Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Fox and the Bicycle



I made this fox for my brother at one of the gazillion gift giving occasions this month. I don't know how, but somehow almost everyone I know -or, at the very least, everyone in my family- has their birthday in that one month between the mid of July and the mid of August. I suspect the birthday gods have a laugh over my inability to come up with so many presents in such a short time.
I decided to knit my brother a fox, because he happens to be a huge cycling and cyclo-cross fan (as long time readers may have gathered by now). One of the biggest stars in both sports is Marianne Vos. She's reigning World Champion in both sports, won the Giro Rosa, the biggest event in female cycling, and won La Course last week, a one day course finishing at the Champs Elysee alongside the Tour de France. Her name, Vos, is Dutch for Fox, so my brother now has a mascot to wear to the cyclo cross matches.

Pattern: Mini Fox
Yarn: Jamieson and Smith 2 ply Jumperweight

 The mini fox knitted up super fast, I casted off the same day as I casted on. In fact I finished it so fast that I almost forgot to blog about it, had I not conveniently stumbled upon the photos just now.
 It's the second time I made the mini fox pattern. I made a Fennec fox a couple a years ago but this time I stuck to the traditional red fox colours. The red fox is the only fox that still lives in these woods and we've stumbled on one during evening walks a couple of times.

I'm extremely pleased with the colour. Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumperweight has the perfect foxy colours. I used colourway FC38 as a main colour, because that's what I had in my stash, but I think colourway 122 would probably work as well.  Speaking of which, the yarn to finish my Shetland Cardigan has not arrived yet. Though it should arrive any day now, I started to get a bit impatient so I've casted on for something to keep me occupied in the meantime. What are you working on this summer?

xxx



10 comments :

Anonymous said...

I love it! This one and your previous one make a lovely pair!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! The colour is really fine. It's a good piece of work and a great gift for winning the tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia). May I win the next time, than - possible maybe - knitting a shark would be a good idea. You might know why..

Brother

Anonymous said...

Super leuke mooie vos!!!! Prachtig cadeau, zeker voor een Marianne Vos fan!
Groet Margot

ayarnyrobin said...

cute fox... I love makes that are quick and super gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Wat een leuk idee. Fiets, Marianne en de broer met vos!
Gems

diy said...

Staat hem goed en is handig als er een harde wind waait.
Shetland is toch een eind lopen en de wol zal voor de winter wel geariveerd zijn.
Heb je dan ook nog wat te doen.
Groeten aan iedereen.
Daaag.

Paul.

Nisse said...


Haha, ik hoop dat de wol eerder aankomt! Maar je hebt gelijk dat ik het met deze temperaturen de wol voorlopig nog niet nodig ga hebben! ;)

Nisse said...


@Ayarnyrobin Thank you! Normally I go for projects that are a tad more lenghty, but that's why I love to do these quick makes inbetween the lenghty projects!

Anonymous said...

Lance, is echt leuk! :)Ook met de vos.

Anonymous said...

Een heel mooi en lied cadeau :)groetjes Kim