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.