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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knifty Knitter scarf help? on: February 06, 2007 07:51:43 PM
My mother bought me the Knifty Knitter round-loom set for Christmas year before last, and a skein of yarn she wanted me to turn into a scarf for her. After a lot of delaying (I sew way more often than I knit), I finally managed to get it long enough, but now I've got a couple problems.

First and foremost, can anyone help me figure out how to end the scarf? It's done in the round, on the blue loom. She doesn't mind if I leave the end open or closed; I have a slight preference for open, but I don't want to take it off and lose my stitches or anything weird like that.

Secondly, when I started it, I didn't loop the yarn tightly enough around the pegs, so the beginning is really loose compared to the entire rest of the scarf. Does anyone know a way to fix that without starting over from scratch, or is Mom just going to have to deal with it and/or try to stretch the rest of the scarf to look consistant? Smiley

And lastly, this isn't as much of a question, but if anyone has good patterns for Knifty Knitter socks, fingerless gloves/armwarmers/wristwarmers, or anything else winter-y, and felt like sharing, I'd be really grateful. Smiley I bought a second skein of the scarf yarn because I didn't think one would be enough, so now I have most of it left over, and if I can do something else with it for Mom, I think she'd like it..

Thanks in advance!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt plush dolls! (x2) (images working now) on: January 16, 2007 08:58:11 AM
The below were gifts for a friend; both are characters from www.sjgames.com/in-nomine. (Laurence, Malakite Archangel of the Sword, and Lilith, Demon Princess of Freedom.) Designs were a blend of how In Nomine describes the characters and how my friend views them, with clothing made up by me. All patterns original.

Malakim traditionally have black wings and wear least four chains; I only did two because felt chains are hard. The outfit was inspired by a Japanese boys' school uniform, though people think it looks like a priest's outfit -- which isn't a bad thing; Laurence is very Catholic. Smiley There's a teeny sword in a scabbard attached to one of the Oath-chains at his hip; a velcro dot is on the hilt and on the black glove so he can hold the sword if my friend wants. I think next time I won't stuff the "tabs" on the wings, but it seemed to work well this time. Wings are also velcroed on.

Lilith, in the game, is associated heavily with green; thus the color-choice. The design on her coat is supposed to be a heart with a hook in it, which is a symbol associated with her. She usually wears a lot of gems, but it's hard to do gems in felt, so I went for gold bands instead -- and yes, they're supposed to look vaguely like shackles. The skintone and hair color ("black with red highlights") were from my friend; the braiding idea was mine. And tricky, but I like how it came out. Smiley

Edited to fix code.

Edited again to fix image host. Sad
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Doll head frustration on: December 24, 2006 11:21:39 AM
Edit: I figured out how to fix it! If anyone else has the same problem, it's not too hard to fix. Just cut out your pattern pieces based on Runo's designs: you should have two patterns for the head, and you'd be making 2 of each. The smaller pattern, once you make two of it and sew them together, will be the face; the larger pattern is the sides of the head and the neck. Take the smaller pattern, lay it on your fabric (or paper or whatever), and trace the curve that Runo doesn't tell you to sew together first. (The curve that'll eventually be sewn to one of the larger pieces.) Then flip the pattern over, so the bottom tip (chin-tip, will be sewn to the top of the neck) is touching and the top isn't quite, and trace that outer curve again. You'll have a pattern with two points at the top and one point at the bottom. Do the two top points as a dart, to give your face a bit more structure, then sew it to the larger pieces normally. Then just be careful with your hair so you hide the side-seams, and you're good.

So I just made a doll off my usual modified-gingerbread-man pattern, but I don't really like how it came out. Looking around for alternate patterns to use with the same character design, I found http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/nekomimi/ and decided to try it. The problem is that I don't have access to the cotton material Runo uses right now; I want to make the doll out of felt.

But the way she designed the head, it has a seam running down the middle of the face, and a kind of annoying seam that shows up a little below the mouth-line. She makes an additional "skin cover" that somehow doesn't have seams in the same place, and pulls it over the stuffed head and neck, which works great with cotton but doesn't seem viable with felt.

Which means I need to figure out a way to modify the pattern to move the seams, or come up with a whole new head pattern from scratch that's still proportional to her pattern for the body, if I'm going to make my doll now. I tried sewing the head her way, then cutting it apart along where I want the one seam to move to, and using the cut-outs as patterns, but the cut-out face doesn't flatten out enough for me to trace easily.

Can anyone help? (I know it's Christmas Eve, so most people are probably going to be away from Craftster today and tomorrow, but I figure it's still worth asking. Smiley ) If possible, I'd like a seam to run along where the head meets the neck, instead of running right over the mouth/chin area, but what I most want is to get rid of the seam down the middle of the face without ruining the head entirely. She's got a bunch of pictures on her site, if it helps any: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/nekomimi/head.html is the doll head I'm stuck on, and http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/girl/head.html is a slightly different pattern but the same basic style.

Thanks in advance!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Pattern help? (sewing plush toys) on: December 09, 2006 08:55:11 AM
Hi! I've recently decided to branch out from hand-sewing felt dolls to hand-sewing felt animals, but I've got a problem: it's REALLY HARD to find cute animal patterns for free, and I can't draw my own worth anything.  Sad

Does anyone have any recommendations for cute animal patterns, especially for deer/fawns, foxes, or cats? I really need free ones, or at least very cheap; I'm a college student, so I don't have that much money to burn. (In terms of style, my favorite animal plushies are the Japanese felt mascots, but anything cute would be great.)

Thank you very much!  Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Various felt dolls (links, no images) (first post) on: December 04, 2006 06:53:16 PM
Hi! I've been lurking on Craftster for a few weeks, and finally got up the nerve to post my own work.  Smiley I've been making plush dolls on the same basic pattern for a few years now, themed after http://www.sjgames.com/in-nomine/ , a roleplaying game I'm a big fan of. Here's the ones I actually have pictures of. Smiley


(A scientist character from the aforementioned game, and the first doll-design I made, though this is the fourth or fifth time I made him. He's supposed to have white skin and no hair; the lightning bolt is his insignia.)


(A gift for a friend of mine, though I forgot to photograph him after I dressed him. Oops. I made a mistake on the eyes, but I don't think you can tell here. He's also my first time doing hair, but I think it came out well.)

http://pictures.greatestjournal.com/userimg/6731969/1484254 http://pictures.greatestjournal.com/userimg/6731971/1484254

(A gift for another friend of mine. The face looks a bit long, because I placed the eyes high, I think. I used yellow yarn to tie her hair back because she's in a set with the doll below, which has yellow yarn hair.)


(The other half of the set. I sewed the bustier to the skirt and I think I shouldn't have, but I still think it came out well overall. Smiley )

More to come as I finish them and get them uploaded! I've got another two dolls along this general design in progress, and I'm probably going to branch out into animal dolls soon. Smiley

For the curious, I make all the dolls with just felt, thread, yarn, and generic polyfill stuffing. The patterns I use were freehand-sketched for me, which is why one of the dolls' arms is always a bit longer than the other. I just have a pattern for the doll body, a jumpsuit (which I can modify into various tops and bottoms easily enough), and the lab coat; eyes and all are freehand-cut.
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