Sunday, November 1, 2015


 The aim here was to make an ace-cephalopod, an asexual octopus, after seeing these awesome LGBT marine animals.

They're modelled on the giant pacific octopus, the main features are the head part, which leans backwards and has a slight fold where it attaches to the body.  There's then a bit of a waist, before it separates out into the arms.

The first one turned out a little more cute and cartoonish than I'd hoped - its body is too big and round, and the tentacles are too short.  I think the big problem though is that the eyes don't point outwards, so it's natural to see it as just having a big face, rather than seeing the eyes pointing sideway.  Regardless, it's pretty cute, and reminds me a lot of the dumbo octopus.  I really like how it stands up too - I'd consider adding a suction cup to the underside so it can be attached to things.

The second one I'm much happier with!  He has a real angry glare to him, and his features look great.  The main differences here are the tentacles are much longer, the head is a bit narrower and the waist more pronounced, and I've reworked the colours to give a bit more emphasis to the head.  And of course the eyes now come in little capsules so they protude and point outwards properly.

I had great fun wandering around out local docks taking pictures of them (and explaining to passersby what I was doing) - you can see the rest of them here:

Knitting these did make me realise quite how often the things I knit seem to end up having tentacles.  Going to try knitting a few more land-based things next!

Happy knitting,

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Getting ready for winter

 With winter coming, it's getting a little colder, and we're all keen to wrap up warm.  But among all the snug jumpers and mittens, let's not forget about our chlorophyll-bearing friends.
 (This comes from a suggestion from Facebook.  The hats are for the Innocent Smoothies campaign, and have been sitting in a box waiting to be sewn up for an embarrassingly long time.  No plants were harmed during the making of this.)


Monday, August 31, 2015

Beethoven Mittens finished!

The Beethoven mittens are finished!
The basic design aims to be quite simple, with a single colour and minimal shaping. 
The flip tops are a little more involved - the fingers and the thumb both flip back, which I find really useful when moving in and out of cold places, and for fiddling with phones and things.  Making the thumb flip back is slightly unusual, but I find you need that too, particularly for smartphones.
I was expecting the openings to be more of a problem - with two layers of rib, they're quite thick, which I thought might be a bit awkward, but seems fine.

I changed the text from what I had planned, so the final two lines are:
"Alle Menschen werden Bruder"
"Und der Cherub steht vor Gott"
I decided that I liked the contrast between the two statements.
The font is aiming to be a little gothic, so the letters are tall, narrow and angular, and the heights are a little quirky.
This was quite fiddly, and took a few goes at it.  The problem with writing is that you have to figure out coherent rules and principles for all the letters, so they have a consistent look and feel.
I was amazed how much space they took too - I thought this would fit easily, but it was pretty close.

So, I'm pretty happy with how these turned out!  I'm enjoying wearing them, and they're a great reminder to be joyful all the time :)

*edit - realised later that I'd missed an "n" from "Menschen".  I went back and corrected that, but forgot to take a photo afterwards.  Ah well.*

Happy knitting!


Just a quick project today:

I came across this, and thought it was pretty cool, being a fan of diversity, cetaceans and also terrible puns.  I'm quite tempted to make all of them, but have made a fair few whales before.  So in the meantime, I thought I'd continue the theme by making an acephalopod. 

This will be quite a small and simple octopus, in the colours of the asexual flag.  In the spirit of sexuwhales, I'll make the colour appear in bands (I did consider having tentacles of different colours, but think that would be harder to balance overall).  I'll also start with the head being the purple side, since this will show up the features better, but does mean it's technically upside down.

I think it needs saying too that if you think this is a terrible pun, Taylor Swift is even worse:

You're whalecome.