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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Okapi on: Today at 07:05:19 AM
Thanks, everyone!  Yes, it would be a shame to lose such a fascinating creature.  I knew about them because we do (or did, haven't been the in awhile, we were docents years back) have them at our zoo, and I always liked their funny, cobbled-together look.

If I didn't MacGyver things, I'd never get anything done! Wink it's my speciality. Cheesy

And I'm finally getting more comfortable with knitting on the fly, which makes me happy. Crochet, sure, I can do that, but I'm comparatively new to knitting (only 10 or so years as opposed to almost 30).
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mecha Dragon from Mega Man 2 on: November 20, 2014 05:53:52 PM
Wow, that is amazing!  I admire your dedication!

As for what to do with him... I have no idea.  If you had a big enough wall (like on a cathedral ceiling) you could hang him like a giant mural?  
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 20, 2014 05:38:07 PM
I have fallen so far behind, there are so many amazing projects I haven't individually commented on - I've been slammed with swaps and a horrible cold, but that's no excuse!  I have one project to submit now, there are a few others but I need to figure out some poetry and jokes... Wink

Prompt:  November Battle: Fiction vs Non-Fiction
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Knitted Okapi
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436838.0
Brief Description: The Okapi was once believed to be a cryptid- they thought taxidermists had cobbled together an animal from bits of other animals to try to fool the world... turns out, though, that it's very real!  In the end, the fictional animal was proven to be the stuff of completely real non-fiction!

(Really, as a member of Team Textbook, I had to come down on the side of Non-Fiction!  GO Science!  Wink )

Project Picture:

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Okapi on: November 20, 2014 05:32:27 PM

What on earth is an Okapi, you ask?  From Wikipedia: The okapi, also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae.

Now, there are not a ton of Okapi patterns out there, but my partner in the Cryptid Swap really wanted an Okapi (no, it's not a cryptid, but it was considered one for a very long time - they thought taxidermists had cobbled together a make-believe animal from various bits).  So I had to make an Okapi.

There are a few very cartoon-okapi patterns, but I wanted something more realistic.  Enter... the giraffe pattern.  I found this one on Ravelry, but it was a LOT of seams and I hate seams so I tried to work it in the round.  I translated the pattern (the two halves were worked independently, so one had to be flipped) and in theory it should have worked?  But it didn't.  The legs did, but the lower body was weird (I ended up sewing in some tucks and pleats which were still less noticeable than my seams would be) and I did end up needing a seam down the back.

And don't even mention the color changes!  Since I was working in the round, for the rump stripes I didn't want to carry the yarn that much so each time I broke off the brown and attached the white/black, then broke those off and attached more brown.  At least with a stuffed animal all that is hidden very nicely in the back!

I shortened the neck (I should have thickened it, too, but... time and all) and completely winged the ears.  The head I had to pull out and re-do because I forgot the white cheeks, which was a great deal of fun to do...  O.o

This is an in-progess picture:

Overall, though?  I'm really proud of him.  It was a time crunch, and he was HUGE (I did not realize how big he was going to be when I started, but he stood well over a foot tall... this is a reoccurring theme in my projects, I just don't ever seen to grasp what I'm getting myself into.  When there are almost 150 rows in a pattern, it's not small!), and I had to pull out a lot, but it was worth it.  More pictures, just because:

He also, convincingly, served to fulfill a prompt for the Fall Nerd Battles!  If you haven't checked out the Nerd Battles, you should!  This session is almost over, but the Winter Nerd Battles should be starting soon and you totally want to join Team Textbook for all things nerdy and awesome!  Wink
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Cryptid Swap Gallery! on: November 20, 2014 05:04:12 PM
I am so glad you love the Okapi, that was quite the adventure!  Cheesy  The squid I've made before, and the frog was just a little extra I saw on your pinterest, he came together pretty well.  Cheesy
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: November 19, 2014 09:35:56 AM
Willow git to try his paw at pottery this weekend!  Not too shabby fir a first attempt!  It needs to be fired, then we'll glaze, and fire again.

7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: I miss that SOOOOO much!!! Swap (SU Oct 19-Nov1;SO Nov 30) on: November 19, 2014 09:30:48 AM
I got a tiny tiny thing done (mini-small?) and made progress on a really fun item... I hope it works out, it's still in the early stages but I think it'll be funny if I can pull it off... then there's another funny item I have planned that I have no idea if I can pull off... that one will be much trickier... but I'll give it a go!
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 27 - Crafty Quickstep, SU Closed, SO Dec 14 on: November 19, 2014 09:27:51 AM
I am still here, finally over my cold and done with my Cryptid swap, so work other than pre-planning can begin this weekend! Sadly, I really need to clean up my crafting area before I can get much done... And I really don't want to tackle that!

I also have 7 days in a row off coming up (yay, vacation time!) so hopefully I'll have lots and lots of crafting time and mojo... depending on if those days fill up - I already have one and maybe two shopping days scheduled...
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Cryptid Swap - SU CLOSED, SO 11/18 on: November 18, 2014 05:08:31 PM
Today is send-outs, please let me know if you aren't going to be able to send - almost everyone has checked in, I've updated the list on the first post of the gallery.

Um, except my name... I sent today, but I'm too lazy to go back and change it for just that... :S
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery on: November 17, 2014 07:31:49 PM
I received from rscowtown today! She'd sent me very specific unpacking instructions, and I was nervous... but everything was just fine, and I got it out of the box without breaking anything!

First up, the non-3D bug... a patchwork bee!

Honeycomb embroidery detail and awesome polka-dot fabric back and front (one of my favorite patterns!).

And then! I very carefully unwrapped...

Can you tell what the frame is?

If I'm not mistaken, is that an old-fashioned tennis racket frame-holder-thingee?! How awesome is that repurposing? Cheesy

Thank you so much!  I'm still waffling on where I want to put my dragonfly, it really needs to sit on a windowframe, methinks!  Cheesy
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