A (truly) dreadful Nessie

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Here is my second goodbye gift made for the French Fellow in Merton College, who happens to be Scottish!

 

Very originally, I decided to go beyond the marketing clichés around Scotland, by needlefelting a Loch Ness Monster!

 

 

 

 

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I do not have much to say in terms of technical details, it was mostly made from merino roving, except for the Tam which I needlefelted from Wensleydale fiber that I dyed red using Kool Aid (but Wensleydale gives a very fuzzy felting due to its long fibers).

All supplies from Oxford Fiberworks!

 

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I also wanted to mention this amazing knit&Scotland book – Knit Your Own Scotland – Nessie, William Wallace et Robert Burns become knitting projects in this!

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A Toy foy my Valentine

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Mister Republic has one very fine quality when it comes to calendar as his birthday is three days from Valentine’s Day, so it is very easy for me to sneer at those who hold this commercial day as a very special day but actually I am just killing two  birds with one celebrating stone.

This year I decided to make a little knitted something. I wanted a cat-related project, I even thought of a cat cosy mug but then he does nos really use cosy mugs (neither do I I must say) so my gift would have ended up unattended in a drawer or in his coat pocket.

So I decided to do something really useless, but really pretty and I made a doll. Perhaps some Ravelry avid browsers recognize this cat-cutie : it is a pattern by Tatyana Korobkova for her Tanoshi Toys series, which features this girl doll in many different ways.

(c) Tatyana Korobkova (source Ravelry)

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Mister Republic has one very fine quality when it comes to calendar as his birthday is three days from Valentine’s Day, so it is very easy for me to sneer at those who hold this commercial day as a very special day but actually I am just killing two  birds with one celebrating stone.

This year I decided to make a little knitted something. I wanted a cat-related project, I even thought of a cat cosy mug but then he does nos really use cosy mugs (neither do I I must say) so my gift would have ended up unattended in a drawer or in his coat pocket.

So I decided to do something really useless, but really pretty and I made a doll. Perhaps some Ravelry avid browsers recognize this cat-cutie : it is a pattern by Tatyana Korobkova for her Tanoshi Toys series, which features this girl doll in many different ways.

When I saw the little kitty pattern in Tatyana’s poetic, dreamlike universe, I immediately spent the couple of euros (4£) to make it.

I am already a big fan of some amigurumi patterns but I am not convinced by amigurumi human toys, because I think the simple crochet stitch is somehow too visible whereas here, the stockinette stitch face is just perfect to me!

Let’s just make a quick list about the good points of this toy pattern:

a) Can it get any cuter?

b) It is an -advanced- beginner level. The only thing is that you must be able to knit with thin DPN, otherwise it is really easy!

c)It is an excellent stashbuster (the toy is about 9 cm high) – the only colour you should get right is the face, it should not be too rosy or white but rather a light vanilla/beige shade. Apart from that, the cat costume can be black, white, grey, striped, ginger…

d) It’s a great pattern if you have never made a toy before but would like to start, and it is super easy to customize!

I only made slight changes to the original pattern: I knitted stripes instead of a white tummy and I added a tiny felt scarf. I think some of the small parts of the pattern (inner ears) can be made with crochet instead of being knitted with DPN.

It could be left as a toy or I could make it into a bag accessory. Anyway, it really got me into the knitted toy craze, now I want to make tons of it!

(you even get a bonus track making-of pic! In case you would ask, yes I applied blush on the doll, and in case some girls would ask, my favorite blush brand is M.A.C.)

So what did you knit for your Valentine?