Previously: Project Giant Gnome
The cool thing about knitting a giant gnome is that at some point, you get to knit standing up!
But most of the time I’ve been sitting.
(Thank you Audrey Peck for this photo!)
And now, giant gnome has a body!!
I can now say exactly how tall he is: three feet, four inches (a little over one meter). Pretty big for a gnome!
I’m feeling good about the project right now, but let me tell you, over the past week there were at least two points at which I was very close to ripping out the hat and the face, or the face and the shirt, or the face and the shirt and everything else, and starting all over again. I think I could have done more planning in advance, but there’s also just an unpredictability when working with very large, soft things. Even though all the increases and decreases are uniform, from different angles the gnome can look plump and perfect or cylindrical and not-so-perfect.
My method of judging the progress was to stuff the body and take a photo, then overlay some roughly-drawn shapes to get an idea of what the proportions will look like.
The black area under this guy’s pants is where I cut the pants in Photoshop and nudged them up under the shirt. Because the pants were looking way too tall! But in the end, instead of frogging back to the point where I could make the pants shorter, I took a shortcut and gathered them at the bottom and stitched them in place.
This seems a little like cheating, but I’m OK with it—backtracking at this point would mean less time to make other things for the show, a compromise I don’t want to make right now. (And the reason these stitches are so sloppy is because I’m going to have to undo them to remove the stuffing for shipping anyway.)
It feels like the hard part is over now that the body is finished, but many questions remain: Do I have enough yarn, or do I need to request more? What should I make giant gnome eyes out of? Could I pull off a second giant gnome in time for the show? Is there a treatment for gnome addiction? How about gnome burnout? Check back to find out what happens!
Happy 2015, year of the sheep! I’m taking that as an auspicious sign for all of us.
2014 was overall pretty good, but I also think I spent a lot of it stressed out, either because I had taken on too much or because I wasn’t as busy as I wanted to be and was feeling weird about that. It was also our first full year living in Chicago, and getting settled in a new place just takes time, I’ve discovered. This year I’m resolving to focus more on things that I’m truly excited about and not worry so much about doing everything possible. That might mean a little less blogging here, but I still have plenty of exciting things in mind for 2015. Including:
– Vogue Knitting LIVE in NYC in less than two weeks! (More on that soon.)
– An exciting participatory art project
– A new book! (Which you can already preorder if you are so inclined.)
– Obviously, a new tiny sheep pattern! (Coming soon.)
I think it’s going to be a really good year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we all do with it!
I think it’s been established that I prefer basic black when it comes to eyes. I like how big black eyes are cute, but also can be mysterious and even creepy—you can almost read whatever you like into them. But when I was designing the Thwickeds, which were partly inspired by Jenny Harada’s plushes (who all have kooky eyes), I briefly considered a couple of different options…
Spooky black won the day, but there are so many cool eyes out there (I went to 6060 on Etsy to get mine), I’m going to have to start incorporating them into my art projects, if not my pattern designs.
Do you give your toys funky eyes of one kind or another? I’d love to see examples!
…until the situation can be resolved by a knitter, that is!
(Pattern coming soon!)
…but even if they seem trapped, DO NOT go near them. Check back here for updates.