Finished Friday: Knitted Octopus and More Yarn

I finished another Hansi Singh pattern this week. I was curious about the shaping of the octopus head, so I made one. Mine isn’t as colorful as the red and yellow example in her book, but I like how it turned out.

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My version of Hansi Singh’s Octopus.
I love that the head is so realistic in shape.
I love that the head is so realistic in shape.

The legs have pipe cleaners in them so you can hook those arms around anything. I think this octopus is going to move around a lot more than my other knit toys do.

My octopus is all ready to lend a hand. (Sorry. I couldn't resist.)
My octopus is all ready to lend a hand. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

I am also spinning again. I’m stuck with my novel and trying to get the story moving by letting my brain wander. I got out my hand spindles for these yarns, partially because I was away from home and needed to pack light, and partially because my character lives long before spinning wheels were invented.

The blue is Corriedale dyed with Indigo. The red is Cotswold dyed with madder. (I bought both fibers prepped and dyed.)
The blue is Corriedale dyed with indigo. The red is Cotswold dyed with madder. (I bought both fibers already prepped and dyed.)

I have had a glimmer of an insane art project idea. Actually, it’s an idea I’ve toyed with in the past, but this time new things are connecting with it and giving me exciting new ideas about how to approach it. The project is huge, complicated, and enticing. I’m going to let it cook some more before I talk about it with anyone, but I think I know what I’ll be working on in my studio next. Unfortunately, it’ll be a long time before any of it is ready for Finished Friday.

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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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