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111  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Pretty - felted stuffy monster on: March 23, 2006 01:15:10 PM
WOW! Shocked Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments and feedback! I'm just overwhelmed with the good feelings.   Cheesy

My only suggestions on the redo would be to felt him prior to stuffing him.  When he's done felting put any kind of dried beans in the bottom and then fill the rest of the way with the fiberfill.
Oh, and how DID you end up getting the dreads to work?  They are perfect!

Thanks LeSophie! I did a lot of pondering as to whether I should stuff him before or after felting. I opted for before only because I had to do a lot of sewing around his head to close him up.. It seemed with my sewing skills (which are not so awesome) it would be better to sew him up first so all my sloppy stitches could be felted away in the wash. I was also worried the fabric might be too stiff after felting, but we'll have to just see. I'm thinking with pretty no.2 I will go with the felt first, stuff later option and mebbie give him some more hair if he needs a cover-up.

I loved the dreads too, Cheesy To make them I took two strands of Lambs Pride worsted and made super big iCords on 10.5 DPN's in varying lengths. I tried to give them a bit of a "natural" dread look by adding lumps here and there with some slight increasing and decreasing. Next time I'm going to make the lumps bigger though, I don't think they really showed up well in Mr. Pretty's hair..

You should definately make more, you could make them all different Mr. Prettys. Smiley

I plan on it! My LYS just got in new stock of the Lambs Pride Bulky and I went a little crazy. *blush* I now have enough skeins to make myself a little army of Mr. Pretty's.

im curious about your piercing, i dont think ive ever seen one like that before, is it across like your eyebrow, or can you not see the end in the picture and theyre 2 different piercings?
sorry to get off topic

Hey Zelda! Cheesy Hey no worries, it's a fun piercing and I love it. It's just a surface piercing.. though a rather long one at that. It's done with a two and a half inch piece of tygon (plastic surgical tubing) that's strung under the skin and connects the two balls which are screwed right into the tubing. I'd never seen this kind of piercing done as a horizontal eyebrow before, and I was really intrigued! I know this is off topic, so if you'd like more info send me a PM and I'd be happy to share more.. if you're ever here in Portland OR, the shop I had it done at is called Straight to the Point and their owner, Alex, is an expert with the tygon. I highly reccomend.
112  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my first knitted bag on: March 22, 2006 12:56:41 PM
Agreed! I'm not usually a fan of all-knitted bags since they tend to look a little floppy but this bag is really classy looking. I love the shaping, and your use of thicker yarn.. it's pretty  Cheesy
113  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mr. Pretty - felted stuffy monster on: March 22, 2006 12:17:39 AM
He began as a mission.. It was nearing my brother's birthday and I wanted to create something spiffy to carry the travel-moolah I wanted to give him for his up-coming trip to Japan. After two months spent picking out the perfect colors, postulating the best way to make yarn dreads, and poking myself in the shin too many times for comfort with that darn felting needle..

..Mr. Pretty was born!

I made him up as I went, starting with the same shaping used for the marsupial tote (from debbie stoller's SnB) as a base for the body. When I finished his body I stopped twisting the corner stitches so he'd have a naturally round head. At the top I binded him off, stuffed him almost-full of polyester fiber fill, and folded the corners in before sewing him up to give him a nice round head.


A few extra details.. like bright blue DREADS, some tiny little feet, t-shirt-like stitching around the neck and a back pocket to stash the cash.. and he was ready for the wash!


Mid-wash.. poor little dude. (you can see a lot of his stuffing came out in the washing machine..)

..and all done! well, almost.. he needed a good shaving after all that agitation!  Grin

Close-up of the needle felting on the back of his head..

Now that I've made him, I would have done a few things different.. For one I'd figure out some kind of lining to keep the polyester fill inside when felting in the washing machine. Almost half of his original stuffing came out in the wash. Perhaps some kind of mesh bag? I'd also like to try putting some kind of weight in his bottom to hold him down better when he's sitting.. he has a habit of flopping over as he is now Cheesy

I hope you love him, lord knows I do.. how ever am I going to muster up the courage to pack him up and send him off to little-bro?

114  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knit and Tonic's Somewhat Cowl? on: February 23, 2006 11:32:14 AM
I just cast on last night, and it's looking marvelous! I'm using Dalegarn's "Svale" (Cotton/Silk blend) in a spring green color. It was recommended as a substitute yarn by my LYS (they were out of stock on Blue Sky's Alpaca & Silk).

I must say Dale makes some very beautiful yarn.. Svale was right on gauge for me, had a great price, and a really nice hand. (Hand, is that the right expression?) Anyhoo, it's gorgeous. Soft, and just the right amount of silky sheen. I can't wait to get to the point where I can try it on!
115  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knit and Tonic's Somewhat Cowl? on: January 06, 2006 12:15:46 AM
Wow that's cute! I may consider this as my next project after I finish my Leaf Pullover sweater (almost done, just one more sleeve.. one more sleeve!). I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!
116  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Cleaves? on: November 22, 2005 10:42:18 AM
I'm really interested in seeing your finished cleaves Emily. I really love the yarns I've ordered from knitpicks so far, but I've yet to see the sierra in action. The colors look gorgeous!
117  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Cleaves? on: November 21, 2005 11:35:48 AM
I just finished my cleaves last night (pictures to come as soon as I weave in all the ends). I'm a rather short girl, with a smaller chest and I really like the way it came out.

I knit the size small cleaves with Rowan Polar (check out this ebay seller for some great polar deals!) in silver lining on US10.5 addi-turbo needles. The fabric is really soft and knit up beautifully. Only nag I have is the tube around the chest is a little big for me and has a habit of slipping off! This may be due to the fact that I did a k3p2 rib instead of the k2p2 rib the pattern calls for, but I think it may just be my tiny chest! Oh well, kinda creates a slouchy, comfy look. Cheesy

All in all, I really liked the rowan polar and I'd recommend it to anyone (especially at the prices they're going for on eBay!) In fact, I just purchased a whole bunch more polar to start on the leaf pullover from loop-d-loop!
118  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Marsupial tote from SNB on: November 17, 2005 03:21:59 PM
Thank you!  Grin

Yup! It's in the first SnB book, and it's a super fast knit. I used only about half a skien of each color, so it was a really satisfying and cheap project! You could easily do two bags with three skiens of LP bulky.
119  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Marsupial tote from SNB on: November 17, 2005 02:46:33 PM
Here's my Marsupial! I have a feeling I left mine in the washing machine a little bit longer than I should have.. it came out cute, but really tiny! I knitted it with a single strand of lamb's pride bulky in onyx, dusty rose and light grey. I also added a little embroidered squirrel to the front before felting  Cheesy

I think on my next marsupial I'd add a few more inches to the width of the bag. I really liked the feel and weight of the fabric after it was felted, but the lamb's pride sure did felt down a lot! I might also CO twice as many stiches on the handles to make them longer.. I'd like to be able to throw this bag over my shoulder, and the handles are too small to do that as-is.

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