Thursday, August 7, 2008

Secrets Revealed

While some of you have become privy to my secret Spring adventures, some of you have been waiting on pins and noodles since early June when I told you my May blog hiatus had been for silent and secretive purposes. Well, now those secrets can be revealed and we can all celebrate.

Knit Picks is now selling kits to make Sheldon and his "career" shells, designed by yours truly.

Now, you too can make a pirate outfit, beach bum outfit, policeman outfit, cowboy outfit, and Superman outfit for your own snappily-dressed turtle.

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into these patterns. I did this sport-weight set plus a worsted-weight set that I think will be offered later on. The original designer of the Sheldon pattern,
Ruth Homrighaus, designed a completely different set that will come out in another couple months.


Here are a few of the pictures I took before sending Sheldon and his outfits off to the gang at Knit Picks.

And here's Knit Knack trying on the cowboy outfit before it was sent.

You can buy your set
here. There's a knitalong on the Knit Picks website, and they even have a fan page on Facebook. I hope you enjoy Sheldon and get inspired to knit some costumes of your own!

(Props to my good friend Lisa who test knit the pirate and Superman costumes seen above.)


Phew. I'm glad I could finally get that off my chest.

Now I'm going to go pack, because tomorrow I'm driving to Michigan to see
BRENDA!!! If last year was any indication, it's going to be a blast. I'll be back next week with pictures and a play-by-play. Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 1, 2008

What's Up?

I started a new sock.

Pattern: Francie
Yarn: Comfort Sock, grey
Needles: US 2 dpns

It's a good thing I started it. I didn't have any socks to knit otherwise. Honest. I didn't already have six separate and stylishly stubborn single-sock-syndrome samples suffering shamefully in several stages of startitis. See?

1. Pattern: Hedera; Yarn: Panda Silk; Needles: US 1, two circulars

2. Pattern: Show Off Stranded Socks (pdf); Yarn: Socks That Rock, Red Rock Canyon; Needles: US 2 dpns

3. Pattern: Twisted Flower; Yarn: Claudia's Hand Painted, Limeade; Needles: US 2 dpns

4. Pattern: Mini Pretzel Twists; Yarn: Twisted Fiber Art, Arial; Needles: US 2 magic loop

5: Pattern: Handsome Devil; Yarn: Cascade Fixation; Needles: US 3 dpns

6: Pattern: Brigit; Yarn: Comfort Sock, red; Needles: US 2 dpns

Phew. I'd hate to be without a sock on the needles. Welcome, Francie sock.


Yeah. So, I also added buttons to my February baby sweater and made one bootie.

I feel so honored! This sweater set is for my not-yet-born niece who is due in October, and my sister-in-law has already asked if she could use this sweater as the baby's coming-home outfit! I completely love that idea and am so happy to oblige. Better get that other bootie done.

And lastly, meet Parker:

Pattern: Baby Penguin from Amigurumi World
Yarn: Cotton Rich in black and yellow, mercerized cotton in light blue, and some leftover angora in white for the belly spot.
Hook: 3.5mm

I heart you, Parker Penguin.