OMG... of all things, something salamander. My favorite pets. Hopefully when my daughter is older, I will get more. it is an absolute site when you can get them to breed! Your plush it absolutely adorable!
It's been a LONG time since I've been here. I came back because I realized no one on Facebook would even have a clue as to what I was talking about (Lisa makes cute things, friends are notsocrafty.) and then it didn't seem right on the company blog... So I came back here.
I plushed. Yup. I made a plush version of a figgy pudding. And while the results look good, I learned so much. The hard way. The pattern design, I think, was the the easiest part. But I screwed up on my time estimate. I have a toddler, and they ALL have ADHD, so I had to stop OFTEN. Sometimes every three seconds it seemed. Cutting, estimate correct. Sewing the base, estimte correct. Sewing the holly leaf, a little longer than I estimated, the holly berries... I am surprised I did not run my head through the sewing machine. I made the original, put it on my personal facebook page, and then my sister wanted one (free, of course) and then my niece wanted one (free, of course), then she wanted one for her friend (said she'll pay me later)... then the friends started buying, and then I needed to make more for the shop... well, you can see the basis for the pain of the holly berries. UGH.
Little round balls. Little round balls of fleece. No bigger than an inch in diameter. For the prototype, I tried to machine baste it. That FAILED miserably. Not to mention that when you step away, your child 'adjusts' the little knobs and gives her version of precision tension... which leads to crying by the adult. And the head/desk thing. Then a headache.
SO I turned to hand-basting and gathering, stitching a little circle after I stuff to hide the opening and some of the gathering. Yeah, that's a fine idea for ONE, not 15. I did 6 that way before I attempted to find an alternate. Next variation, I snipped it into a tapered plus sign and machine sewed the edges, but still needed the needle too much afterward. Next time I think I have a fix, but I won't know how much of a win/fail it will be until I test it.
I did feel that after 45 red berries, they were now clown noses.
BUT after the berries came the even 'funner' part... attaching the berries to the pudding... with a SHORT needle. Don't know why that one didn't hit me at the store. Hmm, yeah, a short needle would be so much fun (so much fun that I confused my fingers with thimble wearing fingers.). Next day: Doll needle, strong thread...
The faces were the easiest since I've been doing them for 5 years now, just on a much larger scale this time.
Have I even mentioned that in reality, I can't even stand figgy pudding. But the plush, he's cute.
Hi! I'm trying to find out if anyone knows of any sock monkey brown colored knit fabric not in sock form. I found a printed sock monkey fabric that looks knit, but it won't work for the project I need it for.
I finished up three critters and haven't had time to talk about the poor little guys.
First up is my cougar, version 2.0... sometimes when you work with such a small area, you don't get it quite right. My original cougar had stripes a bit to close to his nose. This guy seemed much better (the defects - and I have a bunch- are getting shipped to my sister and niece, the home for not quite ready for the public felted knit oddities). I had to look at a ton of cougar pictures to decide whether or not to round the ears, so slightly-rounded ears won out. He stands at just under 4 inches tall and even though he is hiding his paws, he is ready to pounce any yarn ball or human that wonders into his path.
Crawling in slowly at number two, is my trusty little turtle. This little guy has a removable shell and a two-stroke engine hiding in there, eager to beat any hare that gets in his face. Also hides some ninja skills. He stands 3-1/2 inches tall and weighs in at 3 ounces of love-filled turtle. A new wool yarn color I have used for the shell is what I now refer to as "mossy stone."
And last but least weasel, is the sleakest, sneakiest cutie ever to cross your path. With his body taller than any backyard critter to come before him, he can see you coming and wobble (hobble, bounce, what ever those little things do, like a ferret or otter). A feature I like is the white on the body, as it is knit as a flat piece and really curves well to his little body. This weasel is sneaky, but the only thing he wants to do is steal some hearts and lovin'.
But I had to move. NJ to Georgia. And, well, that was, um, FUN. But I'm here in Georgia, loving it and getting back to designing more patterns (because that's what it's really all about - knitting up 1,000,000 animals and creepy crawlies)
This time around, it's a small felted knit amigurumi turkey, sheep and American buffalo (or bison, if you want to be technically correct, which I like to be when I'm PMS'ing, but I'm not, so you could call him a yak with a nice haircut or buffle-oh no)
Oh, and you KNOW I have a crazy animal story in there (because I prefer a live model). Which animal? why, that'd be Mr. Buffalo... or Mrs., because the ladies have horns too, which are black-ish, if you look close, which I did, but I didn't breathe, not because I was scared (yet) but because, well, you know...
My parents moved to loverly and warm Florida. Not where you'd expect big fuzzy buffalo to be roaming, but they are. Anyhoo, while I was visiting the lovely community in which they live, we went by GOLF CART, yup, to see the buffalo roam. Or pant, cuz it was too hot to wear a fur coat on that day.
So we got off the golf cart and walked up to the fence where the buffalo were standing. And after a few minutes, I'm not sure if the one buffalo just got annoyed or spastic, but he (she) hit the fence and somehow we ended up at least 15 feet away, kinda in a jump, of sorts. An oh, shit, can this fence hold him (her) back... kinda jump.
But anyway, did you know you can knit up a buffalo with some buffalo yarn, cool, huh?
And you can knit up a sheep with wool.
But don't knit up a turkey with um, turkey feathers I guess... I mean you could try, but I don't think it would felt well.
AND, this has nothing to do with anything, but I got to hold a two year old alligator. He was so dang cute, but he felt like he was made of rubber.
If you want to be serious about designing knit sweaters, I'd recommend getting a dressmaker's dummy. You can knit up sample swatches (cables, etc), pin them to the dummy and see how they drape. Using thread, pin the length and collar so you can put your WIP up to the dummy and note changes. You'll learn a lot about what other pattern makers have done right and wrong.