw Horse" about this.

I'm gonna grab my book and start knitting; you've inspired my lunch hour journey to the yarn shop.

24 January 2008 at 3:52 am  
Blogger sooz said...

Oh I made him too!
I loved the pattern, though I see ours turned out rather differently...Clearly I could do with some more imagination. I also made the wombat from the book which was great, but really BIG. Footstool big.

27 January 2008 at 1:59 pm  
Blogger Christy said...

LOve the colors

4 February 2008 at 4:33 am  

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