Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

Shame on me for not posting very much last year. I started out pretty strong then fizzled around mid Feb. It kind of bummed me out because I do love my blogs and I did have quite a bit to say last year. It just seems that I was going with what was more convenient like Instagram and tumblr. Oh well, hopefully I can keep some of it up for a little bit longer this time.
I’m starting on another major doll knit that requires loads of swatching and planning and it reminded me that I did not post about one of the large projects from last year. I was going through a silent Japanese movie kick when inspiration hit. While watching Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Chorus (東京の合唱) I spotted a onesie of sorts worn by a very young Hideo Sugawara. It was a cute little one piece tank top style shorts set with stripes around the torso. So cute that I wanted to knit one… especially after making the YoSD onesies a year earlier.
I aimed bigger this time and decided that Seiji was going to be the model for this one. After loads of planning I decided to make it short sleeved instead of straps and to have it button down the center front. Here was the results of hours of knitting


It’s knitted in one piece, in the round from the bottom up. I used Jamieson and Smith 2 ply lace weight for the main color and red Habu cashmere lace for the stripes. Who would wear such a thing other than a little boy being forced by his mother?! It was honestly a fun piece to make. I entered it into the MD Sheep and Wool festival fiber show and it won third in the dolls and bear category. It also received some really lovely comments from the judges. I was incredible happy about this.

This year I’m going back to fair isle, Scandinavian, and Icelandic designs. Seiji is my first victim. I wanted to make him a xmas sweater of sorts but things were a bit busy the later part of the year and the planning out has been a bit time consuming. I think I’ve finally narrowed down a few fair isle motifs but now I have to do the hard part and make a sweater around it. I’ll post more about that in the next couple of days.

While watching a little Spirited Away last night this little project started to happen. Again I was in one of those weird “I want to knit some thing insanely silly” moods. Grabbing some Shetland webbing and some 1mm sized needles this is what came out.

This was how far I got after watching the movie. A semi mindless knit but those teeny legs were killer.

For those not familiar with the neemo dolls this photo was taken to show the size of the scarf. I can’t decide if it’s teddy enough or a bit too rodent. The Mr thinks it’s the ears while I think it’s the eyes. Either way this is just a prototype and a simple fix. I really want to knit these in all sizes now.


Mittens #2 Shirokuma mitts in SD13 size.

The idea is totally not mine. They were inspired by a piece knitted by an artist on etsy who does human scale knits (the link to this artist will be coming soon…I have seemed to have lost it). A photo of her piece was spotted on tumblr. My slight obsession to a certain anime and manga told me they needed to be made to doll scale. They turned out cuter than I had expected. I’m not quite sure who will be wearing these but they won’t go to waste.

So I apologize for the random Japanese found on the blog. The Mr and I have been studying Japanese for a few years now. We have a wonderful instructor who has been working with us but I feel like I have hit that stage where I’m stuck and not making much progress. So this year I promised myself that I would try extra hard. So one of the things is to use the language as much as we can everyday even for the little silly things like blog post titles. I’m also in the process of translating the manga shown above with help from Yoko-san (Omg, so challenging!!!).

Dragged a few of the boys out to have them model a few sweaters for an etsy order that I hope to make this week (waiting for the photos at the moment). I was shocked to see how many sweaters I had actually knitted for Ota. For some reason I wasn’t really keep track and just kept knitting along. I was in a bit of a panic when chaos was going on until I saw the pile of sweaters I need to finish and tag… then it just got overwhelming. Sold quite a few thankfully but there are some left over from the show. Again, Daisuke in pants cracks me up and Hito in that striped sweater<3. That boy is the biggest problem when it comes to me letting those sweaters go. Pfffff… he has too many.


little pants
Again with the knitted pants…
(modeled behind the cut) More»

…from blocking and finishing (found a use for those 17mm broom sticks… I mean knitting needles), to packaging, then display. I have too much time on my hands but at least I can say it was fun. Especially while watching ハウス for the second time.

Go ahead and watch the trailer… you know you want to.

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, these guys just crack me up. I love how they photograph. The mr does an amazing job at capturing them.
Edit* Yoshi is wearing an olive t made by Mon from Dorset clothing. It goes so well with his knitted shorts and is just as soft<3

So the sweater is officially finished. I’m so happy with the end results. The Mr was so kind enough this evening to take some evening shots of Hito in his new sweater in our yard. Over sized brick wall and creepy decaying Pan statue… but what ever. Hito hasn’t had this much attention in a while and it’s totally deserving. He looks lovely<3

Staying up way to late watching shows on Netflix and knitting tiny shorts (almost finished). Sweater was finished and since it was too late to get any decent photos out of my real camera (if you can call it that) I decided to get silly ones with my cell phone. Hito looks rather moody in that last one… but if you look closely you can kind of see the little owls. My plan tomorrow is to take more detailed photos of the sweater. I may attempt this one in Yo-size for Haru. I think it would suit him nicely.


One more shot of these guys before I run off to knit. The mr took several photos very much like this one for some new “care instruction” cards I’m having made for the tines’ items. Everyone who has purchased a sweater in the past has always received at least one of the two types of post cards I’ve had made. In the back of each one are care instructions and such for the sweaters. For the tinies I’m having business sized card made (…get it… tiny post cards… *head to desk because I’m a dork*). Anyway, you can see I made good use of those little hands I purchased X3… Later this week I’ll have photos of Hito in his finished Owl sweater… finally.