Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Penguin-in-Progress and a Mini Giveaway.

After last week's "oh my god, how did I wait until this long to do this craft fair stuff?!" crochet blitz, I gave my hands a bit of a break for a few days, but last night I started my crochetalong penguin.  This pattern is worked in the back loops all the way through---I've never done that on an amigurumi and I wasn't sure I'd like the effect, but I do!  The ridges it creates are really going to work on this particular penguin, I think, and give it really cute texture.  I was going to go with classic black-and-white, but when I glanced at other people's penguins on Ravelry, I decided I loved the idea of real colours instead, and went with this soft teal.  (And it's a lot easier to work with in black, especially in my badly-lit room at night!)  So far I've done the feet and beak and the wings and started in on the body.  I'm not sure about what colour the belly and eye circles should be yet, so those will come later, as will his adorable hat.  I think this guy might end up being given to my mom for Christmas.


I was too busy actually finishing stuff to post anything for Finished Object Friday, but here are some last week's felted star ornaments.  I ended up making little polymer clay buttons to go on them, which was fun.  I don't work with polymer clay terribly often, so every time I do it's like a whole new fun surprise!  These are a little more...rustic-looking than what I usually make, but I think I like them.

Anyway, you guys were all so sweet about these ornaments last week, and I'd love to send one of these stars to someone who'd like one, so I'm going to do a teeny-tiny Christmas giveaway.  If you'd like to enter, just leave a comment (make sure it has your email/a way for me to contact you) on this post, and I'll let a random number generator pick a winner this weekend. :)

(Check out more WIP Wednesday posts over at Tami's Amis.)

14 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished penguin. I bet those ornaments will look lovely on a tree.

    The Zeppelin is for my Dammit bunny who make frequent appearances on the blog. He's our resident smallest Zeppelin fan. He and I watched his Song The Remains The Same DVD while I knit last night.

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  2. I too look forward to seeing the colourful penguin - I have a mother-in-law who like all things penguiny, perhaps I might be tempted to try my rather shaky crochet skills out again one day.

    Love the decorations, their cute.

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  3. I love the way those stars look. The rustic look is PERFECT!

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  4. I like your color choice for the penguin. Teal is the new black! The stars are great and the buttons just add to their folk appeal.

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  5. After seeing your penguins, my dd wants me to learn to crochet. The stars are very pretty, too.

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  6. YAY for the teal penguin! You are very smart not to use black. LOL

    The stars turned out amazing! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway! The buttons are perfect. Great job!

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  7. Cute decorations :-)

    I love the effect crocheting into the back loop gives, when I made my soft waves ripple earlier this year thats what I did and it made a lovely ridge when crocheting the next lot of colour, wouldn't do it any other way now :)

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  8. So sweet of you! I love the rustic look of the stars. Can't wait to see the progress from the knit along!

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  9. I really like the teal and yellow you chose for the penguin, and those stars are adorable! I like it that they look a bit "rustic", I think they're perfect!

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  10. ooohh cute projects, cant wait to see your penguin x

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  11. Your penguin is going to be super cute! I really like the color you chose for it. Every time I see an adorable crocheted animal, I resolve to improve my crochet skills so I can make one too!

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  12. Hearts AND handmade buttons....fabulous! love them.

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  13. Those stars are out of this world. My daughters went nuts when they saw them!

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