Friday, January 29, 2010

Zombie Octie's New Home

This is his new home. Forever murdering Christ. I knew it would be like this.

Monday, January 25, 2010

On the Needles and in the Works

Contrary to the popular belief that when someone graduates but doesn't have a full-time job they becomes a total bum, I have been doing many things of late. Mostly... knitting.

First on the block, and about 25% done is my pretty dog sweater. I'm calling it my Lady Victoria Sweater because it's made for an English Bulldog, and obviously a lady one at that. Therefore: fancy lady name. According to the owner she hasn't been able to find a suitable sweater for the pub because she happens to be 29" around... which is actually one inch larger than my boyfriend's waist, so yeah, she's a big gal ^_^.

I've designed the pattern myself, so I really hope it fits the little lady. Here's Apollo, my roommate's cat, checking it out. I think he approved, but then he tried to destroy it, so maybe not.

Here he is again, gazing at it lovingly... or hungrily. Not quite certain.

Here's my other project, in the works: Toad Hat. It's for my friend who likens herself to a toad. It still needs eyes yet, and I'm also thinking about ear flaps that look like frog legs, but I have yet to design those. Model: Apollo McLain, grudgingly.

And the next project up on the block is going to be an argyle sweater vest for Boone. I have been assured by fellow knitters that the boyfriend curse does not work for vests. It's the sleeves that really get you, after all. I bought all this beautiful "Country" and "Spa" yarn at Michael's and it feels so nice. If Boone doesn't wear this thing, I certainly will. I'm thinking about doing the Mangyle pattern off Knitty, but I'm not sure.

So pretty.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Gift Giraffe Hat

I made this hat for a child of a woman I only know through Ravelry. She's swapping me this hat for some beautiful Japanese silk (I think I got the better end of the deal, lol - but she doesn't want it, so whatevs). I made the pattern up as I went, but if anyone would like it, I could write it up. It was really quick and easy. I used pipe cleaners to keep the nubs and ears up and some left over Cotton Ease of a friends :P.

Friday, January 1, 2010

PRESENTS! (and happy new year...)

This year I didn't knit too many gifts because I knew they'd take longer, wouldn't be appreciated, and/or be more work than just grabbing something at the store. These two gifts were special because they weren't Christmas gifts, they were wedding gifts for two good friends of mine. For the woman I made fingerless gloves with convertible mitten-flap that her now-hubby assured me she wanted. He had to persuade her not to buy some on her own through this bitter winter, so she was very thankful she has something for her poor cold hands now ^_^.

The pattern is a modified version of “Hooray for Me” gloves. Longer, mock cabled cuff, and I added the convertible flap to change it into mittens.

I'm calling them my “Dainty Rogue Gloves” as an illusion to one of my favorite George Meridith quotes, “She’s a dainty rogue in porcelain,” from his novel “The Egoist.” It means she’s a rebel posing as an upright lady, and that’s totally the girl I made these for ^_^. These gloves are lovely and pretty, but slightly deceiving. When worn as a mitten, the cable runs up the middle almost like the wearer is flipping the bird :D

And then for the hubby I made a Zombie Octopus! BEHOLD:

I modified the Common Octopus by Hansi Singh (which I've made numerous times before) into my own creepy, murderous, undead version.

I'm calling him the Zombie Octie. Not quite an octo-pus anymore due to a number of his limbs being half eaten off, also there seems to be some kind of brain matter or guts coming out of his head. He holds in his nubs his lunch, also known as a human brain.

What does he want?! BRAINS!
When does he want it?! BRAAAAAAAINS!

Zombie Octie then decided yarn-brains were not sufficient and decided to attack me... That makes me a zombie now too, I guess... Damnit.