Friday, May 10, 2013

FO Friday: Joss Whedon said, 'Create,' so I did

Thank you, Canada Post, for not leaving me in suspense for too long before delivering my Joss Whedon swap package to my spoilee.  Now I can share some finished projects with everyone and prove that I really have been knitting for the past few months.

I'll start with my first main handmade.  It was inspired by Topher Brink from 'Dollhouse'.  That juice-box-loving genius was also a fan of sweater vests, and with my spoilee being a tea-drinker, I thought that her teapot could use a cosy.

I've called the project Sociopath in a Sweater Vest based on another character's description of Topher, not as a remark on the model you see in these pictures, a wooden duck figurine.  Remember, I mentioned this in a WIP post?  I didn't have a teapot readily available for photos, so I dressed up the duck.  I loved making this, it was like a small scale trial for garment knitting, color switching, and cables.  And it's just so cute!

Having finished the cosy, I decided to be ambitious and tackle a shawl as my second knit.  That had me knitting right up until a few days before the deadline, with just enough time after casting off to block and dry and pack.

I'm pleased with the way it turned out, though.  I was worried about the colors, using Knit Picks' Imagination in Pirate King, being too varied and hiding the lace work at the edge, but I think it works, and the color changes are so short you don't get any weird pooling in the stockinette body.  The pattern is Out of Gas (free!), so it was always meant to be 'Firefly'-related, but I have called this A Beating Heart Shawl just to connect it more to one of my spoiler's favorite characters, Jubal Early, who admired the engine as the beating heart of the ship.

Back to 'Dollhouse', everyone knows that when three flowers are in a vase, it's dangerous for that third one to be green.  But when it's yellow, that's okay.  So I also made a tape measure cover, just for good measure...pun intended.

This Third Flower in the Vase was a quick knit from one of Nicky Epstein's patterns of knitted flowers, with a little crocheted backing courtesy of my mom.  I also knit a small flower on the end.  This was really fun, I think I'm going to have to make more of these in the future.

So there you have it, two months' worth of crafting in one blog post.  And that's not including the Jayne hat project bag my mom sewed for me, or the cocoa candied pecans I baked based on the Sugar and Spice Nuts.

For even more FOs, go to Tami's Amis.


  1. Love that tea cozy so cute!! You have really done alot of beautiful work; that green shawl is beautiful.

  2. The cozy is fun! Have a nice weekend. Regula

  3. That tea/duck cozy is awesome! Shawl and tape measure are very cool, too.