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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 86

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Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
I guessed wrong about sizing. To my shame, these are too small for our model baby. But, they would probably have fit her six months ago.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 86

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
They look longer and more skinny than they are, because they really stand up and are pretty round.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The garter-stitch stripes are easy - just change colors every other row.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I think they're pretty cute.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
They slightly resemble bunnies.

This week, I chat with the creator of a very unusual stuffed toy pattern and share a pair of baby moccasins.

Wooly Woodland Moccasins - Juliet Version

These moccasins are based on a traditional moccasin shape from the northeast region of what is now the United States.

Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. Which means it's exactly 18 weeks from August 21 to Christmas. Hanukkah starts a bit later than usual this year, on December 20, just 5 days before. If you have a larger gift list and don't want to suffer in December, you might want to get started.

They are cozy enough for winter gift-giving, but small and quick enough not to drive you crazy in the summer sun. I'm experimenting with different yarn and needle combinations for different sizes. I welcome your notes and additions, too.

The yarn is any worsted-weight, feltable yarn, such as Cascade 220, about 1.25 ounces or 75 yards. 1 skein of 220 would make almost 3 pairs of these little guys. I must admit that this pair was made with long-held mystery-stash yarn. So, I have no idea what it actually was.

I seem to learn more things about myself as I continue writing patterns. With this one, I realized that I can't be counted on to spell "moccasin" until I've typed it about 20 times. I hope my practice sticks with me, because I'm planning on making at least two other sizes using this one as a basis.


Arwyn Yarwood-Hoeppner, who goes by freyathegrey on Ravelry, designed Deady Bear, an unusual (to say the least) stuffed toy pattern. We talked about that and a bunch of other things.


Arwyn's Blog

Son of Stitch 'n Bitch

Deady Bear Pattern

Note from Arwyn - "...the old "beutiful art with kintting" site is long gone. It's viewable on the Wayback Machine, but you can't see any of the pictures. This is Patricia Waller's site so at least you can see the images.

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