Posts Tagged ‘toy’

30
Aug

FO: Boat Mobile

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, gift, sewing

Did anybody guess that the mysterious WIP I posted hints to on Monday was a boat mobile? It was a pretty tough one. In fact, making this thing, I was a little stumped myself.

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Jon’s brother just had another baby and I promised I wouldn’t make a big, time consuming gift. That lasted about five minutes.  I guess cruising Etsy got the idea of making a mobile stuck in my brain. Jon’s brother is obsessed with fishing so he loves nautical themes. (I’ll take a moment here to admit to the selfishness of giving a handmade gift. While putting lots of time and love into the things that I make for others is very very important to me, nothing beats that rush that you get when the giftee unwraps what you’ve made and likes it!)

I originally wanted the little fishes to be caught on the string by their mouths like some tiny people were fishing them out of their tiny boats but I think that’s a little morbid.

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I picked up a pack of fat quarters in different blues at Purl Soho. I did a really rough template for the boats and just started cutting fabric and figuring things out. I ended up sewing all of the sails to the boats by hand. The more I worked on these boats (and by that I mean laying on the floor in front of my sewing machine wondering aloud, “How do I put these together!?”), the more I realized that I am nowhere near as good at sewing as I am at knitting. Sewing is terrifying and unwieldy and I am clumsy and backwards.

That being said, I think the whole thing turned out well and I’m especially pleased with the little anchor.

Putting this all together was a lot of fun. I like to think of myself as a crafty girl but I’m rarely gluing and repurposing things in the projects that I make on the regular. I hot glued cotton masonry twine to the inside of an old embroidery hoop. I like how the twine looks like mini ropes. I threw together some macrame to hang the hoop. I must admit that I never learned macrame when I was in camp. It’s so fun! I’ve been missing out. I decided to use figure 8 knots (and a dab of hot glue, naturally) to attach all of the pieces.

All in all, I’m happy with this guy. I definitely need more practice sewing.

Do you think garments are easier to sew than toys? What am I doing wrong?

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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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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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05
Jan

FO: Paul the Turtle

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, knits

I certainly have been baking a lot recently, haven’t I? This is a reminder to myself that this blog is called KNIT York City not Bake-lyn (super cute name though!) so I can’t just be telling everybody about my kitchen adventures. I promise I’ll figure out how to balance my blog out.

So let’s talk knitting for a moment. You remember that frog I was working on. Well, he’s done (pictures soon, I promise). And I finished a slew of other animals in the meantime. And I did it all in one weekend. Not too shabby. Not to toot my own horn but beep beep. Anyway, I’m going to show you one of his buddies.

This pattern is Tavistock Tortoise and it was designed by Amanda Berry. She sells her patterns on Ravelry or Etsy. I think all of her critters are adorable and I’ve bought a few of her patterns. They’re so cute! Just as with the frog, I knit everything in the round because I hate sewing up the seams. And why put yourself through the trouble when you have to?

I think this is my new way of photographing my works in progress. I like them all laid out like this so I can see all of the parts and you can see how they look before they’re an animal. It’s inspired by Things Organized Neatly which inspires me to clean out my purse every time I look at it.

I knit the version of Berry’s tortoise pattern with the long-style legs but I added about 5 rows to the back legs and 3 to the front to make them extra long. I think they’re really adorable. And he reminds me of this scene from Finding Nemo.

He’s knit with some of that tried and true LB Collection Angora Merino in Avocado on size 4 needles. I also used some LB Collection Superwash Merino in Mahogany on the shell. That gave it a different texture that I really like. I think it will be cool for the baby to feel smooth and fluffy next to eachother. It makes me think of those books I read when I was a kid that had a bunny and its tail was made of a piece of cotton that was pasted into the book. And the basketball was made of leather. You know?

I’m really happy with how this little guy came out. I can’t wait for you to see the rest of them. Now, I’ve made so many stuffed animals! I think it’s time to take a break and make some gloves.

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29
Dec

WIP: Froggie!

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, knits

I spent the weekend working up this frog for a baby shower present. I’m using an Oliver Boliver pattern and mine is certainly interesting! He’s made of Lion Brand’s LB Collection Angora Merino which, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, is my favorite yarn for baby toys right now. It’s so soft and fluffy. The color is Avocado which is such a yummy name for a yarn color.

I adjusted the pattern and knit each piece in the round on size 7 double pointed needles. I like the way it looks because my seams always look crappy. Overall, I like how he’s turning out. I’ve only made toys using patterns by Ysolda which I really enjoy because you don’t have to sew any of the arms or legs, etc onto each other. This was a leap of faith but I really like how it’s going.

He just needs eyes and a little smile and it’ll be time for another blog update!

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