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Topic: Pierre, pocket-sized knitgurumi (?) travelling companion!  (Read 3268 times)
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KedaZenovka
« on: January 06, 2010 03:56:47 PM »

I saw a travelling companion on craftster and fell in love with the idea, kinda Amelie-gnomish! Aiming for a small woollen creature and unable to crochet, I scoured the internets for "knit-gurumi" patterns but was not satisfied. So with my very limited knitting and designing skills, little Pierre was born the day before a month's rail trip around Europe last summer, thus named for his resemblance to a rock (and we happened to be in France at the time...)


Here he is, bright eyed and bushy tailed, on his first ever train journey:


Here at sunset in Brussels:


Being political in front of the Hungarian parliament (see his serious expression?):


ok just little thumbnail pictures now, but here he is trekking up Mount Olympus, in Rome, with his friend the Venetian gondolier, being quiet in a church, under the Eiffel Tower and finally with his little Hungarian cousin Joszef when they met in Paris.
                                     

He visited many other places but I think that is more than enough photos!

Comments would make his day!  Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010 04:11:04 PM »

What a cutie! Knit amigurumi patterns are out there, but tougher to find. Honestly, I'm glad you didn't find anything because I love what you came up with on your own. He is adorable! Have fun with your little world traveller!
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010 05:37:19 PM »

Oooh!!  Soo cute!  I love him!  Wonderful job!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010 06:25:31 PM »

I love him! You've inspired me to make one!

I just have one question- what crafty magic did you use to make those adorable horns?
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010 07:12:20 PM »

So Adorable!  And I absolutely love the pictures!!!  I'm off to rock!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010 07:20:28 PM »

aww this is so cute i love him!
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010 10:47:09 PM »

Pierre is too adorable and your photographs are just lovely. He reminds me a bit of the monsters from Where The Wild Things Are. I also love that he has another friend with him! I so jealous of amigurumi and knit-gurumi crafters! (:
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2010 01:01:15 AM »

Pierre is completely adorable, with such a cute expression. I make crochet amigurumi, but I do like the texture of knitting - maybe I should learn. Have you seen Mochimochi Land's knitted gurumi? http://www.flickr.com/photos/91821907@N00/
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2010 07:34:39 AM »

Thanks for saying such lovely things!

I just have one question- what crafty magic did you use to make those adorable horns?

fimo (poly clay), I made horns attached to discs which are under the knitted bit to stop the horns from falling out, if that makes any sense. I guess they could be made from beads or carved wood or something though too...
And please! if you do make one post a photo in this thread so I can see it! I'd be thrilled to see yours Cheesy


and AngryAngel, I love your amigurumi, hehe perhaps Pierre has some common ancestry with your rock spirit! I can't believe I didn't find the Mochimochi creatures, they're adorable. Perhaps crochet lends itself better to the construction of small creatures, I think I will have to learn...
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2010 09:25:46 AM »

and AngryAngel, I love your amigurumi, hehe perhaps Pierre has some common ancestry with your rock spirit! I can't believe I didn't find the Mochimochi creatures, they're adorable. Perhaps crochet lends itself better to the construction of small creatures, I think I will have to learn...

Aww, thanks! The difference between knitting and crochet when it comes to amigurumi is interesting. I think crochet makes a firmer fabric which doesn't stretch too much so it can be quite well stuffed. And crocheting in the round, and making quite small shapes seems fairly easy to me, whereas it seems to be a bit harder to knit in the round (but I don't knit, so I could be wrong). I think it's really cool to see cute creatures that are knit as well as crochet, vive la difference!
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2010 11:22:25 AM »

i love pierre!! and what an awesome idea Cheesy i always loved the amelie roaming gnome  Grin

so cute!
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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2010 01:11:06 PM »

That's adorable  Cheesy i love your photos too!
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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2010 04:31:42 PM »

Pierre is clearly a well-seasoned and erudite traveler! He hits all the hot spots and yet still looks so calm, the kind of guy who has a great passport photo but feels no vanity. What an amazing guy!
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2010 05:06:47 PM »

oh my lord sooo adorable!! i just want to cuddle pierre!
i'd love a pattern, if you wrote it down.
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2010 05:36:56 PM »

Adorable!  I have a woolen travel companion too!  He's an amigurumi llama, and his name is Carlos.  My profile picture is of him at Machu Pichu.  Great minds think alike  Cheesy

I love that yours is a monster.  He is adorable and expertly crafted.  Well done!
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2010 07:26:34 AM »

He's very cute! At first, he reminded me on one of the Vancouver Olympic Mascots ("Quatchi").  When I look at the picture now, I see they don't look too similar - but they could be distant cousins!

http://www.vancouver2010.com/mascot/en/meet.php
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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2010 10:35:32 AM »

Aww he look's soooo cute!
I've learned myself how to knit recently (I figured: if I can crochet, I can knit too) and am knitting a dress for my poppet. Just two rectangles, 'cause I don't know how to knit rounds yet. But if I see Pierre I sooo wanna make him a look-a-like!
I like his face, and the little horns give him just that bit of 'edge'.
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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2010 11:19:55 AM »

He is just too cute! I'd like to see pictures of his full body. Does he have a tail? Feet? I wanna seeee.....please? XD
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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2010 07:26:59 AM »

hehe thanks Cheesy

I'm not sure it merits a pattern, I just kind of made it up as I went along! I'll try and give vague directions though...
I cast on... 6? stitches onto dpns (very small ones) and then knit in the round, increasing a few stitches every round until I had an oval the size I wanted (maybe 2 inches wide). Then I kept on knitting, without increasing, to make his body, til he was almost tall enough, then decreased gradually (a few stitches every other row, then every row as it got nearer the top). When there were only 4 stitches or so left I gathered them at the top, knitted a couple of rectangles which I folded in half to make arms, embroidered and sewed on the face on felt and then put the fimo horns in and stuffed him. He is pretty tiny so it was a bit fiddly, the knitting in the round thing. err yeah ok not very helpful but give it a go! please, I would love to see if I've inspired anyone!

I forgot to say, I should give credit to my friend that I was travelling with who took the pictures, he's a good photographer!

He is just too cute! I'd like to see pictures of his full body. Does he have a tail? Feet? I wanna seeee.....please? XD
no tail, no feet  Sad his body is pretty much just like a pebble or something! Here's a clearer photo:

oh the vancouver mascots are adorable! Quatchi is definitely in the style I was going for...
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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2010 11:06:24 AM »

Well he is still adorable even if he has no feet or anything else! I am a new knitter but this type of thing doesn't seem to hard to make. I'll have to try it when I finish working on my current project. Cheesy  I'll be going on a cruise in September so it would be awesome to have a little buddy to take with me.
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