Friday, October 14, 2011

FO Friday: the One-Third Faceless Edition.

A bit of a cheat for my first FO this Friday.  This guy---Wonky the Tortoise, my mom's birthday-gurumi this year---was an FO last week, just sadly unphotographed.  Wonky is so dubbed because my lack of sewing skills and the fiddliness of this pattern mean he's...well, wonky.  But still freestanding, as a testament to the pattern's awesomeness.  I knew he'd be fiddly and wonky when I began him, I've made Enough Ami to Know Better, but I couldn't resist the pattern.  My mom loves a happy turtle, and this is one of the happier turtle amis I've ever seen.  The way the face is designed is an ends-weaving-in nightmare, but worth it!

Especially when you can plunk him down in front of a plate of salad and hope the camera shifts into macro mode correctly, and end up with a photo where it almost looks alive. :D  (I so enjoyed eating this salad after I took this photo.  This is something turtles and I have in common.)


This week's Owl of the Week (available here!) is Petunia, the weirdly cutesy-poo zombie owl.  (...Zombowl? No, probably not, that just makes it look like "zom-bowl," which isn't a bad idea, really.)  I wasn't planning on a pink-and-green zombie-owl, but when I was sifting through the eyelash yarns, this one just called out to me to go with the ghastly-green-fleck I was using for the body.  Next up, a non-cutesy zombie-owl.  I'm not sure how I like the effect of the coloured safety eyes rather than the solid black, but Ms. Petunia was clear that she NEEDED MOAR PINK, so I complied.  You don't want to argue with a zombie-owl.  Her little beak (in slightly-sparkly green with very subtle baby pink swirls!) is pretty sharp. 

And the FO I'm most excited about this week, my Camille shawlette/scarf/whatever.  This is a crocheted version of the beautiful and popular Saroyan (and it totally tickled me, as a Bones fan, to be making a pattern named for/inspired by a character from the show!), and while I don't usually like crocheted adaptations of knitted designs that much---crochet and knit have such different properties, and often trying to reproduce elements of one crafting method in the other just...doesn't work for me---I think I might like the crocheted leaf-border better than the original knit version.


You guys know me.  I don't do big projects.  But the Knitting and Crochet House Cup nudged me into this one by having a 200 yard requirement for a task, so I started perusing Ravelry's crazy wealth of patterns and this sang to me right away.  The yarn I used wasn't a match made in heaven for the pattern, for two reasons.  One of which I knew going in:  it was the wrong weight.  This is a worsted, and the pattern calls for DK, but I was seduced by this colourway (Bernat Mosaic in Medusa), so I went ahead anyway, and the resulting shawl is a little too big-and-blocky for me to wear in a pretty way, and it obviously has zero drape, but it's nice and cuddly scrunched up as a scarf.  I don't know if I'm going to keep it or give it as a gift.  My initial instinct was gift, but then I wore it for hours the other day, so... 



I love the way the colours worked up...sort of.  The striping-ness of the yarn combined with the long rows of the shawl's midsection made for some too-bold striping on the leaf border.  So I've learned a twofold lesson about what to do with the next one. (Because there's going to be a next one.  This pattern is amazing, I definitely recommend giving it a try---even just swatching the first couple repeats to see how the leaf border just...makes itself, all pretty, is a really cool and worthwhile crochet experience.  I've already swatched the beginning of the shawl two or three more times to see what it does in different yarns!)  Lighter weight yarn in a more subtle-variegated (as opposed to self-striping) yarn.  I'm thinking something in a peachy orange, maybe...

Check out some other amazing proejcts (some by much more experienced and impressive shawl-makers than I!) at FO Friday and Fibers on Friday!

28 comments:

  1. Awwww - he's so super cute!!! I love turtles and that pic of him "eating" is awesome!!!! Love the cute owl of course too! Your shawl/scarf is lovely - I really like the colorway. Very pretty and perfect for this weather right now!

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  2. That turtle is just gorgeous :)

    I didn't know there was a crochet version of Saroyan (as a Bones fan too, I love the pattern and the name!), but as I'm still not great at crochet I might make the knitted one first ;)

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  3. OMG!! The turtle!! That picture!!! he DOES look real....I'm giggling.

    The shawl/scarf/whatever....is outta this world! Wow! Those colors....thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh, I love the colors on you crocheted scarf!! Do you usually share your salad with turtles? LOL. Cute.

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  5. I love your owls. They make me so very happy.

    And your turtle is freaking cool. I love his granny square shell

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  6. TURTLE! ZOMG, So cute!!! His little face is just killing me. Your mom must've been over the moon about her gift. Your scarf is all kinds of awesome, too. It looks like a little chunk of autumn wrapped around your neck. Nice work!

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  7. Your turtle is cute. I always love your owls. I really love the colors in the scarf.

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  8. Hi!
    Love the turtle, he's so cute! The owl and shawl really pretty. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2011/10/fibers-on-friday.html

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  9. Your photos of your projects "in action" are great!

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  10. OH! MY! GOD!

    I seriously think I just died from the cute of Wonky!!!!!!!! Seriously, I made that "it's TOO cute!" audible squeak when I saw it!
    Another absolutely adorable owl. :) I must resist -- seems they multiply the way those octopuses do!
    That shawlette/scarf/whatever is absolutely gorgeous, too.

    I think I missed out on commenting on last Friday's post, but I wanted to say "love, love, LOVE the brain slugs and the tiny bunny!!!" :D

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  11. I just smiled all the way through your post, Kathleen -- thanks for that! Your projects are adorable and I really enjoy how you write about them.

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  12. Petunia has a distinctly 'morning after the night before' look about her which I love! Must be all the pink!

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  13. Awww love your amigurumi makes! Definitely going to have a go at the owl when I figure out crocheting! x

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  14. Wonky and Petunia are so cute! I love the salad shot...priceless! Your Camille is beautiful. I really love the self striping colors of the yarn with that pattern. It looks great on you worn as a scarf, too.

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  15. I love the little turtle and owl!!And the shawl is very pretty!!You have been busy!!

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  16. Wow, busy week for you!! Petunia and Wonky are just the cutest, great work! And the shawl is sooooo pretty!

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  17. What a fab FO post! I love the turtle, he is wonderful. Your owl is hootarific (I can't help myself). I love the colours in your shawl, I think it looks great.

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  18. Oh my gosh!!! That turtle is ridiculously cute!!! I love his little mouth... so perfect!

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  19. I love that turtle! I think I've seen pictures of actual turtles making that exact same expression with a salad - and yours is, by far, cuter!

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  20. OMG i am in blog heaven!! LOVE all your creations!! Thank you so much for lovely comments on my blog, about my Rainbow robot:)
    I am now following your blog, and really look forward to seeing MORE sqeeeee xx

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  21. Hahaha super cute turtle, he made me smile :)

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  22. Oooh! I love the Camille scarf and will have to try it out myself. Great project!

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  23. Ooh, LOVE the owl! The turtle is rather cute too, reminds me of my little boy. And your shawl, lovely. You are a demon hooker!
    x

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  24. Just dropped by to add to the chorus of "Kathleen Rocks" ... you ARE a demon hooker!!!!

    That turtle and the salad ... genius!!!! He really does look alive. And the Saroyan ... love it. The yarn weight might not have been what you liked but I think it wears well and the colorway rocks!!!!! Don't gift ... you wear it well.

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  25. rainbows!!! how beautiful is that?!? now that turtle is absolutely too cute! & what else can i say about a zombie owl? i so love it! i even have a pinterest board dedicated to zombies. i will pin it to my board. :)

    as always, thanks so much for commenting last week, sorry for just now getting back to you. it's been a busy weekend with the party & all the homecoming stuffs.

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  26. Your totroise rocks, I have made that pattern and found it hugely fiddly too, so mine is also a bit on the wonky side :D

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  27. Wonky is lovely - so full of character :) And the colours in your shawl are beauiful :) x

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