20
Nov

Skein of Thought and Threadpanda Guest Post!

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, KYC Presents, toys

Hello lovely readers! I have some cool news to share with you. Today I’m releasing a new video! It’s is part of a new series that I am working on along side the KYC Presents videos. These are called A Skein of Thought and they are shorter cuts from footage that did not make it into the original interviews. It’s like bonus material. It’s very groovy. The first one involves Anna Hrachovec from Mochimochi Land and stop motion animations and gifs.

“But where is the video? I can’t wait to see it!” you say. Well, I told you I had cool news. The video will make it’s debut on the Threadpanda blog. Amy has invited me to do a guest post and I thought it might be fun to release the video over there.

So. Get your butt over to Amy’s blog but don’t just check out my post. Amy has been blogging up a storm this month and I could not be more in awe of her dedication. There is a lot of yarny goodness going on there so stick around for all of that!

Now, all of this being said, I don’t think I’ll have time for another post before Thanksgiving. Jon and I are doing a lot of the cooking for Thanksgiving so there is much to be done! I hope you all have a lovely holiday and fantastic food and great people to share it with. I won’t begin to list here all of the things that I’m thankful for but I will say this: I’m thankful that there is over a month until Christmas. There are a lot of gifts to craft! See you on the flip side!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Have you subscribed to KYC Presents on Youtube? Are you making holiday crafts? How awesome is Threadpanda?

Updated: I was a little premature posting this here. The post is now up on Amy’s blog!

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09
Nov

KYC Presents: Mochimochi Land

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, KYC Presents, new york city, photos, toys

Happy Friday everybody! First things first, I want to let you all know that Knit York City is now on Youtube. I think it’s a little more accessible which means that I would love for you all to like the videos, leave comments, and subscribe to my channel!

It’s been a little while since I got to meet with the lovely Anna Hrachovec. When I started looking for designers to include in this series, I was delighted to find out that Anna and I live and work in the same city! I’ve been a big fan of her adorable toys for a while and I think they are just so unique! I love her photographs and her gifs always crack me up!

I hope you enjoy the third interview in the series! Without further ado, here’s Anna!

Big thank you to Anna for letting us into her workspace and pulling out all of her toys! (There was a lot of squee-ing, you can imagine.) Also, these videos could never happen without the support of my girl Ashley and my man Jon! Thank you both!

If you love Anna’s designs, you should check out the photo contest that’s happening over at her blog right now! The deadline for entries is December 3rd!

I’d love to hear what you think! Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

ps. I’ve been writing a lot about the Subway Knits Sandy raffle but I wanted to mention that all profits from the hand dyed Fable Fibers Etsy this month will go toward Sandy relief. The yarn is beautiful! You should definitely check out the shop!

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21
Aug

Mochimochi Weekend!

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, knits, KYC Presents, new york city, toys

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting with Anna from the amazingly adorable Mochimochi Land! I am so excited to announce that she’ll be featured in the third KYC Presents video!

Anna was nice enough to pull out all of the toys she’s designed and let us pet her kitties and she even showed us how she puts together those adorable stop motion gifs that I’m so mesmerized by! (Seriously I watched the gnome hopping on mushrooms for about fifteen minutes.) I’ve been following Anna’s work for a long time and I just can’t get enough of the cute!

I am so ready to start cutting this interview! I’m also holding back from casting on some teeny tiny hamburgers for a certain somebody so that I can focus on editing! (Who am I kidding, it’s time to knit some Mochimochi!)

Have you knit any Mochimochi? Which gif is your favorite?

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20
Apr

All Work and No Play makes Amigurumi

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, toys

It appears I cannot get away from Amigurumi. But for my final college assignment, my teacher said we could do ANYTHING we wanted.

For the past semester, I’ve been taking a class about the Horror Genre. We’ve watched the old greats like Frankenstein and I Walked with a Zombie and some new classics like Dawn of the Dead. It’s a really fun class, the teacher is incredibly knowledgable and is genuinely passionate about the gruesome nightmares and laughable special effects.

And so he said our final (and only) project is to emulate the genre in any way we’d like. Of course, there are an infinite number of interpretations from poster design to comic books to photographs and short films. I, of course, wanted to do a knitting project. I love themes. I love creating ideas based around them. I had about a million ideas from a soft and cuddly severed hand to a noose scarf to a zombie-killing shotgun cozy (I’m so dark sometimes, I love it).
I love Kubrick. I love The Shining. It’s probably the most terrifying film I’ve ever seen and I watch it every time it snows. It’s also incredibly brilliant from a cinematic standpoint and I would be pretentious enough to tell you about but I won’t get into it today. I remembered my favorite of Scott C’s Great Showdowns. I think his illustrations are so clever. I just love how each character is smiling.

So here you have it. I’m having a bit of a “second sock syndrome” with her twin. And I’m really avoiding the hair because I’m not sure how it’ll work. But overall, I’m pleased with how she’s going. I’ve never really designed anything more complicated than a scarf so I’m pretty proud that this resembles a doll of some sort.

I’m using size 4 double pointed needles. I’m trying to bust some stash with this. I’m using some baby blue Zarina from Jon’s sweater, Vanilla LB Collection Angora Merino, and Tan LB Collection Baby Alpaca. The gauges are definitely less than perfect but I’m quite sure I’ll get an A on my project.

Knitting is incredibly tedious. I mean, I love every minute of it. But building string into a toy or a sweater or something as immense as an afghan takes time and patience even if those hours are spent wasting away in front of Law and Order: SVU. Those repetitive motions of putting the needle through, wrapping the yarn and moving the stitch to the next needle are hypnotizing. Making the tiny stitches makes me think of Jack’s frantic typing.

I can’t wait to share the finished dolls! (Poor bald thing!)

“What’s your favorite scary movie?”

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28
Jan

FO Friday: Bunny

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, knits, toys

So I knew I said I’d give the toys a rest but, well, I guess I can’t resist. You must be wondering what happened with the afghan! And I’ll tell you, it’s turning out beautifully. There will definitely be an update on it soon. But look at this little critter! What a cutie!

He is Amanda Berry‘s Carnaby Rabbit pattern. He’s knit in Lion Brand’s LB Collection Baby Alpaca in Fawn Heather. What a great name for this color! I’m still sticking by the fact that the LB Collection yarns are the best and most affordable yarns for knit toys.

Here are some WIP pictures:

As you can see, I also knit this guy in the round. I just think it’s a big time-saver when working on toys. Sewing up seams doesn’t make sense to me when you can do it all at once.

I also didn’t use the little felt pads on the feet that the pattern calls for. They’re so adorable but I didn’t have anything suitable. I’m a pretty low-maintenance knitter when it comes to things like that. I think his feet turned out fine, though!

This was another quick knit and I think he has the most adorable face ever.

Follow Amanda Berry’s blog here.

Buy her patterns here. So many cute critters!

And I think this picture is cute. Sorry, hun!

Also, I gave the blog a little bit of an overhaul yesterday. I’m so excited to put a lot of energy into it and it seems to be paying off. I hope you are all enjoying it! Let me know what you want to see more of. I hate to feel like I’m posting just to hear the sound of my own keyboard typing, so to speak.

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