Chipan is ready for a banana snack, but he would like to say hello to you first. He hopes he will soon be joined by a rainbow of other little monkeys just like him. I'll post more pics when he gets siblings.
I made this little guy from a Japanese language pattern book. Chipan is my first crochet toy (I've made knitted ones before). I think it came out better than any I ever knitted. The crochet diagram and language barrier were challenging, but it just made the result more satisfying.
I'm having trouble understanding exactly what I'm doing when I crochet in the round. When joining each round, you need to do a slip stitch. Then at the beginning of the next round, you chain 1. But how do you keep from getting a extra stitch from that chained stitch when you come back around? Wjy do you need to chain 1 at the beginning? Why can't you just close with a slip stitch and start from there?
I posted this under another topic, but I'm getting kind of desperate, so I thought I'd start my own thread.
I have had so much bad luck with this project--defective ball of yarn, having to frog it when it was almost half-way done, etc. I've figured all the other stuff out, but I cannot get the dropping/ bind off to look right.
I'm pretty sure I'm doing the dropping and binding correctly--it's sort of like doing a bar increase, right--knitting into the front of the stitch but not dropping it, then binding off and knitting into the back of the stitch and binding off.
But here's where I get messed up: The lone stitch in between the two dropped ones becomes way too loose and loopy and I don't know why or how to fix it. (i've tried doing the dropping and binding a number of ways, but it doesn't help this middle stitch.)
Please, Please, Please help me! I've been practicing on swatches and on the half-way done messed up bit of vest. I don't want to go through the trouble of re-knitting the whole thing only to get to the end and screw it up! Arrrrgh!!!!
My husband and I had no money for the holidays this year, so we decided to make everyone's presents for under $5.00 each. We had so much fun coming up with and creating just the perfect thing for each person--way better than if we'd just bought people stuff.
My sister-in-law is a junior-high science teacher, so we decided to make her a cell diagram pillow. (Remember those diagrams you used to have to draw and lable for biology class?) We googled cell diagrams and then stylized our own pattern--I didn't remember there were that many parts!
The pillow is made of felt--felt by the yard for the body of the cell and odd pieces of felt by the sheet for the cell parts. I machine-appliqued the cell parts to one side of the body then stitched the front and back together the front and back, stuffed it and it was done. It only took an afternoon from design to finish and the result was even better than we'd hoped.
I think it turned out looking really Mod and abstract. It was a little difficult to stop admiring it and wrap it up, but our sister-in-law loved it. Hope you do, too!
My brother is a huge Star Wars fan--made the local news each time a new episode came out since he and his friends were the first ones camped out to get tickets.
I'd love to stencil him a Star Wars t-shirt for X-mas. He's also a film student, so I'd like it to be something pretty edgy looking. So...please, oh. please, does anyone have any favorites or know of a good link? I've only found a couple on a pumpkin carving site.
Here's my latest project! (Also from the book World of Knitted Toys.) :
I really like the way it turned out. Before I added the features, it looked kinda creepy, though. It's pretty big--the body is about 8 in. high and each tentacle is about 9 in. long. It was very easy to make, but took a little while because of all the tentacles. Man, I was tired of knitting tentacles! Before I finished it, I thought I'd embroider a glam-like spink tar over one eye, but when I finished the features, their simplicity was pleasing and I wasn't sure if I wanted to mess with that.
I found a book from 1982 with instructions for making an elf family and their mushroom dining room set. I plan on making them all (stocking up on birthday presents for my future children plus I love toys myself), but I've only completed the Mom so far. Her body, bag and hat are felt, skirt and apron are cotton, and her hair is shag-length craft fur. The fur was surprisingly hard to find (see my post in "discuss future projects.") She's handsewn since my sewing machine is currently in storage. I think handsewing is more soothing anyway. I really enjoyed making her and am pretty proud of the result.
Awhile ago, I found some booklets at Joann's on Swedish Weaving. Basically what you do is get this material called monk's cloth (a very lose weave material that looks kinda like a giant cross-stitch material), cut out the length you want, baste the edges, and wash it so it shrinks. You then weave lengths of yarn into the materaial horizontally from the center of the project to the left. You end up with really pretty geometric patterns. (I'm not explaining this very well, but there are plenty of instruction booklets out there.) I'm finishing up my second one now. They're fairly quick to make given the area you cover and I think they turn out pretty nice!
I'm in the middle of a project that calls for craft fur--you know, the fuzzy stuff in garish colors that troll dolls have on their heads--and I can't find it anywhere. I've tried all the major fabric store and craft chains with no luck. No luck with Internet searches either--"craft fur," "fake fur," "faux fur"-- all come up with stuff that looks realistic, not like the stuff I stuck to puppets and the tops of pencils as a kid. Does anyone know where to purchase this stuff? Maybe a brand name I could look up?
Here is my own little guy whom I've dubbed Crook Toe because of his poor crooked feet:
And a profile (that's my cat Arlo in mid-sneak attack):
As you can see, Crook Toe ended up being a very cartoonish version of a wombat. I think I placed his legs a bit wrong and I could only find large stuffed animal eyes. The book's version was very realistic. I think he's cute anyway!
I'm working on a turquoise blue octopus from the book now. It's supposed to look cartoonish, so I should have better luck. I'll post pics when I'm finished.