So, somehow we are coming up on The Peanut's 1st birthday on thursday. This has been the longest and shortest year of my life, for sure. I have been thinking a whole bunch about this time last year. In all of my thinking, I have decided that we are going to celebrate Peanut's birthday as a 3-day event, since I went into labor at 4:30 am on May 1st last year and he wasn't born until 1:34 am May 3rd. I was in labor with him for 3 days, so it is only fair he gets a 3-day birthday, right? I knew you would understand my thinking.
Here I am, in labor, 1 year ago today:
Remember this picture? I figured this was all we would get at this point since there was no baby to take a picture of this time last year....
Well, I figured showing you how to make a smile on your Basil would be the perfect topic for Day 1 of Presley's B-day week. So here we go!
Wanna a know a little secret? Mr Danger embroiders all of the faces on my samples! I am kinda sucky at it (at least I think I am), and he is great at it, so he is the face maker in the family. I do know HOW to do it though, so I am going to go ahead and explain....
So, the great part of embroiodering on knitting is the sts and columns act as a grid, which makes it almost like cross stitch. Makes sense, right? Ok, now that you understand that, to make a mouth first, I mark the center of where I want the mouth to be: (See another tapestry needle for marking? I buy these things in bulk....)
Then I count out however many sts I want out on each side to mark the far sides of the mouth. In this case, it is 5 sts over on each side:
For the embroidery iteself I like to use a black yarn in a yarn weight or 2 heavier than what my project is. So, in this case my dino is knit in sport, so I used a worsted weight black yarn for the embroidery. You don't have to do this, it is just my preference. Really any scrap yarn will work.
Using black yarn and a tapestry needle, I start my end a ways away from where my mouth will be and come out in the side marker for my mouth. Coming at it from a ways away means I can hide my end when I am done:
I made little like dimples, or cheeky bits on my other Basils, so I will on this one too. You make it with a like "V" on the ends of the smile. So, from my starting spot, I put my needle 2 sts "up," the back through my start spot:
See the little line it created? I do the same thing angled up from the start spot: (I know, my explanations are sort a crappy. Just look at the pictures....)
See, cheeky bit:
Ok, on to the mouth itself. I skipped over a stitch, then ran it under 2 stitches:
See how it made one stitch of the mouth and then my working yarn is coming out 2 stitches over?
I back stitched over those 2 stitches, and went under 2 more stitches:
See how that is starting to make a smile?
I continue this across the face, back over 2 and under 2 stitches with each go, until I come to the other side marker:
With my final back stitch I don't go under anymore stitches, I just come out in the final marker spot. Then I go up 2 stitches, just like on my first cheeky bit:
Angle down, and go up 2 more stitches:
Then I put my needle through right by where I finished stitching, and pull it through to the other side where my starting yarn is, to hide my tail:
(This is like I showed you yesterday, just trim those tails flush with your fabric) See, happy smile!
My first cheeky bit was a little lame though....this is why Mr Danger does my faces, since at this point I would go snip this smile out and start again. And then I would probably do it a third time. And maybe even a 4th and 5th time until I was completely happy. He does it right the first time, every time.
Yeah! Finsihed Basil! Didn't the yarn choice come out very dinosaur-y?
I had to show you this side too, since I love how the yarn pooled. The 2 colors where so similar, the green blended into the stripes.
And such a happy smile!