December 26, 2010

December 26, 2010

In my last post, I briefly mentioned that one of the featured projects was knit from leftover yarn from a doll. Almost immediately upon writing that, I realized that the doll, though completed waaaaay back in August, deserved its own post.

Watching the Olympics this past February really helped pull me through my final semester at college. We had no TV in our house, so I spent an inordinate amount of time at the Blue Door Pub in Saint Paul, MN, watching whatever random Olympic scraps I could catch and munching on tater tots and Blucys. I even went by myself and sat at the bar on Valentine’s Day, which was probably one of the more socially daring things I’ve done on my own.

But by far the best part was on February 17th, after flying into Chicago with Lauren and Erin for our JET interviews, after almost missing our flight in such a variety of ways that we would have made an excellent sitcom episode, after getting slightly lost on the way to the hotel, we arrived in our room and turned on the TV just in time to catch Shaun White winning gold in the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe event.

Epic. Win.

Literally.

And lo, a slight obsession was born and I needed to express it in knitting. Behold, ladies and gentlemen, Shaun White, the knit doll:

I had originally intended to make him a little snowboarding outfit but:

1) There was an incident involving his hair and my cat, the day after I spent several hours sewing, cutting, and swearing the orange yarn into place. This lead to the project being mothballed for several months until I felt ready to face it and by then snowboarding season was most definitely over.

2) I forgot the KISS principle and that I was making a coat for a doll, and the coat died a fiery demise after the fourth sleeve iteration.

3) I found a cute toy skateboard with a Boston terrier on it, like the one owned by the founders of Ravelry, and took it as fate. Besides, after the coat incident, I wasn’t too confident of my snowboard-making skills.

The base pattern I used is Ysolda Teague’s Poppy (Rav link), though I stole the feet from Sally, the Eco Fairy pattern (Rav link) so that I could make him shoes. The hair was made curly by knitting up a garter swatch that I then washed and dried before unraveling – it came out a little too kinked, so I wet it again and gave a few tugs to create looser curls. I really recommend the Poppy pattern for it’s hair directions: up until that pattern, all attempts at doll hair on my part had been in vain. And when Ysolda says to stuff the neck firmly  – DO IT! I might have to perform surgery soon with a pipe cleaner…

Project Page – Shaun White (Rav link)


Stash Busting Update

December 16, 2010

Well, it’s been exactly a month since I last purchased yarn (a selection of lovelies from both The Yarnery and Borealis Yarns in Saint Paul). It was a bit harder than I thought it would be, since it seemed that as soon as I posted my resolution, I started receiving notices from my favorite yarn-purchasing venues about their Christmas sales. However, I resisted temptation and knit solely from stash this past month.

So, a quick line-up – starting things off is a potholder, double-knit for extra thickness, that I knit for the in-house Gryffindor swap. The swap was character based and I had to put together a package representing Parvati Patil, which was kind of fun and challenging. You can see the reverse image of the potholder on my project page (Ravelry). The yarn for this came from two former projects – the gray yarn from my Fylingdales cardigan (Ravelry) and the purple from a Foliage hat (Ravelry) that I knit for a friend. I’ve also used that gray yarn on a pair of knee-high socks (Ravelry) and my first amigurumi (Ravelry) – I can’t seem to be rid of it.

Next, a pair of quick baby booties, to go into the pile for when friends start having babies.

Cute, no? The yarn for these came from my Trinity vest (Ravelry), which is from the same book as Fylingdales. This yarn also seems impossible to get rid of, but it’s useful for when I need scraps of brown for wee stuffed pumpkins and the like.

I did a lot of scrappy things in November it seems. Here’s a cat-toy dreidel (Ravelry) that I made for a friend’s cat in time for Hanukkah.  The yarn is from a doll I finished over the summer (I should do a post just on that doll).

Isn’t Boomer looking adorable?

Next up is a commission project for one of my aunts. Black yarn = hard to photograph well.

This is this yarn’s first outing, but there were enough scraps that I’ll probably be able to get a blanket square or two out of them.

The scraps of yarn for this next project came from the Christmas ornaments I made last year, along with a pair of fair isle mittens (Ravelry). It’s a good thing they weren scraps, because I’m afraid that I treated them very poorly indeed.

Yes, that is our Thanksgiving turkey.

Almost finishing up here, I have another commission project (Ravelry), so the yarn was new (purchased by someone else!). There’s enough left over for a sock blanket square or three.

The last I’ve decided to save for another post, because 1) The recipient might be reading this and 2) It ties in better as a story with a knitting adventure I had at the end of the summer. Hopefully I’ll have something up about that soon, but if not, see January 16th!