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Turtle is finished! 
28th-Oct-2006 03:58 pm
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It's been a while since I've really done a knitting update. So warning, picture heavy post ahead.

Happy Birthday to Sa, the turtle thief. I've finished Turtle for her, only a few hours late.

Turtle is from World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dalmeny. I made Turtle from Caron Simply Soft in Sage, Dark Sage, and Light Country Blue on size 3 needles.

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I made a couple modifications to the pattern which I like. If I make it again, I would add a couple additional modifications - I would knit the 5 square parts of the shell as a single piece. I'm pretty picky about my seams and spend a lot of time on them, and this would reduce several. I would also knit the tail in a single piece. This was the part of the pattern that threw me. The head and flippers were all done in a single piece and are very similar to the tail, the back flippers are essentially only a slightly larger version of the tail.

The first modification I made was in sewing the appendages to the body. The way the pattern is written, the top and bottom shell are assembled into a single piece. Then the appendages are sewn to the bottom shell. I thought this would look weird, so I attached the appendages to the shell, to where they are coming out from between the top and bottom shell. I love the way this looks, but it significantly upped the construction time, as the sewing became much more fiddly.

The second modification I made was to single crochet around the outside of the top shell. I felt this gave it a more finished look and it concealed any seaming errors and makes the edges look a bit less raw.

While I did kink the flippers, I did not kink the head downward. I felt that the way the head was attached gave it enough of a downward bend.

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All in all, I think I spent about 15 to 20 hours knitting Turtle and between 50 and 60 hours sewing Turtle. So, the other knitting went on the back burner.

I have worked some on the Candleflame Shawl. MJ gave me a matching skein of licorice twist yarn and I'm still increasing the size of the shawl. (In the picture, the second skein is started about 7 rows back.) The rows are getting ever longer and longer and taking me a lot longer to do now. I have to frog back about a row and a half due to accidentally making the equivalent of a triple yarn over rather than a double decrease. I wasn't able to shift the stitches enough to conceal the giant hole, so back I go!

candleflame shawl


I've also picked up the Irish Hiking Scarf variation again (the one that I started last Thanksgiving). I'm a little over half way done now. Yay for progress!



Also, I've started back up on Catherine (the bear), after putting her down in June after frogging a fairly large piece. School is ending soon, and I'll be able to concentrate on the counting required for her.

Finally, Boo has attempted to tell me why they call it an umbrella swift:

Boo umbrella


Whenever my swift is open and operational, Boo likes to sleep under it. Which I wouldn't mind, if she would just quit licking the yarn and breaking the plies (or in the case of this laceweight, the entire strand.)
Comments 
29th-Oct-2006 12:53 am (UTC)
The turtle is fantastic. And great progress on the shawl.
29th-Oct-2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Anonymous
the turtle is just wonderful! great job, I like the colors too!! The other stuff is nice, but I was really waiting for the little critter to be done :)
31st-Oct-2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Anonymous
The turtle is adorable! And that's A LOT of sewing. You have more patience than I would. Are the eyes buttons or beads? It's hard to tell.

That shawl is going to be gorgeous! Are you keeping it for yourself?

I never did finish my hiking scarf. I ended up frogging it. I'm going to start another one at some point.

Kathy
http://runswithneedles.wordpress.com
3rd-Nov-2006 04:17 pm (UTC) - Turtle
Anonymous
Turtle turned out VERY nice, Brie!
You must have the patience of a turtle (he he) to spend such a long time seaming it. Good job.

~ Ellen
14th-Nov-2006 07:14 am (UTC) - Schools Out
Anonymous
WooooooHoooooo! Congrats to you. It was a long journey, but you did it and I hope you feel very proud of yourself, because you know all of us do!

Time to celebrate, and to try to get Alice Cooper's "School's Out" song out of my head.....

Linda

Sorry had to post as anon, I couldn't figure out how else to do it.
27th-Feb-2007 10:36 pm (UTC) - Little Money
Anonymous
With knitting thats a fantastic job. Keep up the good work I think I have learned something new.
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