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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: on my quest to find the perfect slouchy hat! on: February 14, 2007 09:13:39 AM
i really like this hat! and that is, indeed, an excellent slouch.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: totoro wrist cuff, for no real reason on: January 29, 2007 08:59:11 PM
wow, thanks! that's super sweet.

should i try to write a pattern or do people feel like they can eyeball it...?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: totoro wrist cuff, for no real reason on: January 26, 2007 07:10:26 PM
arigatou gozaimashita!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: can you stand more "fetching"? on: January 25, 2007 10:09:55 PM
thanks!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: totoro wrist cuff, for no real reason on: January 25, 2007 10:07:37 PM
thanks, everyone!

superhooker-- yep, same guy as howl's moving castle.

kitschkitty-- yeah, actually i was just thinking today about how one could fashion a cat bus.... it could look really cool....

kittykurl-- totoro mittens are a very intriguing prospect... the tops of mittens are the perfect shape for totoro's head if you stuck ears on....
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: totoro wrist cuff, for no real reason on: January 25, 2007 11:44:13 AM
it's cool, it's rare that I get to mingle my love of crafts with my love of theory....
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: totoro wrist cuff, for no real reason on: January 25, 2007 10:42:09 AM
Elfie-- I made it up... basically, I cast on 32 sts in the round, ribbed the bottom a little bit, then after 9-10 rows, I bound off 2/3 of the sts and kept knitting a couple more rows of totoro's face, and decreased a little bit so his head would be sort of round, then when I got to the ears I knit up the right one, bound off the middle part of his head, and then picked up the sts of the left ear with a second needle, and voila... I don't know if that makes sense; I suppose I could write a pattern if I put my mind to it. I'm glad you like it!

Calvina-- there's an interesting book about this (and other things) called Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism by Daniel Harris. You can read it on Google Books (how amazing is that?!) here: http://tinyurl.com/2ghh4o
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: totoro wrist cuff, for no real reason on: January 25, 2007 06:34:21 AM
not a stupid question! Totoro is a character/creature in a film called "My Neighbor Totoro" (Tonari no Totoro) made in 1988 by Hayao Miyazaki (who also made Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, among other movies). Miyazaki is a really good director whose animated movies are really popular in Japan and have found a lot of popularity in the U.S. as well. Totoro the character is a big furry gray cat/bear looking thing, who doesn't talk, just occasionally makes growling or roaring sounds, and in the movie he befriends two little girls after they find him in the forest. He's become a beloved character I guess because he's very strange and whimsical and cute and weird all at once, and he's sort of a symbol of childhood and/or friendship for a lot of people. Sort of like Winnie the Pooh in a way?

Long explanation, but I hope it helps! Thanks for asking.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cabley hat on: January 25, 2007 06:12:04 AM
it's definitely been a chicago winter, so I made this hat with really thick yarn. I made the whole thing stockinette instead of just the cabled parts, which makes the cables a little more low-key.

on a girl:



on a bedpost:
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / totoro wrist cuff, for no real reason on: January 25, 2007 06:10:13 AM
I knit this Totoro bracelet thingy on a whim, and am giving it to a friend of mine. I think I'm going to knit more Totoro stuff soon, because it's really satisfying...

on me:


totoro & totoro:
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