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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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Giraffe-a-Palooza

26 Dec

Melman the Giraffe

So for Christmas, as you all know, I did a hell of a lot of knitting. Well, I made three stuffed giraffes for the children in my family. Unfortunately I only got a photo of one of them- I forgot to take one of the last two. The one featured was the first I made. The others are more mismatched. I made one giraffe with a yellow body that had pink spots, and it’s arms were pink with yellow spots. The third giraffe I made had a body that was pink with yellow spots, arms that were green with black spots, and a black nose and green ears.

The blue/pink one was gifted to my cousin Airiana who is only 2 1/2. The yellow one to my baby cousin Megan who is only 10 months old. And the third to my brother’s girlfriend’s daughter Piper. They were well received, and all of the adults were very impressed- insisting I ought to knit things to sell. At the moment I haven’t any interest in that though.

The pattern, once again, comes from Ravelry. It was an amazingly simple pattern. I used size 10 needles and acrylic yarn (because I didn’t have the money for something nicer and softer.)

The pattern is called Melman the Giraffe. Many people have knitted it in yellow and brown- as the pattern states- but I couldn’t resist making brightly colored, adorable giraffes.

It is a quick and easy knit. Size 6 double pointed needles have been my best friends this holiday season. Not only is it a quick and easy knit, it looks great. Everyone will be incredibly impressed with this little guy. He looks so much like a giraffe and is the perfect, squeezable size for the kidlets.

The only  modification I made was putting polka dots on the giraffe. It’s a simple edit. Where ever you want a spot knit two in contrasting color, the next two rows knit four in the contrasting color (so that you have one on either side of the first two), and then the fourth row knit two in contrasting color. It makes something akin to a hexagon. That’s all!

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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Knitting A Shawl Lengthwise…

28 Oct

So I’m working on making myself a shawl with ladders in it- styled after the various Clap style patterns on Ravelry. I wanted it striped- but wanted it to strip lengthwise, so I’m knitting it on round needles. I cast on 300 stitches after doing a test block to see the gauge of the yarn and my needles. By my estimations the shawl should end up being around 6 feet long so that it wraps really nicely.

I’ve never done a scarf or shawl lengthwise before. DLDzioba has always claimed it’s an awful experience, but I’m actually finding it preferable. I feel like I can actually see the progress quicker as opposed to having to knit like 300 rows.

I’m using Encore Colorspun Worsted color 7733 and Stylecraft Life DK in Granite Marl. They look great together and I’m ridiculously thrilled with how well it is turning out so far. I’m just hoping there is enough of the pink- since it has 100+ yards less in than the granite color.

I’m hoping to finish this by November 5th to wear it to the Renaissance Festival. We’ll see how that goes. After I’m finished I’ll post a pattern!