Puppet #3 is finished. I admit the ice bear is an easy one, but after penguin and walrus I needed a no-brainer. Nevertheless he has a cute smile, hasn't he? Currently I'm doing the planning for puppet #4. Actually I wanted a husky and it was supposed to be puppet #1, buuuuuuut sometimes things are more complicated as they seem at first thought. I made charts and so on, but it always looked a little bit odd and not that much like a husky. My head is full of huskys and they urge me not to abandon them and replace themwith a huge salmon puppet (although I think penguin, walrus and ice bear puppet want me to make one, they look hungry sometimes...) or even an orca whale (walrus puppet is AGAINST that). We'll see, there is still one week to go. Check out the
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Tutorial: Knitting Intarsia in the round

For some of my handpuppets it's neccessary to knit intarsia in the round. Intarsia is a colourwork technique where the yarn is not floated in the back of the knitting as in fairisle techniques, but each section is knit with it's own thread. Intarsia is often used where the pattern calls for bigger sections in one colour when stranded knitting would create a thick fabric. Usually intarsia is knitted flat. Knitting back and forth you always have the threads in the direction you want to have it. When knitting in the round you knit in one direction only. So here is the problem. Given you have 2 sections and knit section 1 and 2 and want to continue with section number 1, the thread of section number 1 is still at the end of the section - not where you need it. In fact you can't knit intarsia in the round UNLESS......

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I'm starting the project with a little black and white fellow: Mr. Penguin. I used a technique quite new to me: Intarsia in the round. Intarsia is usually knitted flat, so there is no problem with yarn being at the wrong side of the colour patch. When knitted in the round you only go in one direction, so after one round your yarn is on the left side of your colour patch and your needle on the right side. In fact to knit intarsia in the round you actually knit it back and forth like knitting flat and connect your knitting to simulate knitting in the round. It required several tries until I figured out the way the joins of the rows work best for me. I made a small tutorial on knitting intarsia with wrapped stitches here. Check out the project page with a......

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Project "a puppet a week"

My only (!!!) new years resolution was to create a new hand puppet every single week of 2012. Whenever it's possible I will publish the pattern for these puppets, too, but I think it won't be manageable every week. After mind storming a huge list of animals suitable as a hand puppet I recognized 52 puppets are not enough. If I like hand puppets anymore after this project, there will be more in the future definitely! Since there are so many of them I try to sort them per month, so every month has its own theme. And because 52 hand puppets are not enough work, I also want to use many many many new techniques I never used whether they were intimidating, exhausting or I simply never knew they were existing. It's quite intimidating to use a totally new technique on a bigger project like sweaters, jackets or even bags, but......

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Der "du machst doch Handarbeiten, oder?"-Effekt hat mir eine Riesenladung Stickgarn von einer Freundin gebracht. The "don't you do needleworks?"- effect got me lots of embroidery floss in lots of colours from a friend. Meine Lieblingskreuznahtvarianten My favorite herringbone stitch variations neue Sticharten ausprobieren aus meinem Stickbuch, das genauso alt ist wie ich ;) testing stitches from a book the same age as I am ;) ...

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Embroidery

Sitting outside on a bench in the afternoon embroidering is one of the most relaxing things for me (at least if my needle and hand do what my head tells them!). My embroidery patterns reflect my passion for colors, wildlife and languages. The color of the box around each description indicates the level of difficulty. Green represents patterns using mostly stitches like running stitch or backstitch. A yellow box pattern is more a medium level, french knots, herringbone stitch or others. The red box patterns use a large variety of stitches and might be more challenging. lion4 liondetail Geometric Lion Embroidery skills: - running stitch - threaded running stitch Finished measurements: 18x17.25cm/7x7.8inch Buy here:  craftsy dawanda etsy Continue Reading


Handpuppets

The handpuppet series is a collection of wild and domestic animals. Every handpuppet is designed to fit a childs hand, which is surprisingly not always the case with many handpuppets. Adults with slim hands can use these handpuppets, too. If you want the handpuppet for Adults choose a thicker yarn to knit with. Most handpuppets are worked in a DK weight yarn and measure 15x10cm/6x4inch at average (some have longer noses, beaks, etc.) The instructions are illustrated with step-by-step photos to make it easy to follow. Advanced knitting techniques are explained with the use of phototutorials. The color of the frame around the pattern description shows the difficulty level. Green uses basic stitches, yellow has some tricky parts, red makes use of more challenging skills. Nevertheless don't let this discourage you in trying some new skills! With small projects like handpuppets it's easier to experiment - You don't waste a weeks worth of......

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Mandalas

Stitching Mandalas has a very relaxing character. The repetitive shapes allow to play with the colors freely and even help practicing some new embroidery stitches. The color of the box around each description indicates the level of difficulty. Green represents patterns using mostly stitches like running stitch or backstitch. A yellow box pattern is more a medium level, french knots, herringbone stitch or others. The red box patterns use a large variety of stitches and might be more challenging. flower1 Flower Mandala Embroidery skills: - stem stitch - french knots - threaded running stitch - herringbone stitch Finished measurements: 12x12.5cm / 4.8x4.9inch Buy here:  craftsy dawanda etsy jeans1 Gem Mandala Embroidery skills: - stem stitch - chain stitch - satin stitch Finished measurements: 13x12cm / 5.2x4.8inch Buy here: 
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