The Great Holiday Roundup of 2012 Part 3.

In this next portion of our regularly scheduled programming, I will show off the Christmas gift that I am the most proud of. 

Meet Al. 



Al was a gift to my 20 year old brother, and I wasn’t entirely sure about that choice. The pros were that a red elephant named big Al is his school mascot, (for University of Alabama. Roll Tide!) and he loves his school a lot. The cons were that he is, after all, a 20 year old male, and they don’t really do stuffed animals. 

Here he is sneakily eyeing our Christmas Dinner.


Now he seems to have moved closer.. 



In all fairness, he’s sitting next to the sweet potato casserole, and the squash casserole, both of which are AMAZING. 

As you’ll see from these next few pictures, of Al with his intended recipient, I really shouldn’t have worried that he would be poorly received. Kyle LOVED his present. He carried it around with him all day. 



He even blends in perfectly with the school sweatshirt that Kyle got for Christmas. The above picture is the two of them sitting together at Christmas dinner. Kyle spent the whole day making the elephant dance around to his school fight song (the way the arms and legs are attached makes his limbs flop around in a hilariously adorable way.) and the rest of the time he had it tucked into the crook of his arm. He even said that it’s pretty much the only socially acceptable stuffed animal that he can have. The other members of my family headed up to Colorado as I was heading back to Boston for work, and Mom talked Kyle into leaving the elephant at home. Kyle, however, called Dad, who was leaving a day after my mom and brothers, and told him to bring him Al. This cracked me up, and I’m very happy to have made something that is so appreciated. 



The pattern may look familiar to some of you, as it’s been knitted and blogged about many times. It’s Elijah, by Ysolda Teague, and the pattern is brilliant. It was so easy to follow the instructions, she diagrams out where exactly to pick up the stitches, and there is NO SEAMING. This is a huge plus for me, because I seriously hate seams.  And little toys often have a lot of annoying fiddly little seams, which make me very cranky. The yarn is just some acrylic from Hobby Lobby, since I needed it to be machine washable, and I decided to make him much bigger than I had originally planned, three days before Christmas. This one was definitely under the wire. However, it would be hard to be more pleased with the result. 

To conclude, here is a picture of Kyle glaring at Mom when she tried to take Al away to look at him. Directly after this photo, he pretended to bite her hand. I deem this present an EXCELLENT success. 



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