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« on: February 17, 2004 09:18:52 AM »

i'm starting this topic for projects that started out with patterns from the Stitch 'N Bitch book and took on new twists.

i made this, the squirrel scout helmet:

it's the kitty hat from the book (without ears). i added the squirrel (my own design created on knitters' graph paper) when i knitted it up. it's knit from an acrylic/wool blend i found in my mom's attic and the squirrel is nice variegated natural wool.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2004 09:20:44 AM by missmarissa » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2004 10:19:08 AM »

That looks awesome! I actually worked up a chart for a Nintendo controller (as well as a PS2 controller, but it didn't look as cool as the Nintendo one) that I needed to use for a birthday present. The original idea for it came from an arm band that I made, which was an end product of the wrist band pattern from the book that I tweaked. So, its kind of related to this thread. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of ANY of my recent work and projects online, otherwise I would gladly post pictures. It came out really cute!

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, triathlons must have taken Him completely by surprise."
P.Z. Pearce, M.D.
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2004 02:01:47 PM »

giving this a go...

i made a tiny version of the marsupial tote for my 2 year old.

« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2004 02:04:41 PM »

wow!  i did it!

i was concentrating so hard on getting the picture to post that i forgot to mention that the colors are kind of a navy and sky blue and that the bag is not crooked the way it looks in this picture.

also, that squirrel hat rocks the house!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2004 04:37:04 PM »

tns, I love that!! Can we chat sometime about how you modified it?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2004 05:33:36 PM »

yeah, it was easy!  i just decided to do a little experimentation.  

i'd made one regular size one following the pattern pretty closely, so i knew how it should work.  i cast on 16 stitches just like the original but onto 16" circulars in size 10.5 instead of the ones called for in the pattern.  from there, i just went from memory (since i'd been using a copy from the library that was turned in already) and repeated the same process.

i think i even used two strands held together for this little version.  yeah, i did.

btw, i wanted to let you know that it was the pictures you posted on this board that inspired me to move beyond the rectangular objects!  i started knitting in late december and was convinced i had to put in at least a year of scarf and washcloth knitting before i was allowed to try anything else, lol.  so, thanks!  you've done some great work, mama!
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2004 06:50:46 PM »

Hi TNS & all:

Meema here. I'm the one who designed the Felted Marsupial Tote.

I LOVE the teeny version! It's outrageously cute... It's so much fun to see the bag making its way into the world & being adapted size- and color-wise.

It makes me want to make another felted tote right now!

knit on,
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2004 09:02:34 PM »

I'm a pattern twister in general. I don't think I've ever made a pattern exactly as written. Sometimes I read a pattern and put it away forever before I even cast on!

That said, SnB has given me more inspiration than all other books combined. It's awesome. I haven't stopped using it since I got it in December.

The patterns most popular with my friends:
cell cozy
zeeby's bag
dog sweater

I've made a few matched sets and given them as gifts. Think neon colored cell cozy, hothead & zeeby's bag or hothead and wristwarmers.

My chihuahua is so grateful for the sweater (SoCal is too cold for her).

An example of changes I've made:
cell cozy without velcro and button
added I-cord wristlet strap and ties on the flap that wrap around like a seventies sweater

another example:
kitty hat without earflaps (so it rolls up a bit) and peaked like a condom (whatever you call that little reservoir/well in the tip) for my uncle who collects really juvenile novelty hats

There's probably more but I don't have the book in front of me. Can't wait for the next one.

Edit: changed Sept to Dec. Doy.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2004 09:08:29 PM by punkn » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2004 06:12:49 AM »

Punkn, you sound exactly like me. I love collecting patterns just to get the basic jist of what my stitches should be doing, but I can't remember a single time I've followed a pattern stitch for stitch, row for row (I've even tried free form knitting to make sweaters and accessories). And, I agree with you completely about the SnB's inspiration -- most other knitting books include patterns that I just say "eh" about.

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, triathlons must have taken Him completely by surprise."
P.Z. Pearce, M.D.
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2004 06:57:27 AM »

I'm currently working on an illusion scarf that was inspired by the Alien Illusion. It's a lot of trial and error, but hopefully it will turn out to be something nifty. Smiley

(hi marissa!)

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