Saturday, May 24, 2008
I hope to offer the patterns in pdf format, which will mean a lot of time spent in the Publisher program first to get all the photographs and the pattern directions just right. You will be able to download them instantly!
For now, I only have two pages that work! And I don't have any patterns posted yet, just a few photos and descriptions of my new toys. The site will continue to change as I try to fix everything, so please don't be too critical yet!
If you'd care to see it, it's The Pattern Box.
I'll keep you updated! Thank you all so much for your interest and support and encouragement!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Also, because they are felted and stuffed, they wouldn't really be washing-machine washable. Probably surface washable only. Let's face it, once you've shaped and dried your felted wool, I don' t think you'll be anxious to see it melt away and shrink more if you throw it in the washer again! YIKES!!
Now, I'm working on my pop-up puppet! I have been fascinated by these toys for some time. A few months ago, I spotted one at Target, of all places! I had to buy it, of course! I have taken it and dissected it to see just how it all fits together. It's filled with a paper cone ... which I will not need, as felted knitting is so nice and thick on its own. I have so many ideas for puppets! ... puppets for fall, puppets for winter and Christmas, puppets for spring! WOW! I can't wait to finish knitting this first one to see if it works. Ideally, I'd like to knit most of it in one piece. You will have to pick up stitches on the inside to make the pop-up part, but I'd like to knit it all, then felt it, instead of knitting the pieces separately and sewing them together after felting separately. We'll see. Experiments are always scary! And surprising!
I have been toying with the idea (pun intended!) of getting a "real" website and making all my felted toy patterns available on pdf downloads for a small fee. I wonder if there'd really be any interest??
And, yes! I am writing up my felted teapot pattern. That would be a part of this, too.
Animals so far:
Family of four hedgehogs (different sizes), lamb, blue jay, scarlet king snake, squirrel, rabbit, lion, pig, elephant, scottie dog, two kinds of fish, two sizes of chicks, duck, goose and the giraffe.
I'm also working on designing a cardinal, a horse/pony and a cat.
The panoramic egg, along with the snow globe and the gingerbread people could be there with the teapot, too. Also thought of felting dolls ... they could be fairy-like and have mushrooms, logs, etc. they could fit inside. This would be a lot of fun. I think I will experiment with both jointed dolls and also those that have more of a pedestal base so they could stand on their own.
Well, I better get going!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Life can be difficult. Let’s face it, no matter how sunny the summer day might be outside, your day might actually be dark, dreary and depressing. To ward off such gloom, meet the Take-Along Sun. Reminiscent of my stuffed Humpty Dumpty of long, long ago (circa 1965), I hope this little guy will brighten up whatever kind of day you may be having.
He’s knit almost completely in the round, starting with his legs. Although his nose and the rays are attached separately, overall the pattern requires minimal seaming.
Take this portable sun along and catch some cheerful rays whenever you need them!
copyright 2008 Anita M. Wheeless
Finished size is approximately 13.5 inches tall, from top of ray to bottom of feet or approximately 9.5 inches tall, sitting. Approximately 23 inches in diameter, from ray point to ray point.
[MC] Plymouth Encore DK [75% acrylic, 25% wool; 150 yards per 50g skein]; color: Bright Yellow; 2 skeinsFace Embroidery: Plymouth Encore DK [75% acrylic, 25% wool; 150 yards per 50g skein]; color: Black; 1 skein
2 sets US #3/3.25mm double-point needles
1 set US #3/3.25mm straight needles
Notions required: Stitch markers (the kind that look like little baby pins), polyester fiberfill stuffing, yarn needle, and straight pins with large heads.
28 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
The sun is knitted completely in the round, with the exception of his nose and his rays, which are knitted separately, stuffed, and then sewn onto his body. When an increase is indicated, please knit into the front and back of the stitch.
Starting with the legs (make 2, see instructions for slight variation on second leg)
Finish stuffing body and legs. Using your hands, work the body into a ball shape, adding more stuffing as desired. When your sun looks pleasantly plump and rounded, you’re ready to sew up the gap between his legs. Thread a length of yarn in your yarn needle and using a gathering stitch, weave the needle in and out of the stitches, working fairly close together, all the way around the opening. Pull tightly, making his legs move very close together. Repeat the gathering stitch, if needed, to make certain the gap is securely closed and that his legs are right next to each other. Pull tightly and knot off, weaving in the loose end.
Cast on 9 stitches onto one size US 3 (3.25 mm) DPN. Divide by knitting three stitches onto each of three of the needles. Place a stitch marker and join. Knit for 6 rounds. Thread a yarn needle and run a gathering stitch through the stitches. Pull tightly and knot off. Weave in loose end. Set aside.
Sunrays (make 10)
Using size US 3 (3.25 mm) straight needles, cast on 18 stitches.
First row: Knit
Second row: Purl
Third row and all following odd rows: k2tog, knit to last two, SSK
Fourth row and all following even rows: Purl
Knit the last two remaining stitches together, then thread a yarn needle and run through last stitch. Tie off.
To make up sunrays
For each sunray, take two ray pieces and, placing wrong sides together, stuff lightly and overstitch edges together. Pin rays along the side and top of the sun, then stitch securely in place. Remove pins.
With sun facing you, with feet forward. Find the small mark in the middle of his face where an increase was made. This marks the spot where you will attach his nose. Sew nose securely in place.Using the black yarn, thread the yarn needle and using a satin stitch, embroider the eyes. Using a chain stitch, embroider the smiling mouth.
To find this pattern translated into French, please visit le monde de christhalainette where Christhalinette has the entire pattern for you.
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Monday, May 5, 2008
Some people don't like the color, but I think it's lovely!
Many years ago, I purchased several antique rose bushes. I was very much fascinated by fragrant flowers (and edible flowers, but that's another post), reading every book I could find on the subject. I decided I wanted to plant my own roses so that I could make fragrant potpourri. That year I planted lots of herbs, too ... patchouli, lemon balm, sweet woodruff, etc.
Anyhow, the roses were not own-root roses. They were grafted onto "sturdier" rootstock. The first year, most of them did quite well ... but my Tour de Malakoff ... the most fragrant of the bunch, only had one rose and then the bush bloomed with another rose! It was very hardy and bloomed and bloomed, but it wasn't the Tour de Malakoff.
For the past several years, my roses have been sadly neglected. I simply don't have time to garden as I once did. It's quite an untamed mess right now ... and new little rose bushes are everywhere, blooming from the roots that have spread out all over the area. They are covered with flowers, so I'm not sure how to proceed with them! BUT, in the midst of all of this, guess what?
The Tour de Malakoff is blooming!!! Many flowers, too!!! Ah, the fragrance is wonderful! What a strange thing! After all these years!