March 21st, 2009

The Post That Took Forever

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NOTE:  This post was written prior to our trip to Disney.  For whatever reason, uploading the video to YouTube so I could link to it just wouldn’t happen.  I think my computer left for vacation a day early.  So, my apologies for the delay in this being posted.  I know I’ve mentioned on the last two podcasts that this video would be up and I’m sure some of you are frustrated that it’s taken so long.

I’m loving how much all of you are lovin’ us knitting chickens.  I’m loving that so many of you heard about it and thought to yourselves “Hmmm – the WEBS gang is going to knit chickens – I think they need a vacation”.  Well -you’re right about the vacation part, but now that you’ve seen the pattern, I LOVE that you all LOVE the pattern too!  We’re having so much fun.

As promised, but a bit delayed, I want to post the video for picking up stitches.  Now, the last thing I claim to be is a videographer.  I’m learning, we are all learning so I’m asking for comment kindness.  That’s not to say I don’t want to hear what we can do better – absolutely – just know, we know we need to improve :)  Got to start somewhere though – right?  Here’s what the base of my chicken looked like as I prepared to pick up the stitches to then be able to knit up the body:

 You can see that I’ve figured out how many stitches I need to pick up for my medium size chicken and I’ve place markers in spots that evenly divide the number of stitches I need into manageable chunks.

Here’s our tutorial and introduction to the project:

 

Here’s what my chicken looked like after picking up the stitches and knitting up most of the body:

 Next up, I’ll be posting pictures of my chicken getting stuffed and a tutorial on the kitchener stitch, which is used to graft the chicken together.

I’ll be sharing some shots from our trip to Disney in the next post as well, but prior to vacation, we headed to Stitches West.  I stayed home for an extra day in order to attend end of term events for both Jackson & Jonathan.  Jackson has spent the term studying the Colonial Period which is capped of with a traditional Colonial Ball.  Here he is in his colonial outfit:

 

And here he is dancing with one of his fourth grade friends:

All of the kids did such a great job and I was so glad to have been able to be there.

 Kathy

P.S.  Many of you asked about the pattern for the shawl I was wearing in the video in my 2/20 blog post.  It’s from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton book #2 and the pattern is Sursa.  The pattern book is out of print, though there are a few available at various internet sites and possibly your LYS.  I’ve spoken with KFI and they have agreed to let me offer all of you the individual Sursa pattern for free with purchase of the yarn.  I’m waiting to get the pdf and as soon as I do, I’ll let you all know.

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  • Monica

    Those costumes are adorable! I wish we had done something like that when I was in school.

  • http://doveknits.blogspot.com Dove

    This is going to be such a happy chicken!

  • http://juliaas.wordpress.com JuliaA

    if knitting chickens! it's something i would call cuteness therapy knitting. i used to do bears for the mother bear project. most recently i did a mouse catnip toy. theyr'e so satisfying!

    http://juliaas.wordpress.com/2009/03/23/a-touch

  • http://salihan.com Salihan

    Thanks for the video on picking up stitches! It was very helpful and I learned a lot. ^_^

  • http://salihan.com Salihan

    Thanks for the video on picking up stitches! It was very helpful and I learned a lot. ^_^