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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Octopus Florae on: April 28, 2008 09:54:21 AM
Is the scientific name for a new variety found of the hansigurumi subspecies.

Be careful, she steals fries.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I made fishy Tawashi! on: March 31, 2008 10:39:24 AM

This was so quick, so fun, and I love the pattern. Tawashi are pot scrubbers, unlike dishcloths which recommend cotton, acrylic is recommended for abrasiveness. I'm sure I don't have very abrasive ones though, only acrylic in my stash is Simply Soft for amigurimi and other toys Smiley.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A party of peeps on: March 24, 2008 01:23:03 PM

I made these from the peeps pattern, only made them more marshmallowy by having the head taper to an icord and sewing into place. Eyes are duplicate stitch with brown. More on my blog.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty and Kodama on: January 29, 2008 12:40:27 PM
I am so tickled pink at the completion of this project/pattern that I'm actually annoying myself.

This is the main design for the body type and I also made my fave:

If anyone else wants to join in the fun, I put the pattern on my blog Smiley.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sally the Christmas Angel on: January 07, 2008 07:05:54 AM
I finished this the day before Christmas Smiley. Or wait was it Christmas morning? Ah, something like that. Yay Knitty!

6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Forever Friends Fawn on: October 18, 2007 07:53:22 AM
Or as my son calls him, "Bambi." No spots, yet. I had to finish it in time for his birthday and my hands have been stiff and sore. So the spots will be done this weekend.

And, true to his nature, my son will absolutely not see a camera without trying to jump in the shot.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Netiquette for improvised patterns on: September 21, 2007 11:13:07 AM
So, what is the etiquette for when you can't afford to spend money on patterns and you see one and improvise the result. Is it rude to show off the finished result, as long as you don't post the way you figured it out?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / What do you do with your toy food? on: August 29, 2007 12:55:08 PM
Assuming you have some. I knit little toys and stick them on my desk or give them to my son, but lately I've been seriously wanting to play with some food. Other than more desk toys, I've been wondering how to display my works. Naturally a fruit dish in the middle of my kitchen table would be appropriate, or some cookies on a table in the hall. I was wondering what other people have done to try to get some inspiration.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Weaving in ends, the cut off stub part... on: August 21, 2007 12:56:39 PM
So after about eight years of knitting I've finally decided it is time to learn how to weave in yarn ends. Which I've done. But the thing that has always bothered me still bothers me. When you weave in the ends, and you clip the final bit of yarn that was attached to the needle, there is a tiny bit of a stub that is easy to hide. For a minute. Then a little of it works itself out. So won't a wiggly bit of strand be showing soon? How is that nicer looking than a tiny box knot?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Soot Sprites, Hello Kitty, ice cozy and sea turtle (6 images) **with pattern** 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.


-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.

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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