I used this stackable cat pattern to make a test knit for another project that I have planned. I want to knit a (nearly) seamless cube, with invisible picked up stitches. I didn’t quite -ahem understatement- succeed, as you can see…so I’ll probably knit one more.

P.S. my subscribe plugin hasn’t been sending out emails lately, so you may have missed a couple of blogs!

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Another owl! And my last one :).

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Made the wings freestanding again and added crinkly plastic as well.

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I thought I would be an experienced owl maker by now, but getting the center strip and the back in was a challenge. Somehow I had too much center strip left over at the back, but not in the front. Stretchy minky fleece made it even harder, but the walking foot makes it easier, still hard, but definitely easier.

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Oops…beginner’s mistake :)

This was a ‘tiny’ challenge between Lisa and I to see if I could knit this unicorn faster than the 3hrs it took her. I thought it would easily be doable in less than 2hrs, but it took me almost 2.5hrs :-/. The body took me ‘only’ 50mins, but the detailing…little ridiculous for a 1.5″ thing!

I knit this unicorn on size 1 (2.25mm) wooden needles. Or I guess you could call them toothpicks, because that’s what it felt like; so thin.

Anyone who wants to take this bet and knit #3? ;)

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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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