Friday, 28 December 2007

FO- Pasha the Penguin

I had meant to blog with abandon over the holidays (from my parent's house in Sudbury, Ontario), but I forgot the cable that allows me to get the pictures from my camera onto my parents computer. So no blogging from my end, although Jen has been doing a bang up job. So, rather than do a giant post that tries to cover everything, I'll do a few small ones over the next few days. First up: this cutie pie, Pasha.
Pattern: Pasha, from Knitty

Needles: 4 mm straights

Yarn: generic craft yarn that I keep specifically for toy knitting

Mods: When sewing up the beak, I tucked a lot of it in (meaning I sewed the seam about four rows in), so that it was pointier. If I had sewn just the seams, it would have been a thicker, rounder beak, and I'm not sure if I would have liked it as much. Also, there is the option of having a tubby penguin or a fairly svelte penguin, and I opted for svelte. Which is still pretty portly, for a penguin. Check out that profile: My stepdad specifically requested a knitted stuffy for Christmas, so he got Pasha. He has since requested two smaller penguins, and a polar bear. Presumably so that we can continue the Christmas-themed photo shoots outside in the front lawn, with the light up candy canes. Who knows, we could make a knitted version of those Christmas Coke commericals with the penguins and the polar bears.

Can I just say how much fun it is to knit stuffies? I love how quick and satisfying they are, and I find that muggles (non-knitters) are always so much more enthusiastic than they ever get over a scarf. I think it's the element of surprise- everyone expects knitters to churn out scarves.


Vanessa said...

ohmygoodness! Pasha is so adorable!!!! I've never made any toys! My dog would probably rip them to shreds... :( but I love it!! and I love the tummy - I think it makes it extra cute!

Martha said...

Hi and thanks for your comment on the Korkn cuties! I can't take credit for them though they are all Glenna's work. And somehow found their way into the candy bowl, sneaky little things. Happy holidays.

Glenna C said...

Niiiiice. I've never done a 'stuffie' before (unless you count cat toys) but more and more often it does cross my mind. And excellent potential application of yarn that might not otherwise get used!

Adriana said...

Pasha is adorable!!
It's funny how much non-knitters love stuffed animals. I made Sheldon for my uncle and he's had to fend off my 90 year old grandmother who keeps trying to steal it for herself. It's pretty thrilling, as I'm sure you agree.

Kamicha said...

Lovely toy (just don't make it for the child of a Linux Geek =))! Happy New Year, Team Knit!

marthawatt said...

Julie, thank god for search engine optimization: google "julie and jenn's knit blog" and you are the first hit. (some kid named Julia Cameron knows how to knit, too) :D
Anyhow: my friend Lisa made a Dobby hat for her boy...and I'm trying to get her to become 'one with the wool' (so I can vicariously know wtf you guys are up to)

Gina said...

That is so friggin cute! Happy New Year!

Maryse said...

Cute, cute, cute! Happy New Year!

Hilary said...

He's soooo cute! I love the googly eyes.