Luck Cat

The inspiration:
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I'm reluctant to use the word collection, for fear that it will one day lead to more luck cats than I know what to do with, including a giant gold one...and that's not really a road I want to go down.

The idea:


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The final product:

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I'm pretty happy with it. This one is my "protocol" luck cat. I'm hoping to make a few more for etsy. The ear turned out a little funny, since that was where I left a hole to turn it right side out. Next time, I'll make the ear look nicer.

Posted byHello Pineapples! on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 2 comments Links to this post  

So Cute, it's Sick

Here's a preview of a project I'm working on:
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If you think that's cute, wait until you see the finished project. Believe it or not, it gets cuter.

I know this is not very modest of me, but I find myself giggling at it's cuteness from time to time. Even if no one else likes it, I'll still love it.

Since it's working out fairly well, I will start knitting to make some better felt (this "prototype" is made from sheets of cheap craft felt). I'm not really looking forward to knitting up large pieces of fabric, but it should make the final project look much nicer. Besides, I'm not even sure I know where to buy good felt. Or if I can afford to buy good felt. May as well dig into my yarn stash and make my own.

Posted byHello Pineapples! on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 0 comments Links to this post  

Etsy and me

Well, I've finally managed to take some pictures and post items on my etsy shop. It remains to be seen if people will buy anything, but my fingers are crossed. I've had a few sales to friends and co-workers recently, which is awesome and will make Christmas a little better. There really isn't much money in this poor student gig.

Speaking of Etsy, as I was browsing about this evening (instead of sleeping, which I should be doing), I found the shop of the girl who was next to me at the FemFest craft fair at the Khyber. I had meant to take one of her cards and put a link here, but forgot and had no idea where to look for her shop.

In case you're wondering what the heck Etsy is, well, it's like a big online craft fair. If it's handmade, then it's probably on Etsy. Columnist Karen Von Hahn of the Globe and Mail recently did an article on Etsy and how she did her Christmas shopping there. Unfortunately, you can't read the article online. It was in last weekend's G&M Lifestyle section, in case you haven't recycled your newspapers yet. It wasn't an awesome column, but pretty cool that Etsy got the mention in a national paper. The more people checking Etsy out, the more chances that one of them will stumble onto me.

And it really is all about stumbling on Etsy. There's just so much that even a search barely narrows things down for you. Type "sock monkey" and you get 64 pages of sock monkeys and sock monkey related items. The odds that you're the one sock monkey maker that jumps off the page do not seem all that great. Of course, this is no reason not to try to sell stuff there. Who knows, it might pay off. As it is, some monkey money from the Khyber sale bought me a new dress at Winner's and a Lindt chocolate advent calendar (so much tastier than the cheap waxy chocolates you find in most advent calendars).

Anyway, bedtime and cat feeding time. This entry really doesn't have any need for pictures, but I do have to share my latest creation: monkey sized toque and scarf that I knit up on Friday at my Stitch n' Bitch (not much of a bitch, as I was the only one there - must advertise better next semester).

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As well, the Gerkins (not their real name) arrived home from their trek about South America and I was finally able to give Mr.G his Octopus (a free pattern from knit.1 blog - except I screwed up a step. And then added legs and a set of bagpipes):

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heh. the silly thing kills me everytime. If you're wondering why the octopus is playing the bagpipes, well, that's a story for another day.

Posted byHello Pineapples! on Monday, December 03, 2007 0 comments Links to this post