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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.


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!)


                                                     (cj III, aka cowboy junior III)


                                                                     (Mr. Frosty)


                                                                  (finger puppies)


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


                                                                (baby penguin)


                                                      (Polyphemus – the cyclops)


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



                                                          (the scheming kittens)


Another knitted toy – baby penguin


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 🙂


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.



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 🙂

Mr. Frosty pattern

Mr. Frosty

Experience level: Beginnermr-frosty

Finished measuremnt: approximately 11 inches high, including hat


  • 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!

It’s snowing…on wordpress!

I love the snow flurries available on this blog!  After the snowflakes melted from my eyes, I was quite surprised to find Mr. Frosty inside the house in front of a Christmas tree!  From his expression, he’s also very surprised!


I found the Mr. Frosty knitting pattern a long time ago on the internet, and now is no longer available.  Since I really like this knitted toy, I will type it out for you, so check back in a few days to a week for the pattern… yes, it may be that long before I can put it on my blog…life tends to get in the way sometimes!

Fingerprint Portrait done!:)

In the previous post, I wrote about knitting fingerpuppets of the presidental candidates, Obama and McCain, and how the creative process led me to paint ‘fingerprint portraits’ of both people.  These fingerprint portraits are now in a gallery, and have received several commissioned fingerprint portraits.

Here’s an example of one.  The first image is the canvas with just the background painted – no ‘fingerprinting.’  The second (click on thumbnail for larger image) is the finished painting.  





The portrait was commissioned by a Mom as a gift for her 13 year old daughter – it’s this young girl’s life story, so far… her favorite colors are lime green and turquoise, which I used for the background.  I love how the background came out – it’s cheerful, happy, sunny and textural. Email me if you want to commission or want more info on ‘Fingerprint Portraits’ at marti@martihand.com.

I found the cutest knitting site for knitted toys a few weeks ago at Mochimochiland, and knitted the 3 varieties of grass below – fescue, zoysia, and bermuda.  It’s fall here in Atlanta, and grass is growing strong!