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WIP: Kanawinkie

Kana doll WIP

^___^ She's a cutie, isn't she? I've been drooling over Barbara Prime's toy patterns for quite some time now. So when I've sat down the other day to decide "okay, where to now?" with my knitting (having finished baby Michael's top and Chris' socks) I knew I wanted to do something fun and maybe a little bit challenging (but not big, I've got that vintage lacy sweater in progress to keep me occupied for a good while in that regard) and in the end I kept coming back to Barbara's charming patterns.

The Tiger with a Dress pattern is what initially drew me in, I mean, really. How cute is that? I knew I wanted to make a Kanawinkie. I was doubly motivated when I happened to come across these two balls of yarn that really are just perfect. The first was this gorgeous "self-striping" ball of browns which moved from a rich chocolaty brown to a light tan. The second was this amazing, soft, buttery yellow which could not have been a better shade for a golden tabby coat if I dreamed it up myself.

I dove into it right away. Oh my goodness. Not only is the pattern amazingly simple to read and understand, but it knit up SO quickly! Obviously she's still missing her face (I have plans this weekend to go find some green buttons for her eyes) but it only took me two evenings of knitting to get the bodywork done and assembled. I even managed to knit up her dress which I managed to use up the very last bit of scraps that was leftover from my Fake Isle Hat in making it!

Kana WIP


I love her. I really do. So satisfying and such a great finished product (even though she's not finished quite yet!)
Ontop of this pattern I also bought Cowboy and Puppy with a Sweater and Scarf patterns. The cow I hope to turn into a Beiame and the Puppy will make a really nice Beagle, I hope!

I really recommend Barbara Prime's patterns. Easy to understand, easy to knit and put together. I couldn't be happier!

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dhstein
Mar. 13th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
squeee! How gorgeous! I must get braver with my knitting. changing colors seems so advanced. It shouldn't. But somehow...
uwatigress
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh. That is too cute! Learning to knit is on my 101 in 1001 so I'll definitely be making me some little knit critters one day too hehe
kanawinkie
Mar. 15th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
Woo! It's so not as difficult as people think! Go for it!
kanawinkie
Mar. 15th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Hee! No way! Color changes, especially simple ones like these (stripes! Just bring in the new color at the beginning of each row!) are easy peasy! You can totally do it.

Start bigger if you're worried.Try a scarf or dishcloth before you get to anything smaller and fiddlier.

The color changes were a breeze. It's the weaving in the ends and sewing together that's a pain!
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kanawinkie
Mar. 15th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! Because the color changes were so wide I didn't bother with fiddling too much to force any specific dark-to-light gradients, but every now and again it would just come out "right" That tail was -certainly- one of them!
synnabar
Mar. 14th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Eee! That is so cute, and so well done! I am so impressed at your skill; I've crocheted ages ago (the most I made were some scarves and an afghan), but never knitted. I can imagine that took a lot of planning!
kanawinkie
Mar. 15th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Eee! It's so good to hear from you!!!
Thanks!
I've tried to crochet a couple times now but have found it SO difficult, so I'm impressed you know that skill.
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