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« on: February 07, 2011 11:53:50 AM »

I found this ugly, neglected afghan for $3.99 at my local thrift store.  I thought that the combination of colors left a lot to be desired. However there were some nice colors in there to work with. I'm a geek married to a geek and we both love Dr Who. So, a Dalek seemed a good choice for a finger puppet.

Here's a couple of before pictures:

Must Exterminate granny afghan! Exterminate! Exterminate!







After trying out a few things and falling short of awesomeness I came up with these monstrously cute finger puppets. Would anyone care to give them names?



Here's a view from the back to show the spines, mohawks, tails or whatever you want to call what I crocheted along their backs as I stitched them up.



And of course here's the Dalek:



Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!




I plan to give most of what I've made to a local hospital to distribute to young patients and kids in the waiting room. I'm hoping the finger puppets will bring a smile to the kids faces.  ( I think that the first Dalek has already been claimed by my son but future Daleks and the monsters will be given away)

I did have a couple of sources of inspiration for these monstrously cute finger puppets. First I got the idea to make the finger puppets from this site: http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/2009/10/where-wild-fingers-are.html
I took the idea on there and played around with it a lot. It was a lot of fun having a basic idea of construction that I could start with and make the rest up as I went along.

Then they needed faces. My inspiration on how to do the faces was from a fellow craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351953.0

There is still quite a lot of yarn to make up. I think that making up these finger puppets and perhaps some small stuffies is going to be an ongoing project for me. I wonder how many things I'll be able to make and give to the hospital out of this one afghan?


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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011 11:58:03 AM »

I'm always sad when I find crafts like blankets and cross stitch pieces at thrift stores for so cheap.  I know how much cost and time goes into making them.  I'm glad you used it for the same medium - and for a good cause.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011 12:07:59 PM »

I'm sure the afghan was loved in it original state. I agree it's sad to see blankets like this that had soo much love put into them at the thrift store. It was a bit hard to rip it apart but I hope that whoever made it wouldn't be too horrified by the new life that I've breathed into it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011 03:42:15 PM »

the little yellow dalek is sooooooo cuuuuute (although i say that with fear of being exterminated- i'm sure daleks are agiainst being called cute)
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011 04:12:13 PM »

That's a really neat idea. I salvage yarn from sweaters and always see afghans that are worse for the wear or ugly, but I never thought I'd get enough long pieces of yarn to work with from them. But I never thought of making finger puppets, or small stuffed toys... I might steal your idea. Wink

Also the Dalek is awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011 02:12:40 AM »

I would never in a million years have thought to do that! what an awesome way to upcycle an old afghan, its so sad to see them being unloved when so much has gone into making. I just can't get over how super cute these little guys are! INSPIRED recon! genius.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011 07:21:15 AM »

nice job repurposing!!! too cool.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011 08:40:56 AM »

Beautiful! I am loving how you recycled the yarn in the granny afghan!

The fact that you found it for $3.99 made me cringe a little, just thinking about the amount of time it would take to make that size granny square. Just another reminder to always use a nice color combo!

But yes, cuuuute little finger puppets!
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011 02:13:52 PM »

Oh!  those finger puppets are frikken ADORABLE! but you unravellled that uber sweet granny afghan!?!?!


I am totes into finding and rescuing granny crocheted blankets, haha!
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2011 02:30:13 PM »

Those puppets are really wonderful! I kinda want one Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2011 03:06:26 PM »

Thanks for all the compliments!

Please, please vote!
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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2011 03:29:00 PM »

I am wisting that dalek! Awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2011 07:11:52 PM »

very cute!
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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2011 11:31:20 AM »

Daleks are my favorite...  Any chance for a pattern?  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2011 12:27:40 PM »

I also hate to see handmade crafts in thrift stores for a pittance, but you are doing the original piece proud and I am just SURE that the original craftster would be honored to have his/her work being used to brighten the days of kids in the hospital.

Well done!
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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2011 06:46:59 PM »

Daleks are my favorite...  Any chance for a pattern?  Cheesy

That's a possiblity. I really just made it up as I went along. I do want to make more so When I do I'll take pictures and write down each round as I go. I'm working on a slightly bigger more hand puppet sized Dalek that also has a couple of pipecleaners and a couple of buttons.  I ran out of time and it didn't really go with the finger puppets.

Give me a couple weeks and I'll try to find the time to get a pattern typed up. Anyone else Hoping for a pattern? I could make sure that I PM you with a link to the post when I do get around to typing up the pattern.
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2011 04:56:36 PM »

WHy is it my thrift store never has anything this cool?!! Great job on the finger puppets! My kiddos would love them!
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2011 05:05:43 PM »

Great idea, with really cute results.
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2011 03:27:05 PM »

I LOVE THE DALEK!!!!
HAha I read your post out loud to my boyfriend (we're both HUGE Dr. Who fans), and his reply was... "carrying on that geekiness... maybe we just crossed our own timeline over the internet!"

Great idea for turning an out-dated blanket into something cute!
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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2011 07:10:15 PM »

You made me smile  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2011 05:21:01 AM »

Great idea--I pretty much run a retirement home for old grannies and scrapghans! I can't resist them, and have found lots of ways to use them but that didn't occur to me!
 
Kinda funny:
I had a party here at the farm , and made what I thought was a pretty and inviting "ladies" area under a big oak outside. Guests ranged from 3 years old to 84, so lots of different folks were here.

I used our outdoor furniture and dragged out a coffee table and tufted ottomans and even a throw rug. I used the grannies and all of my "cutter" quilts on the furniture, to either wrap the cushions or hang over the backs--it was November, so chilly enough that wrapping up in a warm afghan with tea or coco was perfect for a chat. We're talking about 10 comfy spots, each with an afghan to curl up in

We also have a big deck and barbeque area with a table and snacks, I figured the guys would congregate there. Nope...after the first half hour, men ranging from 19-80+ were snuggled down in the afghans talking like they were at a quilting bee, while the ladies camped out on the porch!  Thats what I get for trying to predict based on gender!
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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2011 07:38:47 AM »

being a blanket freak I kind of cringe at the idea of taking apart a blanket,especially a crocheted blanket, BUT I love that you are making new things from it and doing good with it. Nice work! puppets are super cute!
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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2011 02:21:29 PM »

wow super cute
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« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2011 05:48:21 PM »

I <3 doctor who too and i loved all of it even the poor monsters that were exterminated!
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