This year for the holidays I tried to do some knitting to create lovingly hand crafted gifts. One project that I particularly liked (an may even have to make one or two more!) is the Big Snowy Owl Pattern from the Purl Bee.
Since my cousin's baby's room has been decorated with somewhat of an owl theme in mind, I thought this soft and cuddly looking stuffy would be a great gift for little Penelope (who just turned 5 months old!)
Fun fact, the blanket the owl is sitting on was a wedding gift to my cousin, made by yours truly as well.
The patter knits up really quick (on US 15 needles) and I used a grey and white tweed bernat super chunky acrylic yarn for the body (a little more durable for babies than the recomended alpaca wool blend, also more budget friendly!) and the eyes and beak I just improvised, crocheted rather than knitted as the pattern described; using left over stash yarn, sometimes holding two strands together.
The finished product is about a foot and a half tall, and unbelievable cuddly. I wish I had thought to throw a bean bag in the bottom tho before I sealed him up, as he does have a tendency to topple over (oh well!).
And as for the lucky little girl? It's clear from the smile on her face that she loves her new toy (or more realistically that she's just one super happy baby!).