I was worried over what to get/make my best friend for her eighteenth birthday, until I stumbled upon the pattern for Knitty's Pasha. From a Japanese children's book project, we somehow adopted the personas of the two penguin protagonists. So I made my bud her counterpart:
With inspirational book:
Pen-chan is the red-hatted one, and Gin-chan the yellow-hatted. I plan to make a Gin-chan version ("me") this summer, so we can trade them before we go off to college. That way we'll have a cute reminder of our (penguin-ified) friendship.
Plus I made her a birthday card with a scrawly Japanese message inside. ("Wow, Pen-chan, you're a grown up penguin now! Promise we'll still go fishing together sometimes?" )
Hope you like! The pattern was quick and fun to knit, and now I know how to do short row shaping, yay!
Can you tell us what kind of modifications you made?
I made the tail longer on the red monkey because I thought the blue one's tail was a little too short. I cast on 40 stitches instead of 35, and I think I knit more than 10 rows, 15 maybe. I basically just kept knitting until it looked the right size.
On the body, I followed the spyderbaby's original pattern, but I changed the assembly a little bit. You knit the torso and end up with a bowling pin-esque flat shape. Then I assembled it like this:
The dashed line is the seaming down to his bellybutton area. Then I folded up the triangle and sewed it almost as a gusset. This made the monkey a nice crotch and I attached his legs on the two corners I created (bottom black arrows). Add his tail on the back (think like a tripod) and he sits up nicely.
The only other modification I made was when I was attaching the head. The neck part of his torso seemed to tall and skinny, so I just rolled the extra part down into his body and sewed his head on. This made his neck the right length and a bit stronger too.
This blue one I already posted in that thread, and he's been sent off to my friend at school to replace her newly ex'd boyfriend. I made him with worsted weight, so he turned out fairly small.
This red monkey I made for my guy friend, who, upon seeing the first monkey, did not hesitate to demand one of his own. Being the manly man he is, I chose some Lion Brand Thick and Quick suitably named "Lumberjack Red." Because of the bulky yarn, this monkey turned out huge!
Excuse the darkness of picture and shininess of couch...
I found that two-colored plied yarn looked nice and also served to conceal most of the seaming and my ugly increase/decrease work.
Here's my rendition of Mr. Dangly, though I haven't named him yet. Took me a while to make him, but it was a nice project to work on, even with a bad head cold. But I did have a heck of a time teaching myself increases. Is there a certain kind of increase that works best?
I think I'll be making him some relatives soon. Next time I think I'll make the tail longer, put a pipecleaner in it, and maybe try and teach myself how to knit in the round with dpns so I don't have to do all that seaming...
In regards to the pokey-butt syndrome, here's how I went about fixing it:
I seamed the torso together starting at the top (black dashy line), and then when I was about an inch or so from the bottom, I folded the pointy part up, and seamed together the two sides of the "triangle" I had created. This made two smaller pokies, and this became his front. I attached his legs to the corners (bottom arrows), kind of "sheathing" the pokies. Then add his tail to the back to make a kind of tripod and sits up quite nicely.
Oh goodness! Thank you guys for your help! I feel so silly now! I checked out knittinghelp.com, and who knew I have been twisting my knits and somehow purling very strangely all along? I guess that's what I get for trying to teach myself out of a book...
Somehow whatever kind of stitches I have been doing haven't hampered me as much as they could have, because I've been able to make ribbed scarves without any problem (though the fronts of the ribs had funky texture instead of stockinette) But luckily now I can make beautiful stockinette! (made beautiful by all the frustration it took to learn!)
Thanks again! Now that I'm over this hurdle, my next project is a Harry Potter scarf, and then I want to learn double knitting, too.
I've been trying to learn to do stockinette stitch, and after realizing I'd been doing twisted stockinette the whole while, I started over, practiced, and then finally felt I had a handle on it.
However, my whole piece slants strangely... This was just a piece to practice on, but I can't figure out what's making it such a "diagonal" shape. I can stretch it to be square, but it won't stay. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?
It does make a nice parallelogram shape...
If I figured out what I'm doing, maybe I could harness it to make slants the other way and knit cool zigzags or something.
Wow! I would love to stumble upon a bunch of old jewelry like that. I don't know exactly what you have, but I think it is a great idea to try and reuse some of it. Old pendants/charms/earrings missing their mates could be incorporated into new necklaces or charm bracelets. Old or broken necklace chains could be used to make necklaces or earrings.
I'm not sure what kind of style you like, but here are some pictures that might get some ideas rolling. All of these pictures are from Urban Outfitters. Maybe check out Anthropologie's jewelry, too. They both have neat, cute stuff, but are way too expensive for my tastes, so all the better to make it yourself!
Hope that this was of any help, and also that you find a use for your grandmother's jewelry! Best of luck!
I couldn't think of a story, so I decided to just do a learning type book, and for some reason chose fruit as a subject. It took a little while to plan out, but I like the finished result and the cute little fruits! And of course, a happy little moral, too. The translations aren't exact, but you get the idea. The fruits are labeled, but hopefully you can tell what they are anyway. (Sorry for the terrible lighting in the pictures!) EDIT: pictures fixed for color quality and size. The liighting's still not great, but my camera is out of batteries...
Cover. The title says "Happy fruit!" The author's name is Photoshop'd out as her mother is paranoid.
Left: "There are many kinds of fruit. Everyone is different." Right: "Fruits are all different colors."
Left: "There are red ones, orange ones, and yellow ones." Right: "There are also green ones, blue ones, and purple ones."
Left: "There are big ones." Right: "And there are little ones, too."
Left: "There are long, skinny ones." Right: "And, there are also round, fat ones."
Left: "Further, there are odd-shaped ones!" Right: "Their insides are not the same."
Inside of the kiwi.
Inside of the grapefruit.
Left: "Fruits come from different places (in the world)." Right: "But, they are all sweet and are friends."
So, moral of the story is, we're all different in lots of ways, but we can all be friends and love each other. Awww.
This was my last biology projects of the school year. My teacher wanted us to work on something after all our finals were over, so we did children's books. Almost everyone in my class did the lazy computer-paper-and-internet-images type, but I went a little overboard and spent a little too much time on it. (And pwned them all! ) I got the idea to use a board book from my mom, who has been making all sorts of reconstructed books lately.
So I took an old board book we probably got at goodwill (my mom has a boxful) and sacrificed one of my good friends, National Geographic, and voila! My book is about the earth's biomes (habitats) so I used lots of cool landscapes and animals, though the little buggers took forever to find and cut out!
(not sure why this picture looks smaller...)
The last page, a crescent earth as viewed from the earth (EDIT: moon). Pretty neat, I think.
Comments appreciated!! And I apologize for the multitude of large pictures, but I just love National Geographic and I wanted you to be able to see all the pretty pictures! Sorry!
I know this isn't really jewelry, so I hope it's in the right section, considering it is a jewelry "accessory", if you will. Also, I'm not quite sure what to call this thing, hence the odd title.
I've been making a lot of earrings lately, and they'd started to overflow my little bowl in the bathroom and take over the entire counter, and I had a little extra wall space, so I decided to make a contraption to solve this problem.
I went to the hardware store and got a big piece of wire screen. My dad kindly made me a scrap wood frame for it. But it was really ugly with the screen all stapled down on the edges, so I thought I'd pretty it up a bit.
I've been saving popcans for reasons unknown even to me, and so I cut them up and put them all around the frame to make it purty and shiny and cover up the staples and the edge of the screen. It's really big, and I don't have enough earrings to cover it, so I might get some S hooks so I can hang necklaces on it too.
Finished action shot
Ugly starting frame... (thanks Dad!)
Pop can pieces
I hope you like! Comments/criticism welcome! Kudos to the person who can guess the most kind of cans I used!!