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O is for Octopus


At long last!

You can find the pattern on Ravelry. And on Etsy. I can’t believe I started this back in September.

Oh WOW, y’all. I can’t read a calendar! The last week of March was so tricky with the doubled up Sunday and Monday! There is no possible way swap packages could have been sent today even if I had got your partners to you yesterday morning (I was trying to give everyone a chance to answer the questions before I had to go on without them). I’m sending the swap information this morning – packages should be on the way by NEXT MONDAY April 7! Thanks for your patience with my poor, sad brain. We could just pretend it was an April Fool’s joke. Everybody loves that kind of thing right? If you don’t get your giftee by this evening, please give a shout!

Here comes the Sun!

The sun came out yesterday afternoon! It was a crazy time. Even with all the help I got from my good friends, I did get the tentacle connection pictures finished.


Y’all. I’m trying to work.

Now I just have to beat the test knitters to the next stage of octopus construction that needs visual aids. And hope for nice weather.

I think that’s called a ‘long shot’.

Octopus Knitters

Thank you so much for all the support! I think I’ve figured out our swap, but Ellie is home today (many of the school buildings in the county are open and breezy so with our lows as our highs they decided to close) so maybe tomorrow!

**Octopus Knitters Acquired. Thank you.**


Eight legs are best for a cataclysmic dollhouse attack.

Thank you so much for the kind Great Gran thoughts. I had hope to have time to reply personally in a timely fashion (now that I’ve found where WordPress keeps the comments), but we are having as close as we ever get to a Snow Day instead. Gotta get back to Mary Poppins – it’s dancing penguin time!

Quick Question(s)


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.

Moving Forward


Without Knots


With Knots


Up close.

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.