September 2007


Every year for our local chapter of the American Sewing Guild holds a fundraiser for our group.   Our local members make doll clothes and accessories for American Girl dolls (or 18″ fashion dolls).   A large number of outfits are normally donated.  I think approximately 6 or 7 wardrobes consisting of 13-15 outfits plus an 18″ fashion doll and a carrying case for the doll are included for the winners.  So this is a large undertaking for the local chapter.  This is the first year that I have been able to participate in the fundraiser.

 My contribution this year goes in our Contemporary wardrobe category.  I made a tiny swim suit, beach bag, and contrasting swim fins.  These turned out incredibly cute.   I was about 8 years old when the American Girl dolls came out and really started to get popular, so I really grew out of mine before the more contemporary sewing patterns came out for the dolls.  I still have my Samantha doll with most of the original outfits.  Hopefully, someday I will have a daughter who will enjoy her.  I also have two neices to sew doll clothes for in the meantime 🙂

Day at the beach

Raffle Outfit

Octopussy was finished this morning.  After adding eyes and sewing her together, it was time for a photo shoot at the local beach.  What really appealed to me about this pattern is how lifelike, and non – cartoonish it looked.  The other neat feature was the posable limbs.  Because there are pipe cleaners inserted into the tentacles, I can pose her arms however I want. Very different from typical Amigurumi.  I love the way she turned out, and can’t wait to try out other patterns from the same author. The details of the project follow:

A nice day for a swim

Octopus Amigurumi

Amigurumi definition from Wikipedialit. Knitting a stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Amigurumi are typically cute animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.), but can include inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. Amigurumi can be knitted, but the vast majority of amigurumi are crocheted.

Amigurumi are usually crocheted out of yarn. The simplest designs are worked in spirals. In contrast to typical Western crochet the rounds are not usually joined. They are also worked with a smaller size needle in proportion to the weight of the yarn in order to create a very tight-looking fabric without any gaps through which the stuffing might escape. Amigurumi are usually worked in sections and then joined (some amigurumi have no limbs whatsoever and the body and head is worked as one piece). The extremities are often stuffed with plastic pellets to give them a life-like weight, while the rest of the body is stuffed with fiber stuffing.

The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities.

Pattern:  Octopus by Hansi Singh – purchased through ETSY

Yarn: Cascade 220  colors; 2425 and 4010, Caron Wintuk in white for the eyes.

Needles:  US size 4 Knit Picks Options used through out the project

Other supplies:  Polyester fiberfill stuffing, eight brown pipe cleaners, black size 5 pearl cotton

Time: estimated time for completion of project was 4 hours total

Now for the pictures

 Octopussy

Sitting on a piling

Octopussy at the Beach

Note to readers:  This is not a child safe toy.  I made this purely for my own personal use, and it will not be given to small children due to safety concerns.

I have started a new knitting project…..I know, I know, I have plenty to work on without starting something new.  But I absolutely couldn’t resist this pattern: Hansi Singh’s Octopus

I am making Octopussy, my ode to one of my favorite James Bond flicks of all time out of Cascade 220 Heathered. In a darker red and dark tan color. She is modeled after a Red Octopus which can be found here in the Pacific Northwest.

This pattern really appealed to me. I am a certified SCUBA diver and have some experience diving here in the Puget Sound. Not nearly as much as I would like, and I haven’t ever been fortunate enough to see one of these little guys in the wild. I will keep my eyes peeled for them.

I am currently working on 6 out of the eight tentacles, and will finish the tentacle assembly before beginning work on the mantle and head. Maybe by the time my dive buddy hubbie’s regulator is back from repair I will have a little dive mascot 🙂

Happy Knittin and Diving 🙂

Pictures of Octopussy coming soon!

After a long hiatus, here are some new pictures of the Lizard Ridge squares.  I am up to 20 squares now, with 15 more to go to get the extra large blanket my hubby requested.  I think I have enough yarn now to finish it off entirely with several extra squares to boot.  That way I can switch any out that just look too strange with the rest of them.

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 Lizard Ridge Photos: Coming Soon!