Sometimes it starts with an idea. Sometimes it starts with a yarn. This time it started with a song…
I was wandering through the ColourMart site (as you do) when I came across this yarn:
And into my head came I Want You to be My Teddy Bear by Elvis Presley. So the idea for Elvis the bear was born.
One bear alone needs a friend. You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog was running through my head, so the Hound Dog came in to being. When the record first came out (yes, I am that old!), animal pyjama cases were all the rage, so it seemed right to have that option.
Interestingly, Scottie recognised ‘dog’…
As I was knitting him up, I thought how nice a sweater would be in this yarn – something longer at the back to keep the essentials warm, and with a nice big pocket for the hands. Long, long sleeves would also help to keep the chills away, and the whole thing would be super-snuggly.
Hamish had his Big Tractor parked outside his shed, so I HAD to use that as a background…
By now I was singing all sorts of Elvis songs as I was knitting, and the idea of an Elvis Collection, with the items inspired by specific songs came into being.
I had been looking at the catwalk shows, and loved the Chanel fur helmets and gauntlets! Those HAD to be named for Crazy Arms…
…. the cowl made with left over colours was obviously Hawaiian Sunset…
…. and the tablet cosy, or bag, had to be Moody Blue.
Incidentally, this is ‘made’ by a button from Dixie Nichols, made by her father, and a length of chain found on ebay!
It was one breakfast that I came up with the Money Honey Hoodie! It was so teddy bear-like it just HAD to have ears! The day we photographed it was cold and windy, and Natasha didn’t want to take it off!!
The yarn is not only good for large, comfy sweaters, but for neater garments too, so a cropped jerkin seemed like a good idea. I like pockets on everything, so this has pockets too. I closed the front with a Norwegian pewter clasp, but it would also look good with a zip – it does depend on how you like wearing such things.
(Incidentally, this was made to fit Natasha but the weather cancelled my ferry the day I was due to go over and take pix! Julie, a friend who used to live on Flotta, came over a few days later, and as it fitted her, she let me take the pix. Thanks Julie!)
SO… How can you get hold of these lovely patterns?? There are several options.
The Elvis Collection ebook contains all the nine patterns. It costs $15 and is available on Ravelry or ColourMart.
The three garments and the two toys are available as individual patterns, priced $6 each. Clicking on the pictures will take you to the Ravelry page for more details and the chance to buy.
In addition, the four accessories (hat, mitts, cowl and bag) are available from ColourMart as one pattern priced at $6.
The yarn comes in lots of lovely colours from ColourMart here, and for the next couple of weeks there is 25% off.