The Trolling Lobster

This was one of those spontaneous projects that occurs due to events or circumstances far beyond your control. And subsequently, a necessity to troll a work colleague.

And that is all that will be said regarding the reason behind why I knitted this cutie:

He’s a combination of the fantastic free pattern LaPrawnda the Shrimp by Ashley Dorian Medwig and Crab by Sarah Keen from the book ‘100 Little Knitted Projects’.

You want a full body shot?

And another close up of that adorable little face?

This was far too much fun to photograph…rest assured, no knitted lobsters where harmed in the making of this blog post, though he is now regularly being ‘cooked’ in Felix’s toy kitchen! She has a red one that she brings out after putting this guy in the ‘oven’ that she declares ready to eat…

That’s all really this week, have a lot on my plate right now (and a few things on the needles) with it being this close to Christmas and the end of the year…

See you all next week!

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 86 (1 more down!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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Nautilus

First of all, if this post looks weird/different then it’s all due to a huge WordPress update that has changed everything!!!! 

Hopefully I can post without too much difficulty…*

Anyhow! A few weeks ago I got the chance to dye some yarn with my wooly playdate pal (it’s great, she has a daughter a year older than Felix so they get a playdate and I get one too! The boys…talk about computers…?)

After a very fun day I was left with 5 10g lots of Blue Leicester wool which I had dyed all kinds of colours, so what to do with them?

Knit of course!

Isn’t he a cutie? It’s a free Knitty pattern, Nautie by Beth Skwarecki and a fun one to make at that, I particularly like how you pick up stitches as you go to twist it into that distinct shell shape…

I used every bit of one of my five lots of wool, and a tiny bit of a second for the head and tentacles. Need to have a think of what to do for the other pretties…for now, I’m pleased with what I have achieved!

Think if I drop enough hints Engel might get me the dyes for Christmas? Or perhaps I shouldn’t start another hobby?

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 85 (1 down!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 576

* Famous last words, it’s taken me four attempts and about fourty minutes to type and post this!

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Alas, poor Yorick…

I knit you well…

At least, I think so! I was given a commission from work for a life sized skull. Couldn’t find any patterns for one, even ones to buy, so I made this guy up using photos of human skulls.

I think it’s worked out well. What do you think, Yorick?

If I was to make him again, there’s a few minor changes I would do, and I’ve noted as such on my scrawled pattern notes.

Still nothing to say, Yorick?

His mouth has been sealed I think…

Short post today, it’s been a very long week and I have a lot to be getting on with, December is always a busy month!

Till next post!

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 84 (no change)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 577

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Goblin King

Back in June, some of you may remember that I knitted a number of hobgoblin hats. (It spanned three posts, so three links.) Not too long afterwards Rabbie came to visit – a great weekend even if nothing went to plan – and brought her hubby, Missy and a very good friend of there’s, now known as The Goblin King.

This is due entirely to him running around, wearing Engels hobgoblin hat (based on the Wychwoods Hobgoblin ‘King Goblin’ beer) to humour a then four year old despite it being 30C…

Anyway, he’s gone down in Felix’s childhood history as ‘The Goblin King’ and frequently brings him up as such in conversation.

So, it had to be done. Drumroll please!

A King Goblin hobgoblin hat, just for the Goblin King! (Once again used the free pattern Oblio’s Cap by Emily Anna Bingham)

The hat has been photographed with Engels hat and a bottle of the relevant beer so you can see what it’s based on. And a keg of straight up Hobgoblin.

Engel likes his dark beers.

Though he humoured me by getting a bottle of the IPA Hobgoblin so I could get a photograph of each hat with the relevant beer! They make a good set, don’t they?

The plan is to post the hat up to the Goblin King for Christmas, with no explanation given as to why he’s recieved it. Just for the giggles.

That is, if I can get Crumble to give it back…

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 84 (1 used!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12 (5 tiny balls have been added that I was allowed to hand dye!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 577

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Cerber-issy take 2!

As mentioned on my last post, Felix wanted a Cerberus that looks like her favourite fur-cousin Missy!

Here’s the cutie in question:

I will never tire of posting photos of that dog, she is so cite! Anyway, the first  attempt of the Cerber-issy came out fantastic, but much too large.

So heres my second attempt:

I heavily modified the pattern Husky Dog by Kath Dalmeny from her book ‘World of Knitted Toys’ and I must say, I’m really pleased! Not as detailed as the first, but still cute and it’s the right size!

Hooray!

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 83 (2 used!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 573

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Cerber-issy – take 1!

So, Felix wanted me to knit her a Cerberus to look after her haunted house, easy enough, except it had to also look like her favourite fur cousin, Missy.

Despite her markings, she isn’t a Rottweiler. She is a bundle of adorableness though!

So with that as a my goal, I knit…

Cute, no? Based on the ‘Labrador’ pattern from ‘Best in Show’ by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. I was planning on knitting the next two heads but…

Poor Missy was now in the cone of shame. What to do?

Put a cone of shame in the knitted one of course! At this point I realised this Cerber-issy was going to be way too big for the haunted house, so this little cutie will be going up to Scotland to join the real Missy whilst I continue with Cerber-issy Take 2!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (no change…)
Wool bought – 27 (Up 1, but it was a shade of green I ran out of previously!)
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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Last, but certainly not least…

Uncle Matt, the wizard! Felix requested this specific doll the moment I agreed to make them for her haunted house. And it had to be her uncle, not just any old wizard!

I’m quite pleased with his beard…once again I’ve altered the free Fairy Doll pattern by Stephanie Law.

Also, far Halloween I made a pair of Itty Bitty Pumpkins (a free pattern) by Sparrow Kelley.

So cute!

I have just one more thing to make for the haunted house and that’ll be all the knitting done for it! I’ll be back to my regular eclectic mix of knits!

Till then!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (no change…)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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And along came two more…

A werewolf!

(Based on the 1941 Wolfman, played by Lon Chaney)

And next, a mummy!

(I wish I could say I had based it on the classic 1932 movie, but I didn’t, this one I just winged!)

As with the previous doll’s, I’ve made them based on the free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law. There’s just one left to make, who I’ll have ready to reveal for next week!

Oh, and Rabbie, to were close enough in your guess for me to call it a hat trick!

Just a short post today as it’s Halloween weekend and there’s a lot of fun things to be doing! Yesterday was Halloween on the Green, followed by some friends coming round, and today it’s Halloweekend in Manchester, there’s a whole range of spooky activities to be getting on with!

Now to pick a costume…

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (1 down!)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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Here come the newly weds!

We have Frankenstein’s Monster, and Bride of Frankenstein (or should that be the bride of Frankenstein’s monster?)

A close up of the groom.

And a close up of the bride. (Both made once again using the fantastic free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law as a base, with some fun mods and embellishments!)

The fact they look like newlyweds is purely accidental, I was using the Boris Karloff 1931 Frankenstein as inspiration for Frankensteins Monster, followed by the Elsa Lanchester 1935 Bride of Frankenstein for, well, the Bride of Frankenstein. Very pleased though with the results! So cute!

Also, there’s something that you can’t quite beat with the classic black and white movies! For those curious, I am calling Frankenstein’s Monster Adam, as he refers to himself in the original Mary Shelleys novel (he says ‘I ought to be thy Adam’ to his creator, Victor Frankenstein) , and for the fun of it, I’m calling his lucky lady Eve. Seems fitting. (She was never credited with a name)

Oh, and Rabbie, you were right once again! Can you do a hat trick and guess who’s next on the needles?

Till next week!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 80 (Unchanged)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575 (Hopefully it’ll go down next week!)

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And lodger number two is…

A vampire! (I used the free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law again so he would be the same size as Meg, the witch)

Anc Rabbie, you guessed right!

In true Felix fashion, she decided to push her request that little bit more in that this vampire had to have the same super awesome vampire costume that her aunty Rabbie made her…hence the bright green!

There should have been a spiderweb design on the green but Felix decided he didn’t need it – not sure if that’s because she liked it plain or because she wanted him sooner to play with…

That said, she then demanded he have a little pet too, as Meg had Mog, so the vampire has…

A teeny tiny bat! Less than an inch high! (I modified the free pattern Bat Knitting Pattern by Linda Dawkins)

So cute!

Any guesses on who the next monster is to join the haunted house?

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 80 (1 since last post!)
Wool bought – 26 (2 since last post – Ran out of white wool and I use that a lot!)
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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