Remember the adorable little bunny stitch markers that I got this summer?
Well... I have recently acquired another set from the same source: pelicans!! Two white and two brown. Click on the image to take a closer look.
It turns out that the friendly lady at Wee Ones on Etsy (whose name is Jillian, by the way; check out her story here) takes special orders. Because of my maiden name — Pelikan, with a "k" — I grew up surrounded by artistic representations of these majestic (but admittedly rather silly) water birds in various media. Photographs, paintings, prints, a mosaic, sculptures small and large in wood, glass, crystal, ceramics, and various metals.... I even met Petros, the famous mascot of the Greek island of Mykonos on my travels. So when I learned that Jillian would be willing to tackle the challenge of reproducing these birds in miniature, to accompany my knitting, I simply could not resist putting her up to it. We went back & forth a bit as she worked out the design to my specifications, and the Final Four here arrived just in time for Christmas. I think she did a FANTASTIC job. They are wonderfully round and companionable critters!!
And of course there's always the poem by Ogden Nash, which seems like a good way to achieve closure, after a fashion:
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill can hold more than his beli-can.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for the week;
But I'm damned if I see how the heli-can.