Jess Hutch.

Monday, July 10, 2006

tracy

tracy
Here's a toy I made but didn't design. Well, I wrote the pattern but didn't do the initial design. Strange! A while back, my friend Michele Scanlon asked me to knit a toy based on a character her husband Dan created for a movie he's making. Dan's a super talented story artist at Pixar who's making this film in his free time - amazing. When I saw the character, whose name is Tracy, I knew he'd be a challenge (how to do a 'fro?) but a fun one. And so it was. Here's the completed toy. In Dan's movie, Tracy is, apparently, a 70s kids' show host - hence the 'fro, the 'stache, the jumpsuit, the rainbow. The hair was probably the hardest thing for me to figure out - how to create that spherical 'do? I was tempted to do some kind of loopy thing with the yarn, like a shag rug or something, but it's all about the simple, clean shapes for me, so I made a sphere, stuffed it lightly, and smooshed it on his head. It was very weird for me to do a toy from someone else's design, but it was truly a blast. I couldn't stop giggling once he was done - that hair! That eyebrow!

Michele and Dan are a fabulous couple who actually just finished a comic book about undergarments called "Unmentionables." They're going to have a booth at the San Diego Comic Con. Edited to add: Here's the official site for their comic!

24 Comments:

At 3:18 AM , rosa said...

i'm pretty sure your doll came out even more cute than the original character, but i want to watch that movie :)

wonderful as always!

 
At 5:15 AM , Christabel said...

He is so cool; the movie sounds like a blast. Nice work!

 
At 5:42 AM , fillyjonk said...

It makes me giggle, too - so funny and so 70s! (I am a kid of the 70s so I know whereof I speak.)

 
At 6:43 AM , Bertha said...

Ahhh! This guy is incredible! My husband & I are 70s freaks! I *love* him! The jumpsuit, my god, the jumpsuit!

 
At 7:42 AM , Corinne said...

Yes, this is definatly a 70's kids show host!
This is great! You can make anything!
I just love this...really makes me want to see this movie..hmmm..you'll have to give us the details when it's out!

 
At 11:01 AM , Carolyn said...

I LOVE the fro! You couldn't have made Tracy more perfect.

 
At 11:16 AM , brooklyn said...

just delurking to say that is one amazing 'fro...great job he's sooooo cute!!

 
At 12:18 PM , Katie said...

Fantastic! Tracy is great.

 
At 8:24 PM , Rain said...

LOVES it!

 
At 9:36 PM , tweezer said...

i just love that mustache and fro.

 
At 1:22 AM , Dipsy said...

Oh, this is so super cute, and the mustache rocks big time!

 
At 8:35 AM , sarah said...

Thanks for the link to Unmentionables! Dan Scanlon's name sounds familiar. . .has he done any of the "behind the scenes" stuff for Pixar's movies? Anyway, your doll is amazing and those comics look like fun! Thanks again!

 
At 9:02 AM , shannon said...

My favorite has to be the 'stash! Just mesmerizing.

 
At 9:54 AM , Anonymous said...

does your friend have a site? i'm curious about his animation project...

 
At 11:45 AM , LeS said...

This is fantastic AND hysterical. I also love the way you have him in the big blue sky.

Good job!

 
At 6:17 PM , Anonymous said...

Amazing! Perfectly seventies! I'll be sure to try to see the movie now - hope it gets released!

 
At 9:19 PM , kristinknits said...

That is the best! The 'fro is truly fantastic.

 
At 7:57 AM , mimi K said...

he's great! When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a hot air ballon doll! I think my favorite part is how you did the collar.

 
At 9:04 AM , kelly said...

love it! so funny - and so wonderful how you managed to capture the features so well and so animated-like... well done!

 
At 9:36 AM , Acornbud said...

What a cute little man:)

 
At 10:20 AM , ladylinoleum said...

*Love* it! Nice 'fro solution.

 
At 6:38 AM , high-strung said...

i'm so impressed with all the details...so cute!

 
At 2:08 PM , JanetinPortland said...

Fantastic doll and fantastic project! I think you captured
this character's personality. Wonderful talent!!!

 
At 12:41 PM , Amy said...

Tracy looks awesome and the Unmentionables is too cute! I love them both. Your friends are very talented, just like you!

 

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