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Topic: Soot Sprites, Hello Kitty, ice cozy and sea turtle (6 images) **with pattern**  (Read 8148 times)
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« on: August 21, 2007 08:32:07 AM »

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.

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Pattern

-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.
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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.
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007 08:38:21 AM »

Eee, the sprites are so cute!

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007 08:42:38 AM »

Yup, her butt smells like roses. Wish mine did. That would be cool.


HAHAHA.
anyway, everything is supercute. you got skills  Cheesy
i really like that turtle. im going to do a double check to see how big it is...
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007 08:48:21 AM »

They all turned out so nice. I especially like the Hello Kitty, and the turtle. I've had my eye on Kath Dalmeney's book, "World of Knitted Toys" lately. Would you recommend it? I've heard that the patterns are relatively easy to do.
Are there very many easy patterns in the book?  Huh
Also I was wondering where you got your Hello Kitty pattern, if you don't mind me asking?
Sorry to ask so many questions. lol.
Great work!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2007 08:59:22 AM »

xbostonvanillax ~ The turtle is a little over a foot long (I want to say... 14-15 inches?), but I used worsted yarn, not sport like Kath recommended. The hugeness is due to the angle of the picture.
queen_gueneviere ~ By all means, get Kath's book. I find it easy to follow (though I do remember seriously having issues with the zebra about five years ago when I first got the book and had only been knitting for a year). Even if a certain project seems complicated, there are plenty of simple ones (and try the complicated ones as well, you might be surprised).
Hello Kitty is straight up out of my head. I started to write a pattern, one of these days I might be motivated to clean it up.

Edit to add ~ Omg, I totally should be saying "Oh no, the turtle is only about 6" long because I used smaller needles, but my son is related to Tom Thumb."
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2007 09:45:28 AM »

Hello Kitty is right out of your head? Wow, aren't you talented? I'm envious. lol. I've only been knitting for just over 5 months but, can do all of the basics and increasing, decreasing.
I read that that is pretty much all you need, to start knitting some of the creations in her book. Thanks for letting me know. I'll definately keep it in mind.
Maybe a few years down the road when I gain more experience, I can try her more difficult patterns. Well, hopefully.  Roll Eyes
Thanks.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2007 10:06:52 AM »

So cute!!  I had a little soot sprite keychain, but it got thrashed.  How did you knit a ball like that? I would so love to make one of these... Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2007 10:14:58 AM »

Using 4 dpns and holding the two yarns together as one strand, I cast one on each of 3 dpns, then increased in each stitch, then increased just the first stitch of each needle, then the middle stitch of each needle, then the first and last stitch of each needle, then knit straight a few rows, then did decreases instead of increases in the same type of pattern.
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2007 10:25:37 AM »

Great idea on the icepack cozy!  My brother uses plastic bags, I bet wool would work even better - fewer leaks!
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2007 10:42:20 AM »

They're all great, but I'm loving the soot sprites best - they look kinda like warm fuzzies!
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