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I made an octopus! Jill was working on one when we met for coffee. I’d forgotten my own knitting, so I hopped in on the tentacle production and immediately admired the sculptural cleverness of this pattern.



Look at that well designed bulbous head! Look at those wiggly little tentacles! Admittedly, there’s some pipe cleaners for a little extra wiggle assistance, but the short rows that shape the tentacles create their own bias, which is kind of brilliant!


Octopus <– Ravelry Project Page

Pattern: Octopus by Hansigurumi

Yarn: Ewetopia Pashm DK in storm sky (so soft and squishy and dreamy!)

Madelinetosh unicorn tail in hot hot hot pink (not my usual thing but such a fun accent color!)

Needles: US size 2 (1.75mm)

Others: I used some stuffing for fluffiness, and pipe cleaners for wiggliness.


I would absolutely knit this again. In fact, writing this blogpost has made me want to knit one immediately.


you guys, i made my first toy!


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

(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…


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:


and then a submarine!


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!)


blue wrap shirt-anthropologie
black tank you can’t see underneath to keep everything fairly modest– i dunno. urban outfitters several years ago?
big brown belt– forever21
best $5 pants i’ve ever owned-madewell
big brown sandal wedges-target for $8 (holla!)

now that i think about it, the only piece of this outfit that cost over $10 was the wrap shirt from anthropologie. i don’t remember what it cost, but as it was from anthropologie, i can safely assume it was over $10. it was on sale, though, because that is the only part of anthropologie i buy from. oh, and it’s possible the black tank cost more, because i legitimately have no memory of where it came from or when. it has just been in my wardrobe, hanging around as my go-to black tank for several years. uo is an educated guess.

several weeks ago jake came home and mentioned that a girl he works with was wearing some cute shoes, wedges he thinks they were called? and he said i should get a pair. after i fell off my chair in surprise, i agreed, and have been keeping my eye out for a cheap pair for my cheap self. target, as usual, had what i was looking for. at $8, i was totally cool with it.

oh, and i believe i may have mentioned something about a new toy recently?

new toy!

camera remote! whoo-hoo! i can take pictures of myself without a camera person! and my knits! and my outfits! and if i feel like ‘ugh, the camera is tooooooo heavy, i don’t want to hold it to take pictures, well then i don’t have to! i don’t see that last one happening, but i believe in full disclosure. sometimes.

oh, yeah. and i’m a brunette now.

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