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91  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dungeons and dragons mind flayer -- NOW WITH PATTERN on: August 15, 2006 09:30:11 AM
It's a pretty big doll.  I gifted it in a shoebox, and it was a nice "coffin" for it.  Yes, you continue with the UPPER body for Henry.  You don't need the legs, so that's why I substituted the long robe.  I made this a sort of cartoony mind flayer because my friend has a couple of young kids that I didn't want to freak out.  I have considered making a few more, but much more creepy. 

Play with it -- I am thinking about making the decreases more extreme (resulting in a skinnier doll altogether) and the head more sinister.  (White eyes, etc).  If you notice in the MM, the picture of the thing has a really tattered black robe.  It would be interesting maybe to pick up some sts around the neckline and actually knit out a collar instead of sewing on trim. 

I'm glad you're having fun with it!  It's a cool, cool thing.  I definitely have to thank my husband for helping me with the pattern.  Smiley
92  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: R2D2 Beanie Hat (Star Wars) on: August 11, 2006 06:22:23 PM
Is there any way any, any, any way you would please share your pattern?  I LOVE it.  I would love to make a couple of those hats.

93  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dungeons and dragons mind flayer -- NOW WITH PATTERN on: August 10, 2006 02:47:27 PM
Wow, thanks for the link.  I think I'll surprise my husband with one of those!  He would flip. 

Like I said, I'll be working on a beholder soon.  Smiley  Any ideas you get about cute little dnd monsters, forward them my way!
94  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dungeons and dragons mind flayer -- NOW WITH PATTERN on: August 10, 2006 08:28:16 AM
rough pattern:

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in gray (MC) and purple (CC) and some scrap black yarn for this project and size 6 straight needles.  Gauge isn't terribly important, but I was getting 5sts/1".  You will also need about 1 yard of the trim of your choice.

Instructions for Henry Rollins doll can be found in Debbie Stoller's Stitch N Bitch Nation.

CO 36 sts in MC
K 4 rows in St st
Row 5 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, k2tog, K1
K 7 rows in St st
Row 13 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1
K 9 rows in St st
Row 23 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1
K 11 rows in St st
Row 35 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1
K 11 rows in St st
Row 37 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1

At this point, waist begins.  Continue with instructions in SnB Nation for Henry Rollins' upper body. 

Make arms according to the Henry Rollins pattern, use CC for the first 10 rows and then switch to MC for the rest of the arm.

Weave in ends.  Piece together and seam arms and sides.  Leave bottom open. 

Continue with instructions for Henry Rollins' head, using CC. 

Decide placement for four tentacles on the head.  PU 5 sts in the center (top tentacle) and start an I-cord.  When I-cord measures about 1/2", K1, K2tog, K 2 (1 st decreased).  Continue until I-cord is about 1-1.5" long (as desired), decrease one more stitch.  Continue for another half inch or so, decrease one more stitch.  Knit to desired length and then cut yarn tail and pull through remaining two stitches.

Repeat for other tentacles.

Weave in ends.

Using scrap black yarn (you could use white since their eyes are technically supposed to be white), stitch eyes to your liking.  Secure yarn on the WS (I tied it in a knot and left long tails since the inside isn't seen at all). 

Stuff toy with polyester fiberfill. 

Sew bottom together neatly.  I had to flip under one edge, and it ended up looking somewhat like an envelope.

Place trim around neck, down front of robe, and around cuffs.  Pin to secure, and using matching thread, sew into place. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

95  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: dungeons and dragons mind flayer on: August 09, 2006 10:09:59 AM
Sorry about the link problems.  Thanks for all the positive response!  I had a good time knitting this up.  I will be glad to release a pattern as soon as I consolidate my notes and drawings. 

I think my next project is a dnd beholder.
96  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / dungeons and dragons mind flayer -- NOW WITH PATTERN on: August 08, 2006 04:16:46 PM
Yes, to all the nerds, I have knitted a DnD mind flayer.  


Pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112947.msg1082584#msg1082584
97  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: cabled newsboy question on: July 27, 2006 09:48:02 PM
Thanks!  I really really like that hat.  I just cast on tonight for a cabled sweater, so that was my practice run for cables.  My husband says he likes the hat better without the brim, but I think it's cute and different.  I may make the hat again minus the brim with some leftover yarn if I have any from my newest sweater. 

I can really see the white plastic up close and it kinda bothers me.  I am thinking I could maybe run some of the same yarn through there -- you know, just stitch along the increases.  Is that clear?  Would that work without looking horrible?
98  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / cabled newsboy question on: July 27, 2006 02:22:40 PM
I just finished my first cabled newsboy hat.  It turned out really well (I can add pics later when I upload them), but you can kinda see the plastic mesh through the stitching on the brim.  What can I do to disguise this?  Any ideas?

pics located at my blog.

99  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: those "teach yourself to knit" kits... on: July 20, 2006 02:33:55 PM
I learned how to knit on that Target dvd.  It was less than $4, so I figured I had nothing to lose.  I had to stop the dvd over and over to get it right, but within a couple weeks, I was rockin' along.  That was in March, and now, dozens of fo later, I am really glad I made that purchase!  Sure, there are other things that I have learned more from since, but it got me started!
100  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why do you knit? on: July 11, 2006 09:21:24 AM
1. Why did you learn to knit?
Because I have always wanted to know how.  I am from a long line of crafty people -- all my aunts/uncles sew as well as my mother.  My great-grandmother was a hat maker at the turn of the 1900's, and I had only a handful of store-bought garments until I was a teenager.  Knitting/crocheting were the only crafts that nobody in my family could do, so they were always a little exotic to me.  Knitting was what I decided I wanted to do most.  When I had just delivered my second baby (in February), I was nursing all day and night, and I felt like I should be doing something since I'm used to taking care of my daughter as well.  I thought that knitting may be a good outlet because I could nurse and knit all at once (yes, I'm a nursing pro).  I picked up a knitting kit on a clearance endcap at Target, and watched the dvd.  Now, I'm taking a weekly class at my LYS and finishing up my first sweater.

2. Why do you knit?
Because I need a creative outlet and a sense of accomplishment with that creativity.  My mind needs to be challenged.  My DND group doesn't meet regularly as most of us are now parents and work, etc, so I need something to keep me sane.  Also, I feel a lot of pride in what I can do.  I have gained a lot of confidence that has taken my thoughts away from the amount of postpartum weight I am still carrying and has sent my concentration to the more important and unwavering beautiful parts of myself.  If that's not a reason to keep it up, I don't know what is.

3. Do you have a knitting guru or idol?  Who and why?
I like the Debbie Stoller books.  I also really like my teacher.  I've read countless knitting books, and they have all touched me somehow -- even a few with the scary teacher-looking sweaters.  (I can make that comment because I am a teacher.)  Everyone who knits is to be appreciated.  Those who do not and who do not live with a knitter do not understand. 
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