Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Giant Nautie

Elliott claimed the giant nautie immediately!

Used 100 % Australian Wool from Full Thread Ahead, Los Altos, CA. It's 20 ply (Yes, TWENTY:)) and feels like rope. Not as nice to knit with as the microfiber/nylon blend; but still fun. Used sz 13 needles, it was like knitting with LOGS:) Had to knit it crazily tight so the stuffing didn't peak out.. I think a better way to make a big one would be to rework the pattern and use smaller needles but more stitches. It would require some thought process which I wasn't so keen on ;)

The only thing left to do are a few more tentacles, but I didn't have the heart to move the kitty... (As you can see he got abit cranky hearing the camera click away when he was trying to nap..)

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Well, I finished my Nautie, had all the knitting done on Easter and just sewed on button eyes oh, let's see...three days ago. But alas! I have no pictures of my finished first Nautie, because I well, gave him away. To my physics teacher who is retiring this year. He was an awesome Nautie, so I gave him to an awesome teacher ^_^

But that just means now I can start another, right? :p

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Finished my first Nautie

Meet Cthulu the ammonite!

This is such a great way to use up some old acrylic lying around. I need to make more of these.

Knitting Magic Girl


Biggie Nautie

Both nauties now have eyes, the third creature is furry and pretty annoyed at having to be in the photo shoot (for scale). But she wasn't ready to budge.

She was alittle curious at first, they're pretty much the same size.. But after awhile she decided to just ignore him.

The big one was kind of a pain to knit, but it was totally worth it. I tried to make the inside twist sort of stick out alittle, and not disappear in the curl. Also tend to stuff them so tightly that sometime the stitches stretch. This nylon microfiber is not very stretchy, which is a good thing. It's very snuggable though!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


The buddies met at Starbucks today!
The one with eyes leading the blind..
(he's getting his eyes as I write...)

Nautie goes to Starbucks

This is my cute little Nautie, just finished him up! He turned out so well I can't wait to do another one, I think a bigger one would be even more adorable. I used some left over Peace Fleece for the shell, its kind of varigated so I didn't stripe him, and his face is some Encore. I don't have a digital camera (it's shocking I know it!) so I met my friend at Starbucks for a photo shoot and, of course, coffee.

Wooly Nautie

Here's my first nautie. (without eyes, they're coming..) It's made from some scrap Rowan superfine merino yarn, normally needing sz 6 needles, but for the nautie to get a tight knit I used sz 4. It was so much fun to knit, very quick at first, but the bigger it got the longer it took;) It's a two evening-while-watching-tv length project for me..

Also started on the second nautie. Used double-stranded 100% nylon microfiber on sz 8 needles (very tight knit); and so far it's going to be HUGE (like pillow size almost..) I really love the microfiber, it's turning into a really cute baby gift! I think a number of them are going on our sailboat as pillows with a nautie-cal theme!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Woo and Hoo!

My first KAL. It was much easier once I decided that my pregnant scuba-diver friend had to have a nautie for the baby. And she's getting ... um ... sizeable.

Because it is for an infant I embroidered the eyes on. also felt the need to twist the 'shell' a bit. You might be able to see it better from this angle. Oh, and I started Saturday morning and finished Sunday evening. I can get a lot done if I just knit. I'm not really showing off. I'm just glad I stuck with it. It's a terrific design. I think my next one will be silk, for me.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Finished Nautie...yay

It's been a while since I have finished this Nautie but I'd been lagging on the photos and sewing these eyes. (still not done) but here it is....The pattern was easy to follow but next time I might do a little less repetition of the rounds...and I think I overstuffed him a bit...you can see the stitches stretched a bit. My nautie was bigger than expected but a very cute pattern. It's going to a friend in Canada.

Nautie fabulousNautie w/o eyes

nifty nautie kitty knitting

i recently went on a short holiday that included more travel time than actual enjoyment. i must say that the only good thing about that is the fact that i wasn't doing any of the driving so i had plenty of knitting time.
result: several nauties that only had 14 extrememly tightly knitted repeats and were partially stuffed with catnip! all the little kitties that i visited on my little trip got nifty nautie pressies. they were a big hit! unfortunately i didn't get any pictures to put up, but hopefully my friends will send me one soon.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pink Nautie Sighting

And here is my Nautie, unfortunatly I picked the most unrealistic colours possible.

Poor thing has to live without eyes for a while. I like how it turned out, but I thought that the coil was a bit tedious at times. I will most likely knit many more anyway! :-D

Thursday, May 11, 2006

A Cornish Nautie

This Nautie was created whilst on my hols in Cornwall. I was lucky enough to get some AL de Sauveterre Whisper which is 100% Alpaca and this colourway is called Cornish Pixie therefore just had to be used for this project. I couldn't believe it when I then found some Rowan 4 ply soft which matched perfectly and the eyes just completed him perfectly. He's a perfect reminder of a great holiday and here where most of his body was knit.

Monday, May 08, 2006

more nauties

One blind one and One that isn't quite done

I love this pattern.

half done nautie

This is the third time I've cast on stitches to knit this Nautie. I actually like how the yarn (Noro) looks this time, so I'm sticking with it. Last two times I tried a teal colored cotton. I didn't collect the random stitch and curl up my shell as I worked along because I had to go back and sew together the beginning curly part; my I-cord was not taut enough. And my make ones weren't well thought out. There were gaps. It looked like a Nautie giving birth to something not Nautie.

I finished the shell. But It doesn't seem big enough or swirly enough. And I knitted six rounds of the head. But I'm taking a break. The Noro I used is rough on my index finger. Maybe using larger needles would help. These are US 3. I don't have two US 4 cirular needles to make it on. And DPNs are out of the question. Knitting with a thimble covering my finger felt odd. So, I'm taking a break and hope to finish its face and have better photos in a week or so. I'll post again then.

Will probably post here, but if not, you can catch the next one at bekka.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Just getting started

New to the KAL, here's my progress on my first nautie, I've just gotten started.

Pretty small so far. Already I can't wait to finish him and start another. More pics on my blog.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Meet Boco

Named by my son Jasper who thinks he is a snail. Jasper hasn't let go of Boco since I finished him.

Monday, May 01, 2006

New Nautie Picture

I finally got a new picture of my nautie in progress. Not much has changed on him though. I got sidetracked by my sweater, so now I'll start working on him again!