WIP Wednesday: Knit Bunny

So, lately I have been knitting stuffed toys from Knit Animals Friends by Annie’s, and I’m doing finishing work on a bunny and am working on a dog as a follow up.  The photo at the top is where I left off with the bunny.  He’s taking shape!

I decided to knit toys because I came across the pamphlet of patterns that I had purchased a while ago.  And, I had poly fill, but apparently not enough for Mr. Incomplete Bunny up there.

It’s been fun to knit these toys.  Each animal starts off with a basic shape and basic sweater.  All of them have similar finishing, but embellishments, ears, noses, and muzzles make them different animals.  It’s a neat ideas and very smart.

I’ve had to keep an especially hard eye on Sputnik when working on the stuffed toy because he thinks all stuffed animals are his to destroy.  Silly doggo.

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern, you can get it for Kindle.  Click on the affiliate link below if you are interested.

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Guilty

Has it really been over a month since I last posted?  That’s bad, and I’m guilty of being a bad blogger.  To be honest, I needed a break.  I was burned out on writing and even a little bit with knitting.

I’m a little more re-energized now.  I concentrated on a different things, like crocheting my aunt a trio of dishcloths and drawing a lot, and am ready to dive back into knitting a little more.

My Snowflake Sweater is short a sleeve, but I will finish it.  The weather has turned warm here, and my chances of wearing it soon are slim.  I’ll probably finish it is the summer, but to be honest, that sweater was a part of my burn out.

So, as a change of pace, I’m actually working on stuffed toys.  I elaborate on them in another post soon.

I hope get back to posting regularly now.  Would you please forgive my lack of writing?  I’m back in the saddle.  Actually, writing this short post is a weight off my shoulders.  I’m relieved.

Let’s Connect on Spoonflower!

I have been having fun designing fabric around some of my original colored pencil drawings over on Spoonflower.  Have an account over there?  Let’s connect!My designs aren’t for sale right now, but as soon as the samples I am getting are proofed, they should be.  Still, I’d love to see what you are doing on Spoonflower, too.

Ah, the proofs.  That’s the one catch I’m not a big fan about on Spoonflower.  You have to buy at least a fat quarter size piece of fabric with your print on it to review before you can sell it.  I can see what they do that;  they want good, quality work that works well as a fabric on their site.  Still, that about $10.00 per square…..hmmm.

On the other hand, their editing and social media tools seem great!  I’ve enjoyed playing with their tools to see how I can get my designs to look their best.  They’ve even integrated with PicMonkey which I use anyway, to make your stuff even look more spiffy.

I’m using drawing that I’ve done, like the funky tulip up there.  If you want to see more of my drawings, head on over to my Facebook page where I feature them.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would!

Otherwise, let me know if you’re over on Spoonflower.  Leave your shop link in the comments so others can take a look, too.

Bad Dog

It finally happened.  Sputnik, my almost nine month old puppy, got into my one knitting storage chest and got at a skein of Lopi Einband yarn that I needed to use on my Faroese shawl that I work from time to time.  Bad dog.

I can understand why Sputnik went after it:  it’s wool!  It smells like an animal.

Luckily, and surprisingly, he left the actual project alone.  I’m thankful for that.

It’s one of those crazy situations that you have laugh, really.  Still, I’m not amused.  I think the skein is salvageable.  I still have it and put it in a sealing freezer storage bag, and away from the dog.  I’ll have to take a look at it when he’s not looking.

The skein before Sputnik.
In memorium.

Knitting Over Lunch at Work

The government entity I work for is having a “Knitting Over Lunch” group once a week.  A lady from another department runs and teaches it.  I’ve gone twice now.

It’s awesome to see different people from different departments and how diverse our knitting group is, and not just in skill level.  Beginners are certainly welcome to the group, as well as the most season pros.  Rhonda, who runs the group,  patiently works with those who are learning.  A few others, myself included, volunteer to help beginners, too.

I helped a lady named Aiesha who had started knitting a while ago, but stopped.  Same for her daughter.  She explained that she takes the train to work and would like to knit on her commute.  Aiesha had brought her previous work in to show that she had done this before, and wanted to continue with it.  I reviewed the knit stitch with her, and taught her how to purl.  Now she can go back and show her daughter, too.

It’s nice way to spend a lunch hour, and I’m meeting a few new people in the process outside my own small department.  It’s so neat to see that so many people in our local government organization knit!

Snowflake Turtleneck: Take 2

Stitch Mountain: 30 Warm Knits for Conquering the Cold by by Laura Zander is a cool book.  I got it in one of the fun bookstores in the Outer Banks, NC, USA a few years ago.  I saw the Snowflake Turtleneck pattern in there and knit it, and TOTALLY messed it up.  I think I botched the shoulder shaping.  I dissected the completed faulty sweater the other day, and that’s what I think. I never did write a post about its completion because I was too ashamed and frustrated from having a messed up sweater.

After analyzing that sweater, I decided to give it another go. I cast on with a creamy white worsted yarn that I had left over from another project, and there’s plenty of it for a nice sweater.  It took three tries to get there right gauge, but I did, so I know at least that correct!

So, here’s to giving it another go, and hopefully I can show off a completed sweater before the weather gets warm again.  I’m being cautiously optimistic that I will have a correct fitting sweater this time, too!

Art and Interacting with Kids

My friend Mary is an art teacher, and is currently working with students at the Quarryville Public Library in Quarryville, PA, USA by having them create ATC’s, which is sort for artist trading cards.  Artists and members of community are being encouraged to create ATC’s themselves, and to send the cards to the library, and, in return, you’ll get cards back for the kids.  It’s a great way to encourage and interact with kids through art!  Learn more about this great program over on my artist page on Facebook.  Don’t hesitate to participate!

I sent in five cards, and if return, I received five back.  Top image was created by Frances N., and is titled “Do What You Want After All You Choose :).  The smiley face is included in the title she wrote on the back of the card.  I love it!

Here are the other cards.  I really like them!  It’s great to see the creativity and thought process kids and other artists have with these ATC’s.

"Ducky Paddle" by Hannah Keeler
“Ducky Paddle” by Hannah Keeler

 

"Stars" by RKennedy
“Stars” by RKennedy

 

"A Not So Cool Design" by Sarah
“A Not So Cool Design” by Sarah

 

"Ow! Owwie!" by Emily Miller
“Ow! Owwie!” by Emily Miller

 

I love these, right down to the titles.  Thanks, Quarryville Public Library!

ATC’s aren’t hard to do, really.  Follow the instructions in the article to find out how to make your own.  You can also buy ATC sized paper at craft and art stores.

Get busy and start creating!  For those fiber artists out there, think outside the box.  All that scrap yarn from woven ends and tangled messes?  Cut it up and think of what you can do with that!  Add some glitter paint, and you have some pretty cool art.

Go create art!!