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For everyone wondering how the not so itty bitty giraffe is doing…

I ripped out the head, but knit all four legs, the tail and started on the pompoms. So he’s almost done, but not quite yet. He’s been sitting headless on the cabinet for a couple of months. This afternoon I found Spike like this:

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Spike loves the giraffe, headless or not…

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This is a good place to set myself some goals for the next year! I would like to:

  • master the Magic loop. Currently I don’t understand this method, I can’t imagine, not even the slightest, how this is a comfortable way of knitting.
  • make myself a shrug/bolero jacket
  • and a pair of socks too
  • learn double knitting
  • let’s dream on; entrelac too, but it can wait till my 3rd year :).
  • oh, and most importantly intarsia of course!
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Original pattern: Tom Turkey

Pattern: Tom Turkey
For: selfish knitting, yay! :) It’s meant as Thanksgiving decoration of course, I’m just a lil’ early!

I loved this turkey, but soon after buying the pattern I thought it could use a little more definition, especially the neck, so I changed the pattern a little bit:

First off, I wish I had used poly pellets, because he keeps tipping over.

BODY:
after rnd 13 in the pattern, I add a couple of new rounds:

Rnd 14 new: Needles 1 & 3: (k1, k2tog) 3 times, k1 (5 sts per needle)
Needles 2 & 4: (k1, k2tog) 3 times ( 4 sts per needle)

Rnd 15: knit
Rnd 16: knit
Rnd 17: knit
(The neck could do with just 2 rows of knitting so you can omit rnd 16 and 17)

Before getting his hairdo

Before getting his hairdo

Switch to ombre color
Rnd 18: knit
Rnd 19: knit

Switch to camel/creme color knit 4 rounds
Start shaping to make the head

Rnd 1: Needles 1 and 3: (k1, kfb) 2 times, k1 (7 sts per needle) Needles 2 & 4: (k1,kfb) 2 times(6 sts per needle)
Rnd 2 (like Rnd 1 from the original pattern): Needles 1 and 3: (k2, kfb) 2 times, k1 (9 sts per needle) Needles 2 & 4: (k2,kfb) 2 times(8 sts per needle)

Now go back to the pattern and start from ‘shaping the head rnd 2’. After rnd 17&18 I would decrease one more time, because the hole you have to draw together is quite big.

WADDLE: see pattern, but bind off in row 14.

HAIR: Lastly, I gave him some hair, because I thought he looked baby faced.

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I made a bit of a mistake here changing the colors/knitting the purl ridge. I couldn’t rip out the rows because of the curly character of the orange yarn, so I made the mistake twice, to balance it out ;).

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ps. I’ve been working on several sewing projects too, just haven’t finished any of them yet.

A bit of a (birthday) show off really, but that happens (online) when everybody lives so far away…

From hubby :) I told him to give me as little as possible, because I have more than enough!
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The color tool will be great for garment sewing, quilting, knitting and home decor!
The pencils are Clover Water Soluble Pencils, so far the best ones I’ve come across.

Love the Spike with ice cream magnet (=^・ェ・^=) and Pummy with the yarn :).(from BoyGirlParty)

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From bro and sis four 5″ charm packs (pack with 20-40 different pieces of fabric from a specific fabric line). I hinted them pretty well :) I will use them for patchwork pillows, like this tree pillow and this heart pillow.

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A truly surprising package from sis-in-law and mother-in-law! Love it!! :) Not in the picture a book about crochet handbags :).

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Always quick to get his paws on whatever :)

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olliI vowed to make no more presents….but but but…I have this one Crafty course with Susan B. Anderson that I really want to get off my to-do list. So I’m just knitting along, magically making presents :$. First birth, first serve ;)

For: Samuel
Pattern: Wee ones by Susan B. Anderson
Time spent: 3 days, not full-time of course
Pain: This project was “made with love”…and pain. My hands didn’t hurt during knitting -I’m crazy but not that crazy- but my hands did hurt after knitting, possibly due to a flare-up, so I’m not entirely sure I can blame the knitting… I’m trying to set an alarm now, so I strictly knit for 15mins at a time.
Wish I…: had done something about that stitch poking out of his nose, before I took all these pictures, haha!

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The blanket is rectangular, I just didn’t take a good shot

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I’m trying to shoot more MF (Manual Focus) with our Canon EOS Rebel T1i :). I think it’s funny that this camera is branded Rebel here in the US, but branded EOS in Europe. Rebel sounds younger, but EOS more professional, I guess.

An early birthday gift for myself: the 5″ harmony wood DPN set from KnitPicks. Very happy with those!

I was thinking of ordering the interchangeable circular needle set for a long time, but I’m glad I never did, because, to this date, I haven’t been able to understand and use the Magic Loop. Not sure if that will ever happen, I quite like DPN’s, but still would like to learn.

The Harmony Wood is just lovely, so wonderfully smooth, just the right amount of smooth. Needles sold at chain stores just don’t compare to these, they’re simply not smooth enough. On the other hand I find KnitPicks’ nickel plated needles too smooth. I only like those for larger projects with more stitches per needle, otherwise they keep falling off. I recently read that it’s better for people with arthritis to use wooden needles anyway, because they warm up to your hands, so wood it is!

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the original by Barbara Prime

For: the aunt who gifted me her embroidery module.
Pattern: Alpaca with bikini by Barbara Prime
Yarn:Knit Picks City Tweed DK (color: Tahitian Pearl, made out of 55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acrylic, Rayon) + stash yarn for the hoofs, underwear and dress.
Alpaca factor: Hmmm…does this really look like an alpaca? Probably a rhetorical question.

Pattern changes: This pattern is supposed to be knit on 2 needles, but I knit the body on 4 DPN. The rest is knit on 2 needles and seamed with a mattress stitch, making the seam nearly invisible. Will need to redo the seaming on this project now that I master the mattress stitch! :)

I messed up the lace knitting after 10 rows and couldn’t figure out the mistake. Reknit a couple of rows, but ended messing things up again and again. Decided to start knitting the bodice earlier on and just make it longer.

Very important note to self: First block and then do the seaming. See how things shouldn’t be done in the last picture.

Another sad note to myself: my hands don’t like knitting as much as I do myself and therefore this will be my last knitted gift, in 2013.

I used this inspiration for the hairdo :)

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I shared the picture above on the Craftsy facebook page and 369 people liked the picture and 86 people even shared the picture on their wall :).

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