Nessie Lives

I recently finished a project from the book Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits by Hansi Singh.

I bought the book because this woman’s idea of cute is wonderfully twisted. While the patterns for veggies and star fish are adorable, not everyone can see the sweet in jellyfish, earthworms, and spiders. Yes, the book includes patterns for all of these, and also for a praying mantis, a black-devil anglerfish, and (believe it or not) garlic.

But the pattern that intrigued me most was one for the Loch Ness Monster, which is the first thing I’ve made from the book.

My Nessie, complete with stylish scarf

I found out that, along with having a twisted sense of cute, the author has a slightly warped idea of what is reasonable to do when knitting. Because the pieces are eventually stuffed, she recommends using much smaller needles for your yarn to ensure a tight fabric. Maybe I overdid it, but I found some of the stitches really difficult to make with such tight knitting. I made several adjustments to her pattern (mainly for sanity’s sake) and everything worked just fine. And I loved the results so much I had to make her a little scarf from some leftover sock yarn that I love. (My husband says scarves are what all the stylish plesiosaurs are wearing…)

I think my next knitting project will be a sweater, but I’m sure other critters will be joining Nessie one of these days. Maybe I’ll make the Jackalope…

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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