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)

penguin1

                                                                (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)

 

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!:-)

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CJ, the knitted poodle…

Remember a few posts ago, I was working on a knitted version of my chocolate standard poodle, CJ (aka Cowboy Junior)?   Well. he’s doooooone!   And I’ve named it CJ III.   Below are photos of the two CJs – will the REAL CJ please stand up for a treat! 

Btw, the yarn used is Lionbrand Homespun Earth, which amazingly is very close to the color and feel of the real CJ’s hair.

cj

cjiii

The knitted poodle pattern is from Vintage Purls.  Once you’ve linked to Vintage Purls, scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see the poodle pattern.  The pattern is from 1951, and it calls for double strands of wool throughout the project.  But that was 1951; they didn’t have all the variety of yarns we do today, so I use a single strand of  bulky Lionbrand Homspun Earth which is very soft and fluffy to the touch.  Of course, if you want a little poodle, use a single strand of worsted weight or sports yarn.  I didn’t follow the pattern completely; I used buttons for the eyes, and wound the yarn 3 times to make the looped fabric.  Have fun knitting your own poodle 🙂

Happy Holidays!

Here in The States, this week is a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and all other similar holidays celebrated throughout the world.  Happy holidays to you all!

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And now, here is one of my favorite christmas songs by John Lennon:

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A merry merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so happyChristmas (War is Over, if you want it)repeat with verse
For weak and for strong
The rich and the poor ones
The road is so long
So happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A merry merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas (War is over, if you want it) repeat with verse
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A merry merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Merry Christmas
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A merry merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so happyChristmas (War is Over, if you want it)repeat with verse
For weak and for strong
The rich and the poor ones
The road is so long
So happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A merry merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas (War is over, if you want it) repeat with verse
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A merry merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Merry Christmas

 This is what I wish for in 2009 and onward: peace_one_day_logo

 

I don’t have any new knitting news at the moment…should have the chocolate poodle done very shortly, so come back in a day or two to check CJ III out!

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And more…finger puppets!:)

Finger Puppies!

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Okay…you’re probably getting tired of my obsession with finger puppets, but I MUST tell you about the finger puppet pattern I found at Knituition.  The sample for the finger puppy at Knitutition are the 2 pups on the right…the dark chocolate on the left is my standard poodle CJ (aka Cowboy Junior).  The white one (2nd from the left) WAS supposed to be a cat, but it’s looks like a polar bear instead…I guess it’s a polar cat.

And now, I’m leaving…

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Fingerprint Portrait commission

contemplating_sm‘contemplating’ by Marti Hand. I did this sculpture in early 2008 working from a live model.

A few posts ago, I knitted finger puppets of the presidental candidates, Obama and McCain.  During the creative process of knitting the finger puppets, the idea of painting fingerprint portraits of Obama and McCain evolved.  Scroll down a few posts and see the puppets and fingerprint portraits. 

From that ‘aha’ moment, a few people have commissioned fingerprint portraits as gifts.  The portraits are unique in that they are a visual and written story of that person’s life, whether she/he is 100 years old, 12 years old, 44 years old or newborn. 

Check back soon for a look at a commissioned fingerprint portrait – I’m sure it will be verrrrrry interesting!  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll take pictures of the portrait in progress…

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…still working on the 2008 presidental candidate portraits

 I’m still working on the 2008 presidental candidates portraits which were inspired by knitting the Obama and McCain finger puppets 1 1/2 weeks ago.  In-the-mean time, here’s a quote I painted and collaged on canvas. Btw, the shiny parts you see is just the gloss varnish.  Again, check back in a couple days for the portraits…they are beccoming verrrry interesting.