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!

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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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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 Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

turkey-finger-puppet

Can you tell I’m really into finger puppets?!  I found this neat pattern at Team Knit, so check them out.  There’s some beautiful neckwarmer patterns on the blog as well.  Also, there’s pictures of some awesome manufactured  knitted and crocheted bathing suits that will inspire and wish away the pounds.

dishing up fingerless mittens

fingerless-mitts

I’ve been busy dishing up fingerless mittens in this wonderfully simple and pleasing pattern of cables.  Here’s the link for this lovely pattern

As I posted a few weeks ago, I looooove fingerless mittens – so easy, fast, useful, practical and fun!  I am planning to start a victorian pair of fingerless mittens with beading, as an experiment and to challenge myself.

 

And now I leave you with this quote from Rumi…

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Have you figured out your “particular work?”

Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1272) is the Sulfi mystic and poet best known for his poems expressing the ecstatsies and mysteries of love in all its forms-erotic, platonic, divine.

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.