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Striped Snake

11 Jan

Striped Snake for Dominique

So here is another of my Christmas projects! I made a striped snake for my friend Dominique. (She writes a couple of wordpress blogs, including: Screaming At The World, and The RPG Lady.) I asked her what she wanted, and she told me that she wanted a snake. I searched through a lot of patterns on Ravelry. It took a while to find one that I really liked- and I chose it because I adored the shape of the snake’s head. I settled on Striped Snake by Sarah Ann Thompson. I thought it was a lovely pattern and I knew I could the bright, obnoxious colors my friend and I both adored.

I used acrylic yarn- because I am poor and because I actually really like knitting with it. Standard Red Heart super savers. I didn’t edit the pattern on this one at all. Which is unusual. I typically change little things here or there to suit my personal knitting preferences and styles. But this pattern was just so lovely, perfect, and written in an incredibly easy to follow way. The only advice I really have is to be sure you carry your yarn over when you witch colors to make it more seamless and avoid any “gaps”. But that’s common sense for most people who knit a lot. The only other thing I did differently was needle size. I love size 6 DPNs for stuffed animals- and that’s what I use, almost exclusively. I also made him shorter than the pattern suggested, but he looks great.

More photos after the cut!
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Cthulhu Plushy

3 Jan

Another Christmas project I can finally post is the Cthulhu plushy which I knitted for Bob. I finished this ages ago- and I was so proud of it- but didn’t want to post it to ruin the surprise.

I used a pattern for his head. I used the Nautie pattern by Beth Skwarecki. I made a small edit. Instead of knitting two parts for the head- I simply kept going, making one solid head out of a single color. That way no parts were stitched together. Other than that, I followed the pattern. It’s a lot easier than it looks, thankfully. The I-Cord was a pain because I had never done it before and it took a while to get the hang of doing it. Because you have to knit a few rows for it to actually look likea cord.

Other than the head, this wasn’t simple. I kind of… made up the rest as I went. I didn’t write down a pattern for it (sorry about that!) because I didn’t intend to want to share it at that point. For the body I simply knitted something roughly peanut shaped.The arms and legs were simple stuffed tubes that I stitched to the body.

The wings I knitted flat. I would increase and decrease the number of stitches on a row to get the zig zagged edges of wings. Getting them to stand straight up was a little difficult- but easy to fix. I knitted I-Cord long enough to attach to the edges of the wings, and then stuffed a pipe cleaner down into the cords. Then I stitched them to the wings. And then they stood out straight!

I really love how this little guy turned out! Progress photos after the cut!

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Robin Pattern (Red Robin, Tim Drake)

18 Dec

So I made a Robin for my friend Glenn for Christmas. I had him pick out his favorite costume for Robin, and he chose a red costume- the Tim Drake Robin. I couldn’t find a pattern, so I had to make up my own (again). It was kind of a pain in the ass, but I really like how it turned out. (Even if Robin has some birthing hips.) This pattern could easily be altered using different colors to make different super heroes. I plan to test this theory out over time.

I’ve uploaded the pattern to my Ravelry account as a PDF and I’ll also add it after the jump here for those of you who don’t use Ravelry. And, if you don’t, I highly suggest that you start. It’s the best free knitting site I have ever found. There are so many patterns to choose from it is ridiculous. And a large amount of them are free, too. They also have crochet patterns for those of you who prefer one needle to two needles.

It’s a quick knit because I did it in garter stitch all the way up. The part that takes longest is putting it together and stuffing it. At least, that was how it felt to me!

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Slouchy Purple Hat

8 Dec

this photo (and none really) do the hat justice

I have a 17 year old cousin who is very Boho and faux hippy. She’s a great girl, and I love her to death. I can’t wait until she gets to be a real adult so we can hang out and do real adult things together. At any rate, this knit was for her!

It’s another Christmas project. I was searching for slouchy hats for myself (I love hats) and stumbled across this pattern: Slouchy Lace Hat by Jessamyn. When I saw it, I knew that my cousin would love it and immediately started to work on it (even though I have other, more pressing gifts to finish).

I used a soft, dark purple yarn from Lion Brand Jiffy. It’s called Grape. The color is gorgeous and so is the texture of the hat.

I didn’t follow the pattern exactly. Through some error I managed to give the lace a really interesting zig-zagged type of pattern. I have no idea what I did, but I love how it turned out, error and all.

The pattern says to repeat rounds 8 & 9 twelve times for a total of 24 rows. I had somewhere around 40 rows, so I repeated it about 20 times. Also, when I switched to double pointed needles for the finishing and cast off I jumped up to size 10. I didn’t have size 8 double pointed needles available, but I can’t tell that it mad any real difference in the hat.

I definitely suggest the pattern to anyone who wants a cute, comfy hat. I’m going to add it to my list of things to make for myself after Christmas.

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