Jess Hutch.

Friday, March 31, 2006

george

george
This is George, a new toy. I'm not sure what type of animal he is... lately my sketches seem to be just of generic animal-type creatures - if I had to guess I'd say he's a squirrel, or some kind of rodent.

This was a fun toy to make - I wanted to see if I could get an elongated head - not oval, not spherical, more like a cylinder with rounded ends. I can't think of an example of this sort of shape. A tube of premade polenta perhaps? Anyway, that's what I was going for. I was concerned that the flexible nature of knitted fabric wouldn't allow for this unless I was making the tube part very long (like a sock), but once you've knit 10 or so rows of the same stitch count, the fabric naturally stays in a more or less tube-like structure.

Has anyone devoted an entire paragraph to that topic, ever?

George is made from Lamb's Pride Worsted in Seafoam, Blue Blood Red, and Pine Tree (light blue-green, red, dark blue-green), and knitted flat on size 7 circular needles. The weather in SF has been very dreary lately, and this color combo (turquoise/red) seems so summery and rich. Jane, on her yarnstorm blog, posted images of a quilt in this color combo a few months back - it's so gorgeous, and the colors so invigorating.

As I mentioned on flickr, this photo, of the toy on an old turquoise chair in our workroom, sort of makes it look like he's floating in a pool. Funny, since that's where I wish I was right now!

Edited to add:
Hey! Do you live in the Bay Area, or plan on being here on Saturday, April 22? I'll be at the Maker Faire at the San Mateo Fairgrounds that day, holding a workshop on how to make this very toy. Entrance fee for the faire for one day is $12.50, and the workshop is from 12:30-1:30 - there are no sign-ups***, just show up and we'll start making. Just bring some colorful worsted weight yarn (less than a skein of each color), stuffing for the toy (I use polyester fiberfill) and needles appropriate for the yarn, along with a yarn needle, scissors, and any other notions you take a notion to bring. The kind folks at Imagiknit, an amazing SF yarn shop, will be there with yarn and supplies in case you forget anything or prefer to buy new yarn (always a good choice!). The workshop will last an hour, which isn't enough time to complete the toy - but I'll get you started, and I'll demonstrate all the important techniques.

The Maker Faire is a fantastic event that Make Magazine is putting on - there will be all kinds of exhibits, workshops, and presentations. If you're interested in arts and crafts, science, technology, engineering, DIY, or all of the above, this faire is going to be the place to be. I'm excited to be involved.

Here's a link to the info for my workshop. I hope you can make it! I'll be posting more info here on my blog as the date approaches.

***Edited to add: actually, you can sign up early! Go here to get on the list.

31 Comments:

At 10:34 AM , maryse said...

i like that color combo a lot. very cute george.

 
At 11:10 AM , gleek said...

george is so cute! i see that you have succeeded in trying new faces with embroidery. his expression is very serene.

 
At 11:20 AM , vegasandvenice said...

What a cutie!

 
At 12:06 PM , Jeff said...

George knows what's important in life!

 
At 1:01 PM , hillary said...

cute! love the new head shape.

 
At 1:02 PM , traci said...

george is so adorable. i think he needs a cape. he looks like a magic flying george!

 
At 1:53 PM , Drea Renee said...

i love the ears and face..wonderful toy...and i love how well you can see all of those perfect little knit stitches. lovely.

 
At 3:59 PM , LeS said...

Hey!
Woo hoo - I was already planning on going to the faire already and now you are going to do a class?!?!
I'll be there with bells on (and a Spherey in my purse :)
p.s. George is adorable.

 
At 4:41 PM , bunchkin said...

I NEEEED this pattern!!! My 3 yo saw it and says he needs me to make one for him :-)

 
At 8:16 PM , Leslie said...

George is totally cute! Will he be available someday in pattern form? :-)

 
At 7:27 AM , Katie said...

Love George! I've recently started a Spherey - I'll send you a photo (or a link to a photo, or something) when I'm done.

 
At 9:37 AM , abby said...

dude!! you're on boing boing!!

that is infinitely cool.

 
At 9:38 AM , abby said...

http://www.boingboing.net/

i suppose that linking to it might have been nice.

 
At 11:00 AM , Jack said...

I'd like one of those

 
At 11:57 AM , SpiderWomanKnits said...

George is so cute! I just finished a Kate for a baby shower but my son wouldn't give it up. So I'm making another. (There are pictures on my blog) Your patterns are so much fun to work from :-)

 
At 5:54 PM , kimberly said...

I am so excited about your workshop! I hope I can make it. I'll be the pregnant one with *very* little knitting skills!

 
At 5:43 AM , John said...

Very nice work, that's one stylish toy. It reminds me of one of the creatures from Animal Crossing.

 
At 12:05 AM , Dhube said...

I love it George!! Very cute!! :)

 
At 7:26 AM , Kuka said...

ooh george is so cute!!!
Ilove your toys!
I am currently knitting kate the kitten from knitty, and really enjoying
She is my first project on dpns, amd has been a great way to learn so far
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

 
At 12:25 PM , Lori said...

George is adorable. He's so placid.

I really enjoy your work, and have recently started my own blog. I hope you don't mind, but I put a link to your site on mine. If you don't want it, I'll take it off.

Keep on inspiring!

 
At 1:25 PM , tod said...

Just darling! When is your book being reprinted? Could you send more to Reading Frenzy in Portland?

Tod

 
At 11:05 PM , Emma said...

He is gorgeous! I love the shape and the colour combo ;)

 
At 6:47 AM , sarah said...

Ah, to live in the Bay Area! I am so jealous! : )

I absolutely love your toys and am very sad that your book has gone out of print.

Brilliant design on George as usual! He looks like a bear (because of the placement of the ears) to me. If he is a squirrel, shouldn't he have a long bushy red tail? ; ) The colors actually remind me of a rainy day, perhaps you were subliminally influenced by the weather.

Who gets all these fabulous toys?!

 
At 11:45 AM , Kim said...

Aww, he's cute. The color combo goes well with his sleepy little face. (This is the look my toddler gets when he's a little grumpy and ready for bed!)

I just finished your Kate-the-Cat pattern and loved it! Will you be putting out any more of your books that you ran out of?

 
At 12:18 PM , posy press said...

Hi Jess-
I love everything about George...he's so great!
I will be at the maker faire as well (at booth in the bazaar bizarre section.)Hopefully I will get a chance to run over for your tutorial...and if you get a chance to wander around definitely stop by posy press!! Would love to meet you!!

 
At 3:20 PM , natascha said...

Beautiful George seems to be very concentrated!!

 
At 10:03 AM , Lors said...

Hello Jess
I have been reading your blog for some time now bu have never got round to posting anything! Anyways jUst a quick post to say what a fantastic blog this.
P.S I think George may be a hamster or bear :)

 
At 4:21 PM , roo said...

hello. i've been checking your blog for a while, but i'm commenting for the first time. i love the colors on george! very cute indeed!

 
At 1:56 PM , Kuky said...

We'll be there, we being my husband and baby for sure and what other friends I'll be dragging along.

 
At 9:36 AM , diane said...

i just discovered you - very witty and creative! desperately waiting for your next book printing - need to do some projects while camping.

 
At 11:41 AM , Mathieu said...

Nice one, i like it :)

 

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