Aw, man. Truman needs a stocking and I can’t find my notes for the cat stockings.
I was going to do them up to be my Christmas Freebie pattern too. I really can’t believe I didn’t put the notes in a post or something when I made the cat stockings.
Have you got a second?
Do you think his eyes need to be lower down? And do you think he needs a smiley mouth under his eyes on the pattern example? Ellie’s octopus mouth is on the bottom (where octopus mouths belong) but she is a stickler for realism (and has requested that I make him a siphon so that he can jet through the water properly).
In my original design, I was going to give him some texture (seed stitch) on the bottom of his tentacles. I thought it would look good when he was knotted. I still think it would look good, but I abandoned it as Entirely Too Tedious about four inches into the first tentacle. So I’m pretty sure no one else would want to keep that up for ten feet worth of tentacle, so I don’t think I’m going to include a seed stitch option in the pattern (makes it less confusing to leave it out). Does anyone see leaving it out as a problem? I *could* include the pattern lines in a box or something off to the side if anyone is into that kind of self-loathing behavior…
I just ordered the yarn for a GIANT version (so much pink yarn) for my customer who wants one for Christmas (which is why I’m working on the Octopus now instead of what I said I wanted to do) and yarn for the pattern version. I’m going to give Malabrigo Organic Cotten a try (worsted held double). The color is named ‘ultramarine’. You see how I just couldn’t say no to that.
I think I want him a little skinnier at his skinniest point. It doesn’t seem like his body has quite enough shape to it (even though his head protrudes in the back a bit). But generally speaking, I’m pleased!
And it wasn’t a super giant pain even with all those legs! YAY.
Today I live in a world that doesn’t have Great Gran in it. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and words and prayers. It’s been good to know that y’all are out there.
Ellie is going to be a witch for Halloween. And I’m going to take a little bit of a break.
I’ll be back when the octopus prototype is finished.
Great Gran won’t be getting better. I’m working on a blue bear.
OK. Still in the hospital. They are trying some new stuff. So y’all keep your fingers crossed.
And I finished Ellie’s costume on the day I stayed home, but I haven’t been home long enough since then to take a picture. Whew.
So I just realized that Halloween is less than two weeks away and I need to sew Ellie’s costume.
I got out the big camera for you!
So far so good! I got all the legs joined together like I thought they would and I’ve only had to back up twice on the body shaping. Which is pretty good for me. I think I’ve made a mistake and have too many leg stitches to deal with for his bottom and his legs might be too long in general, but that’s why you make a prototype! Easy fixes for octopus v.2.
Great Gran is MUCH better! She slept for about 36 hours straight and woke up more like herself (I got a lot of knitting done while watching her sleep). Not on the octopus though, I need all my brain for him since he’s new. Cross your fingers that Great Gran will go home at the end of the week! I’m headed back over there to spend the night in a few hours (Mom and I are taking turns) with half a bear to finish and an elephant to start.
I also managed to make chocolate chip cookies this morning and I’m not sharing a single one with Congress. You hear that? NO COOKIES FOR YOU.