you guys, i made my first toy!

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FO: i wonder if it remembers me <– ravelry project page

pattern: tadpole by katie boyette from petit purls (free!)

yarn: lambs pride worsted in yellow (leftover from jayne’s hat)

needles: US size 4 (3.5mm) dpns, a little smaller than suggested because i like a tighter gauge, especially when i wanted to shove as much stuffing as possible in the toy, so the stitches wouldn’t warp.

notions: stuffing, grey felt, a little leftover black yarn, matching thread for both, a sewing needle

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(this is my favorite photo!)

i love this! it was a quick and easy knit, BUT! it was not a quick and easy FO. while the yardage is low, and the knitting time is fairly low, too, it required quite a bit of finishing fiddling, and tweaking and trying things once, twice, three times in order to get them right. so while i understand the fun of it, and this project never stressed me out, i also don’t know that this is the beginning of an obsession…

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i made sure to really shove as much stuffing as possible in when the time came, so that this would be a nice firm plush toy. since the stuffing was put in before the knitting was finished, blocking wasn’t really an option, but a spritz or two from my iron on steam mode still helped tidy things up, visually.

throughout it’s creation it looked like a pear/a yellow potato:

lil yellow submarine!

a kitty:

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and then a submarine!

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this was a knit for a friend who’s a fan of life aquatic with steve zissou. you may recall, i made him a hat along similar lines, with which he made a pretty awesome video which featured it heavily? i’m super chuffed with how it turned out, though, and quite pleased that we got to do the FO shoot on the ocean!

in other news, i’ve been changing things around a bit here on the ole bloggity-blog. i may yet fiddle with the color scheme and make up a header, but what do you think? i also tried to add some of what i consider to be the more useful things to the sidebar on the right, but is there anything i’m over looking? is there anything you would like to see on this blog to increase it’s usability?

have a great long weekend! (if you’re in the US or happen to have a long weekend. otherwise have a great regular sized weekend!)

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