baby penguin pattern

Here’s the baby penguin pattern I promised…click penguin pattern to download the pdf.  It is from a 1984 needlecraft library set I bought in a thrift store last year.  The pattern includes the baby penguin you see below, and 2 adult penguin patterns.  Some of the materials you will need, besides yarn, are sequins, felt, polyfill and glue.

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Have fun knitting your own baby penguin 🙂  Until next time, beam me up, Scottie!

Toys R Me :-)

I was reviewing a few of my posts and was surprised to find more knitted toys than useful items, like hats, scarves,  mittens, socks, sweaters, coats, rugs, afghans, potholders.  You know, those items you use again and again, and serve a function – like keeping you warm, helping in the kitchen, wiping your shoes to avoid tracking outside debris in, decorating your office or home.  But nooooooo, I knit things like poodles and penguins and kittens, and cyclops-oh my!.  Every now and again, a knitted hat with mother-of-pearl buttons appears, but the number of items in the useful category is rare.  <Sigh>  Oh well, at least I chuckle every time I see the kitten with the bugged out yellow eyes, or when I see CJ III, the knitted poodle, staring at me. So, here’s  a round-up of TOYS R ME since I started this Artsy Knitter blog :

climbing-kitten   (I’m watching you!)

               cjiii

                                                     (cj III, aka cowboy junior III)

mr-frosty

                                                                     (Mr. Frosty)

finger-puppies

                                                                  (finger puppies)

grass

          (the Grass Family: bermuda, zoysia, and fescue – yes, in this order)

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                                                                (baby penguin)

polyphemus

                                                      (Polyphemus – the cyclops)

2008-presidential-candidates

                          (2008 U.S. presidental candidates: McCain and Obama)

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 kittens2

                                                          (the scheming kittens)

 

Another knitted toy – baby penguin

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Just the other day, I was taking a walk and came upon a pile of granite along the side of  the walk.  I was minding my own business, when a slight rustling caught the corner of my right eye.  So, I turned to see what or who was trying to catch my attention.  And peering out from the shelter of the rocks was this little baby penguin…she couldn’t have been more than a few weeks old.  I wondered where the parental units were as adult penguins are known to be doting parents.  

Here’s a few interesting facts about penguins.  All penguins, male and female, share the incubation duties, with the exception of the Emperor Penguin.  All penguins are countershaded for camouflage, i.e., they have a white underside and a dark upper side.  A predator looking up from below (such as an orca, leopard seal or shark) has difficulty distinguishing between a white penguin belly and the reflective water surace.  The dark, usually black, plumage on their backs camouflages them from above.

Penguins either waddle on their feet or slide on their bellies across the snow, a movement called “tobogganing”, which conserves energy while moving quickly. They also jump with both feet together if they want to move more quickly or cross steep or rocky terrain. 

When mothers lose a chick, they sometimes attempt to “steal” another mother’s chick, usually unsuccessfully as other females in the vicinity assist the defending mother in keeping her chick. In some species, such as Emperor Penguins, young penguins assemble in large groups called crèches.

The baby penguin pattern is from an old 1981 book, which I will post in a few days. 

I’m going now, and hope the quote below brings a chuckle out of you 🙂

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A beanie for all seasons :-)

I found the Cecily Beanie pattern on the internet and knitted my version of it – see below.  The pattern is very basic, easy and quick ,and serves as a blank canvas to alot of your creative inspirations and ideas.  Sew on mother-of-pearl buttons in random style, silk flowers, embroidery, colorful buttons, rhinestones, lace, and many, many other types of embellishments.  Knit and embellish it to fit your style and personality!

The type of yarn used to knit your beanie can signify fall-winter, spring and summer.  Use wool blends for fall/winter, cotton blends or microspun fibers for spring and summer.  A beanie for spring AND summer is on my knitting projects list, which is already tooooo long – oh well!

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(Model: Rachel Bechtal)

Click here for the Cecily Beanie pattern.  Let me know if the link no longer works, and I’ll email it to you.   Happy knitting!:-)

rhinestones star-pearl-buttonsmother-of-pearl-buttons

Mr. Frosty pattern

Mr. Frosty

Experience level: Beginnermr-frosty

Finished measuremnt: approximately 11 inches high, including hat

Materials:

  • worsted weight yarn of the following colors – white, scarlet, grey, and small amount of black for the eyes.  Of course, you can use any colors you want…I used buttons for the eyes and mouth instead of yarn.
  • Size 8 (5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stuffing
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 17 stitches = 4 inches/10cm in St st.  The gauge is not ultra important here…remember this is a stuffed toy.

Body: Begin at bottom with white & CO 20 sts

  • Row 1 (RS): [K1, inc] in each st across = 40 sts
  • Row 2 and all rem WS rows: Purl
  • Row 3: Rep Row 1 = 80 sts
  • Row 5-36: Work even in St st (have total of 41 rows at this point)
  • Row 37: *K2, k2tog, rep from * across = 60 sts
  • Row 39: *K1, k2tog, rep from * across = 40 sts
  • Row 41-62: Work even in St st.
  • Row 63: *K2, k2tog, rep from * across = 30 sts
  • Row 65: K1, k2tog, rep from * across = 20 sts
  • Row 66: Purl

Cut yarn leaving a 15 inch end.  Using tapestry needle, thread yarn through rem sts, pull tight, then sew back seam.

Stuff body, gather bottom sts and pull tight; fasten off securely.  Shape body. 

With black yarn, embroider eyes OR sew buttons for eyes.

Hat: With red, CO 44 sts

  • Row 1 – 10: Work in k2, p2 ribbing
  • Row 11 – 32: Beg with a knit row, work even in St st.
  • Row 33 (RS): *K2, k2tog, rep from * across = 33 sts
  • Row 34: Purl
  • Row 35: *K1, k2tog, repr from * across = 22 sts
  • Row 36: Purl

Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch end.  Using tapestry needle, thread yarn through rem sts, pull tight, then sew back seam.

Make a small pompom and fasten to top of hat – optional

Scarf: with grey (or any color), CO 13 sts.

  • Row 1: K1, *1, k1, rep from * across

Rep Row 1 for seed st until scarf meas 21 inches long.  BO all sts

Ta -dah — Mr. Frosty!

getting started…finally!

 I just got back into some serious knitting close to 2 months ago after many years of not touching anything knitting related.  And the reason for re-discovering knitting?  Two months ago (August), I put on a major solo exhibit at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, which was both exciting, fun and totally exhausting.  The months leading up to the exhibit were spent on creating new work for the solo show.  I spent many, many, MANY hours painting late into the night or waking up in the wee hours (say 2:30 & 3:30am) to paint.  I looked many times at my fingers to see if there was any blood dripping from my fingertips – nope.  That’s why I was completely exhausted in mid-August. 

So, where does the knitting come in?  Since August, I haven’t touched paints, brushes, canvases, BUT I have been knitting.  Knitting has replaced painting, at least for the time being, until I resume painting again.  There’s some similarities with knitting and painting – I still get to work with color (yarn – paints), tools (needles – brushes), output (knitted object – painting on canvas), techniques (stitch patterns – painting techniques).  What I like about knitting is the existence of patterns, it’s functionality and practicality. I don’t design any knitwear patterns, I just pick a pattern I like, the color yarn and away I click.  Painting, for me, is a much longer creative process – reading, looking at images, thinking, and allowing ‘things’ to percolate in my brain – this can take from a few weeks to few  years, and that’s without even painting anything!

My first knitting project were these adorable kittens. The design for the knitted kittens is not mine, the kittens are.  The pattern can be found at this potty mouth’s link.