Friday, December 16, 2011

Twofer

I'm going to have a boatload of projects to share next week, too!

Willoughby


Pattern: Willoughby by Jared Flood
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Luster
Needles: US 7
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This scarf was an absolute dream to knit. I don't remember ever tiring of the pattern. Tosh Merino Light is equally, if not more dreamy! I could live in it! I bought two skeins based on the pattern's yardage, which calls for worsted or dk weight, I think. I only used a skein and a tiny bit of the second. That leaves me enough to make my own Different Lines (I've already bought Fragrant to do so!). :D I'll actually wear mine, unlike some boy I know...(though he did wish he'd put it on yesterday when the wind was absolutely frigid).

I just know my Grandma is going to go nuts over this scarf. I'm not sure how warm it is going to be. Maybe I'll give it a test-drive before I give it to her.... :)

Totoro


Pattern: Chu Totoro Toy by brella
Yarn: Mirasol Akapana and Lion Brand LB Collection Baby Alpaca
Needles: US 7
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This I whipped up in a day for my brother. Remember I made him a little Chibi Totoro for his birthday? I thought he'd like a real one too (plus the movie!). Let me reiterate how much I despise intarsia: I despise intarsia. I was tempted to rip the whole toy apart and duplicate stitch the belly. I'm glad I didn't, but it still looks sloppy. :P

The eyes were tricky too. I have such a hard time with the French knot! I got it to work finally, though. This whole toy is quite sloppy, really. Look at his poor, misshapen tail. :( Oh well. Spike has a crooked tail too. It gives him character. :)

I really, really like the Akapana. I got this little bit at a yarn-tasting at our shop (used every bit of it too). I've rearranged that yarn numerous times in the shop and never thought twice about it, but it's wonderful! I highly recommend it.

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10 comments:

  1. Such a sweet creature! And the scarf is gorgeous!

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  2. I adore your Totoro! His crooked tail totally gives him character, and I also share your frustration with French knots---I just gave a little crocheted snowman bead-eyes last night to avoid them, in fact.

    And oh wow, the scarf is gorrrrgeous. The lightness of it is so magical. And you definitely need to test drive it! It's, uh, important to assess the warmth before giving! ;)

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  3. Absolutely beautiful scarf! I love the color... I'm really into greys recently!

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  4. I love the scarf, which I now know was inevitable because I love jared flood! I am about to do the stripe study shawl by veera, can't wait! i love all of her stripey scarf/shawls :) & totoro is adorable too!

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  5. The scarf is beautiful. It looks so soft and delicate and warm all at the same time.

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  6. I love that scarf, especially in the color you chose! And the Totoro is adorable, I really did fall in love with toy/small-project knitting, it's so rewarding in a way you desperately need after spending weeks on a sweater or shawl!

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  7. Beautiful scarf and what a cute Totoro!!

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  8. I knit that same Totoro pattern a few years ago for a gift. I also hate intarsia with the fire of a thousand suns, but it turned out okay. You have to really, really like someone, though :-)

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  9. that willoughby is gorgeous! i bet your grandma will love it!

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