F.O: A Monstrous Witch

My blanket and I are still struggling through the finishing stages. I’m being indecisive, but I’m moderately confident that I will, eventually, finish it.

Elsewhere in the land of finished objects, I’ve ushered in Autumn with my needles in the shape of a little witch. The body is Angus the Attic Monster, the hat and treat bag are hand stitched without a pattern, and the dress and shoes are from the Little Cotton Rabbits girl pattern.

DSC_0163The dress has little fair isle cats on it, with duplicate stitch yellow eyes. I’m pretty proud of her. She was a heck of a lot of fun to knit, and she represents all of my favorite parts of fall. She’s kooky, cute, and a touch of spooky. But because when the rain comes all I want to do is knit, I have a second finished object to share as well!

DSC_0141Another squishy Wisp! This one is made from Debbie Bliss Party Angel, which has a truly lovely amount of sparkle to it. I used about a skein and a half, or around 300 yards, and a row of little metal buttons along one edge. I love this pattern, and I love this yarn.

Hopefully I’ll have some more finished objects to share soon! How’s your fall knitting coming along?

 

 

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F.O: Little Cotton Rabbit

My second Little Cotton Rabbit has flown off my needles and into my finished projects basket!

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Her name is Agatha Rabbit, and she loves tea cups, good books, and solving murder mysteries. But really, who doesn’t? I used Tosh DK for her body in Hickory, and Tosh Light in Laurel for her dress. I really don’t know what it is about this pattern, but I find these bunnies to be enchanting. They have such personality! The dresses have been a lot of fun to work, as well, which is evidenced by the fact that Agatha now has a wardrobe of two.

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The third is on the way. I’m justifying my obsession by telling myself that these adorable little dresses are a crash course in color work. I can’t wait to finish some more to show off!

F.O: A new Obsession Takes Root

I have a confession.

For years now, YEARS, I have been flat out coveting the beautiful, entrancingly cute work of Julie Williams over at Little Cotton Rabbits. You can see some of her amazing creations here. I wanted them. Bad. I love toy knitting for reasons that I can’t really explain. Many conversations have been had about how we become the kinds of crafters that we are (sock knitters, sweater knitters, blanket makers, etc.) but I think it’s just down to what we find most soothing. Underneath the frustration, swearing, and fiddling that comes with sewing up little creations, I truly do find them relaxing to knit. I know that I already have more stuffed knit toys floating around my house than any grown woman can possibly explain. I know that I really don’t have anywhere to store another bag of fiber fill. But I love toy knitting, and I really felt the pull of Julie’s adorable bunnies.

Then, to the jubulation and celebration of toy knitters everywhere, she released her pattern.

And then she went and published a pattern set for 14 perfect little dresses.

I tried to resist the pull, but it just wasn’t in me. Instead I told myself, “oh, knit one and get it out of your system! You’ll get over the obsession quickly enough.” This sounded in my head like solid logic. In the space of about 24 hours, this little darling emerged:

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Meet Coral the Rabbit. She charms the pants off me. Yes, she’s a little wonky. Her ears are crooked, her mouth is uneven, and we had a serious miscalculation of gauge. My worsted weight yarn was too thick, and my fingering was too thin. As a result she has a massive head, monster arms, and her dress is a little shorter than a respectable young bunny lady probably ought to wear. But still. Those are polka dots on that dress, and I do colorwork so rarely that they’re a miracle in and of themselves. The shoes are darling as all get out, and, though you can’t see it, she has a perfect fluffy bunny tail. She’s going to be a babyshower gift, which I knew when I downloaded the pattern.

I also might have known that I was lying to myself when I said I would knit one and get it out of my system. You may be able to tell that because I surreptitiously snuck out to the yarn store almost as soon as I had cast on and purchased a lovely, plushy skein of suspiciously bunny colored yarn. You may also be able to tell by the notes that I made as I went along, about minor details I would change “in the future”. The biggest giveaway is probably this, though:

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Meet Agatha the Rabbit. She as a head, two arms, a body, and most of a shoe. I’m already planning her wardrobe. I start my new job in two weeks, so I have about that much time to get this pattern out of my system.

Do you ever get obsessed with patterns, or is it just me?

Adventures in Monster Knitting

I’ve knit more than a dozen monsters, but they still don’t always go quite right. Their expressions, the stuffing, limb position, it can all be subtly tricky. Some times they come out right, sometimes they come out wrong. And what’s more, what I think is right for my monsters might be totally wrong for someone else’s. So sometimes, things like this happen:

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Attack of the lumpy monsters!! This is a result of going too quickly while stuffing. I was in a rush and didn’t bother to place it correctly, or break it up into small tufts before putting it in. Once I saw the result, I couldn’t help but laugh. After taking everything out, breaking it down, and starting again, the result improved.

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This is what Rebecca Danger’s Gort the Gym Bag Monster is supposed to look like! It only took a try or two to get him right. I’m super proud of him, though! This is another one of the monsters from her Big Book of Monsters that I hadn’t tried yet, but I’m glad I did! He’s simple and sweet, and I love the stripes.

Does anyone else struggle to get the details right on toy knits?

FO, Kind of

My camera arrived today! I’m seriously and irrevocably bonded with my sparkly new Nikon D3100. I’ll be adjusting to the world beyond point and shoots as a ween myself into manual mode over the next month. I finished up another monster pattern this week, and I broke out my new camera to get some photos!

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This photo shoot was quickly interrupted, though, by a nosy model who couldn’t stand to be ignored.

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The Pattern is Daphne and Delilah by Rebecca Danger. This is my second time around with this one. It’s too cute to resist, and pretty simple, too. This is my favorite introduction pattern when people are asking which one they should start with. Their mouths, I will admit, are a little wonky. I don’t have the magic touch when it comes to hot glue, so I need to try again.  I’ll take a second round with the pictures, too, when  Josie isn’t trying to crash the shoot.

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FO: Mystery Project

The identity of my mystery project can finally be revealed!

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Isn’t he sweet? My goal for June is to build up my sister’s monster collection a little. She is an elementary school teacher, and the monsters live on her bookshelves so that they can be checked out by students as reading buddies. When we were cleaning out her classroom after the last day of school, though, I noticed her collection was looking a little paltry! We’re beefing it up with a new stock of monster buddies. This is Cecil the Computer Monster from Rebecca Danger’s Big Book of Monsters. This is my first time with this pattern, and it came together pretty quickly. I did a purl ridge mouth instead of a pick up stitch mouth, because this yarn splits like crazy and picking up with it is a nightmare. I love how toy patterns come together right in front of you. An arm, an ear, a smile, and the next thing you know you’ve got a smiling little creation!

What do you think about toy knitting? Do you find it rewarding, or too finicky to bother?