This project idea started when one of my friends asked me if I could knit her a cactus. Now that I finally have free time on my hands again, I started with that project. The body of the cactus I designed myself after a little trial and error, and the cactus branches I knit with a simple i-cord.
I had actually never knit an i-cord before, so I turned to Teeny Tiny MochiMochi‘s instructional guide at the end on how to do that. I’ve mentioned Anna Hrachovec’s books before, and I find the instructions so easy to follow with practical resources in the end.
Since I had the book open, I started flipping through for more inspiration. I knit the cupcake pattern next – it came out so cute! It was also a super fast knit, I completed it in an evening.
I only made two modifications to the pattern. First, I used size 5 needles and worsted weight yarn, which yielded a larger-sized cupcake. Second, I embroidered the eyes and sprinkles before I stitched the frosting to the cake base and stuffed it. I found that made the assembly a little easier for me, because embroidery is not one of my strengths.
The third ornament, the pear, also came from Teeny Tiny MochiMochi. I just love this pattern, I thought it was so cute.
Similar to the cupcake, I used size five needles and worsted weight yarn. My colors don’t exactly match those in the book, but they’re close enough. That’s one thing I enjoy about projects like these, they’re very forgiving if you make a mistake. They’re also a great stash-buster when you have a lot of leftover yarn! Knitting these was a nice quick little break in-between larger projects.