I've been busy. So, here's what I've done (plus a few dishcloths and almost done with a Christmas stocking).
Sootsprites (creatures in the movie Spirited Away) ~ 1 strand Caron Simply Soft, one strand Patons Cha Cha, size 3 dpns. Konpeito
candy from J-list, it's actually supposed to be what they are eating in the movie. I splurged on it for a special fun day with my four year old where we watched the movie, then I presented him with his sprite and we fed them their candy. One without a clip for my son and one with a clip for my backpack. Like the action shot on my lovely backpack? I carry that thing every day and I'm pushing 30. Ok, I'm 31.
-Caron Simply Soft in black (or any black worsted yarn)
-Patons Cha Cha in black (or other eyelash yarn but I really do recommend this one for the best effect)
-size 3 or 4 dpns, set of 4 or a circular (if you can manage one this tiny)
-two white buttons (no idea what the style is called) with irises painted on in black and sealed with clear fingernail polish, dried for at least an hour)
-a very small amount of stuffing. Two cottonballs might even work, or some of the yarn itself.
On the worsted yarn, strand the two buttons, slip toward the yarn ball.
Cast on 3 stitches, one each needle, holding the two yarns together as one.
1 ~ Inc in each st
2 ~ *Inc, k1* 3x
3 ~ *k1, inc, k1* 3x
4 ~ *inc, k2, inc* 3x
5 ~ K 1, slide a button up, p1, k1, slide a button up, p1, k to end
6-9 ~ k
10 ~ *dec, k2, dec* 3x
11 ~ *k1, dec, k1* 3x
stuff (firmly. Understuffing can result in shape loss as I discovered on my son's toy)
12 ~ *dec, k1* 3x
13 ~ dec in each st
Use a drawstring closure to bind off. Leave the tail long and use to sew on a clip if you wish.
Ice cozy ~ Lion Brand Cotton Ease (lovely spongy feeling, like I'm super surprised at how much I love it, I think I'll make a tee with some) in "Lake" color on size 5 dpns (I knitted a rectangle for the bottom, then picked up the stitches and did one purl row, then knit in the round, eyelets for the bow). Mom wraps her ice packs in paper towels to keep the condensation off of her food, and she gave me some packs for my birthday, pre wrapped in paper towels. Well, I just can't justify buying paper towels, I think they are too wasteful and prefer reusable things. So I had the same paper towels on my ice packs for two semesters at school. Finally it hit me to make cozys. I'm making some for mom as well, this is just the first of about a dozen between us.
Kitty ~ Caron Simply Soft, sixe 4 dpns. Her bottom is full of polyfill beads, only they are special. They are rose scented, from a potpouri isle. Yup, her butt smells like roses. Wish mine did. That would be cool.
Turtle ~ From Kath Dalmeny's World of Knitted Toys, yarn is Red Heart Wallmart special (don't throw things please), size 5 straight needles. Try as I might, I couldn't find a reason to use dpns. My son is in this shot because he became jealous at me taking so many pictures of my knitting and kept jumping in front of the camera, so I compromised. Actually I'm not surprised he did this, you should have seen him jumping in front of people (strangers) at the zoo trying to take pictures of their family. Camera ham.