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Topic: Soot Sprites, Hello Kitty, ice cozy and sea turtle (6 images) **with pattern**  (Read 11975 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
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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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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2007 10:52:26 AM »

Your soot sprites are perfect!!  I just watched Spritied Away (again) last night - one of my all-time favorites.
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2007 12:28:52 PM »

ACK!!!  My dd is a Miyazaki-FREAK and those sprites are AWESOME!!  Love that you took a pic with the konpeito.  I used to eat those as a kid and since they don't have them here I asked my mom to send some for dd's 4th b-day.  She kept telling everyone that she was eating "soot-food" Cheesy  Thanks for the inspiration, now I'm off to Joann's for some soot...umm...yarn Wink
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2007 05:40:44 PM »

those soot sprites are super cute! Spirited away is one of my favorite movies and I just love the key chain idea.
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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2007 08:02:04 PM »

I think soot sprites first appeared in My Neighbor Totoro?
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2007 09:08:05 PM »

I think soot sprites first appeared in My Neighbor Totoro?

you know, I was thinking the same thing because weren't soot sprites the ones that were in that house the family was moving into (in the totoro movie)?  I remembered 'cause the little girl caught one but when she looked at her hands, there wasn't anything except all that soot!!  I thought she was so cute!  Nonetheless, spirited away and totoro are both great movies from miyazaki!!! 

I wish I thought of making those soot sprites myself; they're so cute!!
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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2007 09:17:27 PM »

Love the sprites! Cute!
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2007 01:47:31 AM »

Love the sprites!! How did you do the eyes?
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2007 02:28:31 AM »

everything is ace, but the Sootsprites are teh win! I always thought that they were eating those star-shaped sprinkles you can get for cupcakes etc, I didn't realise there was actual candy!

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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2007 06:02:28 AM »

I think soot sprites first appeared in My Neighbor Totoro?
I know they are in that movie, but unfortunately due to a tight budget that particular film is still on my to-buy list (It is at the top though. Followed by the last three films I want to complete my Miyazaki collection.)
It's so cool that I found a place to go where people know what a soot sprite is Smiley.
littlebluegirl ~ The eyes are white buttons, the kind with a loop on the back for yarn rather than holes, the irises are painted on with black acryllic and then coated in clear fingernail polish for protection. I knitted the eyes on but sewed the clip on.
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2007 03:17:16 AM »

Your projects are so cute!  Love the turtle.  I really like your backpack.  Ha! your pushing 31....well I'm pushing 60 and I'd wear it!  Age is a state of mind.  "Grownups as soooooooo boring"!  My Granddaughter says I'm COOL and that makes me smile. Remember that pathway back to childhood when you need it because there's a lot of peace and happiness there!
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2007 04:40:46 AM »

How did you knit a ball like that? I would so love to make one of these... Cheesy
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I second this question... I have to make soot sprites!! 

And thanks for the link to the candy.. I'm going to surprise my guy with them, too, only he's 26!  Hehe..  we can't get enough of the Miyazake! (although Kiki's Delivery Service was pretty weird plotwise, even for one of his movies.. anyone else?)
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« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2007 10:03:59 AM »

This is how I made them:
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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.
Ok. Let me think.

Pattern style:

-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
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.

I think that's right. No yarn here at school to test the pattern so let me know. Or maybe I can print this and test it this weekend. I'll put this on the original post.

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« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2007 10:13:22 AM »

Quote from: littleknitter
(Bongirl5, your avatar is great!)
Cheesy That is a cool avatar!
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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2007 10:49:59 AM »

Everything you made is just adorable!  I love the sprites-- that was my favorite movie!  The turtle is great too, wonderful job!
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2007 04:14:31 AM »

the soot sprites are so cute!!
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« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2007 06:55:15 AM »

those soots are so ridiculously cute! most deffinetely gonna make a bunch! the food was a really nice touch for the photo as well.
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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2007 02:32:48 AM »

Is there any chance that you might one day, post your kitty pattern?
I know that you just made it out of your head but if you remember it, I sure would love to have your pattern.  Roll Eyes
It's soooooo cute! They're all so nice.  Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2007 02:03:44 PM »

Those are soo cute!! Good job on them!! I especially love the soot sprites! I loved that movie!
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« Reply #28 on: August 29, 2007 07:22:27 PM »

OMG SOOT SPRITES *flails arms in excitement* OMG OMGOMGOMG.
they are soooo <3333333 thank you for the pattern/inspiration!!
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« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2007 05:36:07 AM »

Umm.... I made mine  Grin

I think I'm going to make a whole bunch... because really, what else can I do with that ChaCha yarn?  Cheesy (besides fuel my addiction for soft fluffy stuff)
Test with fun fur, to show the difference:


Really? knitting/increasing with that few stitches in the round was killer to work with. soo.... instead of purling in the round (to put the right side out) I knitted to make an inside out soot ball (it took me the longest time to realize that I was knitting in the round wrong! Embarrassed )
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« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2007 09:19:38 AM »

the ice cozy's are a great idea!
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« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2007 07:43:43 AM »

CloudxxSeph those are cute! Seeing the fun fur, I do think I like the Cha-cha better. And yeah, I plan on making a ton more as well Cheesy.
BTW- I got My Neighbor Totoro this weekend, my son was thrilled to see more soot sprites!
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« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2007 09:49:02 AM »

Love the Hello Kitty  Grin
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« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2007 06:46:50 AM »

When I viewed this the other day, I saw a "Hello Kitty" pattern.  You had a square and showed how to shape it into the body and the ears, and I think a separate tail.  I wanted to make it and now I can't seem to find it.  Can you re-post it?  I would appreciate it so much.  I know my granddaughter would love it.  Thanks.
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« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2007 07:26:11 AM »

That pattern would not be mine, my Hello Kitty pattern is still in the procrastination stage (though during a school break I might have time). I can tell you the basic concept in case you can't find the other pattern. I cast a stitch onto each of four needles, and increased in each stitch, then increased in the first stitch, then in the middle stitch and then knit straight for about an inch for the arms, about an inch and a half for the legs, then decreased on the first st of the first needle, last stitch of the second, first of the third, last of the forth for either one or two rows. Then I bound them off by drawing string through. I started the body the same way but did a few more rounds of increases. I know I alternated the first stitch of each needle and then the middle stitch of each needle, but I can not remember how many rounds. I knit straight for about an inch, then decreased (same as arm decreases) for only two rows, then knit one row (neck), then increased in the same pattern as the decreases, then knit for an inch, then decreased (again as the arm) until about an inch of fabric (all needles together, held flat) was left. About eight stitches? Then I bound off in (heh, beginners will love this one, if the casting on method hasn't scared them away) kitchener stitch. The ears were four stitches, then k2 tog at the beginning of every k row, bind off at one stitch. Make 4 ears, sew together, sew ears arms and legs into place. Oh, stuffing. Stuff the arms and legs before the decreases. Take an old nylon stocking or sock (I used a toddler sock) and stuff the toe with poly beads. Tie or sew shut, stuff in the body before starting the neck, stuff the head before sewing shut.
So there it is. If anyone would care to interpret and try it, feel free. I will try a pattern write up sometime, but I have school and Christmas presents to work on. So it might be Winter break. I also plan on trying something I was thinking of, the cast on makes a little nipple at the ends of the hands and feet, I was thinking I would try working with the ws out for a few rows then flipping the ws out and seeing how that turned out. I also might start at the end that joins to the body, then binding off with a drawstring method and see which arms or legs look the best.
If anyone wants to experiment with this and do a write up before spring and distribute it, feel free. All I ask is don't make money off of it, and mention me in it somewhere.
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« Reply #35 on: September 12, 2007 02:49:20 PM »

Thank you Sara-Dippity.  When I said I thought I had seen the pattern I probably con fused the other pattern you listed as being for the kitty.  I will try your method when I have time.  I did like your picture of the kitty,  I will be having surgery shortly and when I have recovered, I plan on doing a ton of projects, and yours will be one of them.  Thanks for responding so quickly. 
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