It is 5 am, and you are listening . . .

Don't you just love waking up at 5am?
Harper woke me.
(Thanks chickadee: half 15kg kitten, half kangaroo)

And you know there's no getting back to sleep at 5am.

Now that the car alarm outside on the street has stopped (!), it's oh so quiet, it's oh so still, as Bjork said.
Goat has taken Scout to the office so it's just me + Harps today, and she's (surprise surprise) chilled out.
It's overcast and cool, lightly drizzling outside.
I did a black wash this morning, and I was in the bathroom noticing how sculptural the clothes looked against the white tiles and the soft light.

So right now I should be researching Arameic typography and graphics.
But you know what, I think I'll just keep coveting books and blog. Don't tell anyone.

Does anyone else miss Flea Bites? Especially the weekly fauna updates.
We don't live in any where near the same level of leafiness as Grandma Flea does, or rather, used to, but amazingly we still get some biodiversity.

A neighbour's gum tree is in full flower right now, great boughs groaning with beautiful creamy white blossom.
By day the Rainbow Lorikeets flock in by the dozen and feed on the nectar with much trilling and squawking. By night the Fruit Bats do the same, with even more squawking.
But the smell, oh the smell.. on a really warm breezy day, a deliciously strong honey aroma wafts over from the flowers. Heaven.

And, oh yeah, I made an elephant.

Well, you could say it's a construction in spheres, cylinders and semicircles.
Or, indeed the most impractical child's toy in the History of the World.

But did I ever have fun making it. And I learnt a new increasing technique; the M1R, shown here at the fabulous KnittingHelp.com.

I'm not used to assembling objects that are so soft and yielding and so my sewing techniques (ahem) are a tad wonky, but I hope secured firmly enough.

Pattern: Elefante by Susan B. Anderson available here.

Yarn: Eki Riva baby alpaca in grey for the main body. Naturally off white merino for the paw /trunk pads and ear lining. Mohair eyes, which I hoped would fuzz, giving the impression of eyelashes.

Mods: Such was my glee at starting this fun project, I didn't realise until I arrived at that point in the pattern, that the ears are in fact crochet. I did attempt to teach myself crochet but let's face it, I had no idea what I was doing, so I found help in Cleckheaton Wildlife in 8 ply (which seems to be no longer available). I adapted Barbara Lennon's Tasmanian Devil ear shape and it worked out rather well I think.

Stuffing: I used poly fill, the kind you get in cushions.

General fun + Cuteness Factor: Pretty damn high.

off he goes...waddle, waddle.


Blogger M-H said...

Ooooh! That is *supercuuute*!

2 November 2007 at 12:13 pm  
Blogger Rose Red said...

Your elephant is fab! Great job on the ears - they don't look substituted at all!

Sometimes I think I should wake up earlier and take in the silence/noise. But then I hit the snooze button...

2 November 2007 at 12:35 pm  
Blogger Suse said...

That's the prettiest elephant's bottom I've seen in a long time.

2 November 2007 at 12:40 pm  
Blogger shula said...

I'm with Suse.

2 November 2007 at 3:31 pm  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

What a cutie!

My new newphew needs one, stat!

2 November 2007 at 6:52 pm  
Blogger Mari said...

That elephant's bottom is about the roundest and cutest I've ever seen!

2 November 2007 at 7:55 pm  
Blogger Ashley said...

That elephant is BEYOND. The blanket stitching on the ears? Killing me. Feeling overwhelming compulsion to make...

3 November 2007 at 12:34 am  
Blogger Madge said...

He's adorable. His little tail, his floppy ears...so sweet.

Great gum tree photo. Spring is busting out. Ain't it grand?

3 November 2007 at 7:13 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a child, my aunt knit me a giant elephant (Ellie) which I used to lie on, and then it was about the only soft toy I would take to bed with me.
Now Pia has her own elephant :) And we are very glad it came to live with us. Thankyou for such generosity and kindness.

3 November 2007 at 9:53 am  
Blogger amisha said...

that elephant backside is the cutest thing i have seen in a long time. the front is pretty cute too :)

3 November 2007 at 2:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the black laundry photo.

i love that you gals are heading into summer as we head into winter. makes me feel hopeful. and why did it take me so long to figure out that aussie friends are a lot of fun.

i love your squishy happy elephant.

3 November 2007 at 2:51 pm  
Blogger MWM said...

that little tail made me laugh out loud:)
and I did get up at 5am this morning, although it was all on my own. only time that is quiet and child free to get some work done:) I guess you can't really sneak around while the dogs are still in bed...

3 November 2007 at 10:36 pm  
Blogger kgirlknits said...

5 am - ouch! Lucky she's so damn adorable!

That elephant reminds me of one from a picture book I had as a child, but I can't for the life of me think which one? I think it's the expression in the first photo, sort of shy, little bit timid and slightly under-confident, but oh so cute and lovable!

I off to Mum's to go through the old books and see if I can find the characters name...unless anyone else can help me? (it's not Dumbo, btw)

4 November 2007 at 2:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And, oh yeah, I made an elephant."

What an elegant understatement.

What an utterly delightful creature.

"A gift and a blessing to the universe this humble knitted elephant." John Irving - A prayer for Owen Meany.

I made that last bit up, but thankyou.

7 November 2007 at 7:49 pm  
Blogger Di said...

No I don't love waking up at 5am, although it's usually by someone even cuter than your obscenely cute elephante, which does ease the disappointment a little.

12 November 2007 at 9:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cleckheaton Wildlife in 8 ply? Ohh, maybe I bought the last one at Tapestry Craft…:-(

But your elephant looks fab! I thinks toys are the best way to learn knitted sculpture, and a great alternative to clothing, for kids. The Knitted Teddy Bear, is another great book.

Can Scout teach Harper not to wake you up?

14 November 2007 at 3:59 am  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and found cute Loris!

I'm a parrot lover and knitter. Those photos, both of the elephant and the lorikeets, are excellent.

21 February 2008 at 2:56 pm  

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