Voila puppet #6, the croco! I used a new to me technique: the tuck stitch. With this marvellous stitch you can create fancy wobbles and welts and when knitted in a particular way, something that looks like scales. The fabric of the croco feels a little bit tougher than usual knitting which could probably be avoided by using thicker needles (for handpuppets  I always use smaller needles than recommended by the yarn company, because the fabric has to be a little bit denser than usual). It does also reduce the stretching widthwise. Next puppet will bring colour into my puppet list, but I will not tell until next week :) Since the tuck stitch is easier explained via video, here is a nice one: Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets and......

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This week marks the first week of february, so I choose a new theme for my puppets. The first puppet in the prairie-theme is the buffalo which I wanted to knit a long time now. Sadly (again) it's no weather for taking photos so it's a little bit blurry. No new knitting technique this time, but I found a german bookin my local library (in the kid's section although this book is rather for advanced knitters than a beginner's book) which turned out to be a real treasury. Included are some new to me techniques I will try out when the right puppet comes in to my mind for it. I have not decided yet on the next puppet, but I think my yellow wool wants to be knitted soon ;) Check out......

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Just in time for Sunday! The Orca puppet was finished 2 days ago, but I did not find the time to post it until now. My dear husky grew so ugly I had to take a break (again!) in order not to go nuts. So maybe it's the one animal that simply does not want to be a puppet and I have to accept it the way it is. For the Orca I changed the size of the mouth (larger as usual) and used bullion knot to make the teeth. The white spots above are knitted seperately although I think in the pattern version I would rather knit it as stranded colourwork together with the body. Check out the project page with a list of all handpuppets and techniques....

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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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