Friday, December 30, 2011

The Final FO Friday of 2011...

Which makes me feel like I should be doing some whole "Stuff I Made This Year" retrospective, but there's no time for that, so instead, meet the assembled Ms. Amineko.

If you've been thinking of making an Amineko, let me cast my vote for "OMG YES, MAKE ONE!"  Easy to crochet, not that bad to assemble (much better than I was expecting!), and just so beautifully designed.  I don't usually follow a pattern terribly closely, but I stuck to this one exactly, even down to the face embroidery (because it was just too sweet to try and change), and I think this is one of the more polished-looking things I've ever made, which I'm really pleased about.


I also made her a Lotus of Contemplation from this pattern.  (Her next accessory is going to be a Jayne Cobb Cunning Hat.  Are any of you guys Firefly fans?)

And the poses are just as adorable as advertised.  Uh, even if one happened to have stuffed and assembled this pretty kitty while sitting in bed watching Blue Bloods without a really good flat surface to test the weighted-ness.  (Patterns that are well-designed enough to surmount my haphazardness? A++!)

Definitely one of those patterns where I'm already mentally selecting a skein for the next one.  (I'm thinking maybe good ol' Red Heart in Marrakesh.  Thoughts?  I loooove this Ms. Neko in solid, but I'm interested to try working one in a variegated yarn.)

And I've even learned enough about time management and project selection that I had time to make my first ever proper scarf, too.  A library I go to a lot has a winter-warm-items donation tree, and I wanted to add something to it, so I picked a fun, mindless-TV-crochetin' pattern and made this up out of stash yarn while watching some of Water for Elephants (meh), the pilot of Homeland (totally hooked, so well done), and a random episode of Game of Thrones.  And some more Blue Bloods, which is on in the background of the photo, hah.  I was happy to discover that I've gained the patience to crochet into a long foundation chain, and had enough scarf-fun that my second scarf (from a different pattern) is already on the hooks.  And mostly finished, in fact, so it will be appearing in 2012!

And here to wave a cheerful goodbye to 2011 is Pepper, probably my favourite owl of the year.  (But don't tell the others.)  I liked her enough that I couldn't bear to sell her---I actually laughed out loud as I tied on the silly little ear-tassels.

Go say hello to lots of amazing projects at Fibers on Friday and FO Friday! :D  And thanks so, so much to all of you for being such a supportive and talented and inspiring community to be part of this year.  <3

24 comments:

  1. I love the owl. I wouldn't part with him either if i were you.

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  2. Ahhhhh! I'm crazy about the ear tassles! :3

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  3. Ooh how gorgeous is ms amineko - so so pretty! I love her :)

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  4. Oh my gosh, I love everyone of your projects, very cute!!! Happy New Year!

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  5. she is cute but that owl is awesome. I'd have kept her too.

    happy new yr!

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  6. love the kitty & especially the owl. i love you put a banner on her! the tassels on the ears are so precious!

    happy new year friend! :o)

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  7. Oh my gosh - I love Ms. Amineko! Great job! And the owl is pretty cute too!

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  8. Aww, Pepper is so adorable - I can see why you kept her! Ms. Amineko is so unbelievably cute - I want to hug her!!! Great scarf too - I thought it was knit until I read the pattern through - it seems even easier to crochet than knit... well done!! Have a Happy New Year!!

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  9. Have you guested that I have a soft spot for kitties? Love the photo of pepper too!
    I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year :0)
    willow4

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  10. Would love to see her in a Jayne hat! Happy New Year!

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  11. ooooh, I LOVE PEPPER! That owl is absolutely adorable. I love your kitty too. I love that it will move around in all of those poses. That is the worst part about some projects...the stiffness. Too darn adorable. The scarf is beautiful too. It's always funny to see what movies or tv shows get us through the mindless knitting or crochet. Love it!

    Happy New Year!

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  12. I love that owl. That is a great use for fuzzy novelty yarn.

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  13. Kitty looks so sweet and serene. Good job! I love owls and yours is awesome! Happy New Years! and thank you for making me feel so welcome in these groups.

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  14. That picture of Ms. Amineko made me smile from ear to ear!

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  15. I love your sweet little kitty. I like making stuffed animals too, but usually too lazy to do the detail work for eyes, mouth, etc., so my animals tend to be faceless.

    Happy New Year!

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  16. Love the kitten. Cant wait to see your sweater in 2012!

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  17. Hoooooo so cute, love this cat !! and HAPPY new year !

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  18. Awesome owl!! It looks like we will expect great things from you again this (New) year!! Have a happy one!

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  19. Love the cat!! She is soooo cute - she wouldn't last around here though - one of the kids would kidnap her and take her hostage in their own room :o)

    Your scarf looks really nice, comfy and warm!

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  20. Your knits make me smile. Thank you

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