Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Punky



Here's Punky's first photo! ! ! ! 
Knit with my very own hand-dyed yarn.
Punky's body is acid dyed,
beak and claws Kool-ade dyed,
legs Wilton's Cake Icing dyed.
Top knot is a combo of knitted I-cord and gift ribbon and eyes are buttons.

note to self:  Next knitted toy - NO CLAWS ! ! ! !

Punky's little buddie is a Bunny Nugget.



This week I've been knitting Punky
 and
Sheldon and Leonard

This is a fun, fun knit.
Designed by Wendy D Johnson
She's made provisions in the pattern for this to be knit by weight rather than yardage.
I know I must use 500 yards for this Challenge.
I'm using two separate colors 
at approx 116 and 119 grams each 
and 360 yds each.
Doing the math so that my project doesn't use all seven hundred twenty yards
 but rather a bit more than the 500 yd requirement.

Worked sideways 
this shawl takes 25% of the 500+ yds for the increase side, 
50% of the 500+ for the body and the remaining 25% for the decrease side.
I've knit almost 75% right now.
I told you it's fun!  I ♥ it.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mom and I

She's very much in my thoughts today

 August 7, 1915  -  October 19, 1999


hugs


27 comments:

  1. That project turned out so well! I'm also impressed by how many different types of dye processes you used. They all work together so well. I also love the deep blue colorway of the shawl, very pretty!

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    1. Oh, Ivy, those claws. So darn fiddly. But I got out the dpns and gritted my teeth though them.

      I, too, ♥♥♥ that lapis blue/

      stay cool, gal

      hugs

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  2. Punky is adorable Gerry, I really love the top knot and bow.
    Your mother and my one and only grand share the same birthday. :)
    My father's birthday is Friday, he would have been 76. He has been
    gone for 15 years now and I still miss him a lot. My mom will turn
    70 on the 16th. August is a great month for birthday's it seems.

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    1. Punky's pattern sez "Rooster" however, Punky is pretty darn pink. :^)

      Oh, My Gosh, Tracey. August is THE BIRTHDAY MONTH! ! !
      I know now, there's nothing like a mother's love.

      hugs

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  3. Ooooh! I adore Punky, so fun and colourful! Bless your Mum! Rachael xo

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    1. Punky is a cutie and definitely not a Rooster

      Thank you for your blessing, Rachael.

      Thanks for visiting

      hugs

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  4. Love the pic of you and your Mother.
    Cute little Punky.

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    1. Actually, it was the last time we were together.
      Glad Ron thought to capture the moment.
      hugs

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  5. Hi Gerry,

    Punky is just adorable! I can't believe the amount of work you went to in all the colors you used to dye up the yarn. What a beautiful job and the colors are so vibrant. I love it! Your shawl is knitting up beautifully as well. I love to see your progress.

    Such a sweet picture of you and your Mom.

    Lori

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    1. Hey, Lori, thanks for finding my blog.
      {since you've signed in 'anon' I'll be cc:ing this to your email}

      All the dye sessions were lessons in dyeing, I wanted to be able to dye 'like the big girls' and figured baby steps were the way.
      However, now that I am dyeing using acid dyes [the big girls' dye] I've found that the procedure and the possibility of staining my kitchen is no different whether I was using Kool-Ade, Wilton's Cake Icing or acid dye.
      As soon as Camp Loopy is completed. I'll bring out the dyepot.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

      hugs

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  6. Lovey picture of two beautiful ladies. (Thank you, Ron!)
    Punky and Bunny are a cute, cute pair.
    Love the vibrant blue of Sheldon and Leonard.
    As usual, you are an inspiration to many.

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    1. 'morning, A.M.,
      thanks for stopping by,
      and thanks so much for your lovely comments.
      hugs♥

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  7. Found your blog....
    Love your projects.
    I know how poignant birthdays can be, so my thoughts are with you & your family. B

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    1. Becky, what a nice surprize ! Thanks for finding my blog and especially thanks for commenting.
      I love that we have both knitting and sewing in common.
      hugs

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  8. Looks like Punky had a sex change. Hope the modification for him wasn't too stressful 8^). I like him/her with the pink accent. I think you should knit some pink claws to match (just kidding!!!). Those claws look like a real challenge for sure. What a lovely photo of you and your Mom. Both beautiful women, in my opinion. I totally understand that these days are still difficult no matter how many years have passed. Remember the happy times.

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    1. I've just the yarn for that, Dianna, it called Claw Pink
      I'll supply you with DPNs so that you can jump right on knitting Punky some for a new pedicure ! ! ! LOL LOL
      There;s nothing like a Mother's love.
      hugs

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  9. Forgot to say that the blue shawl is looking good. When you use a pattern by WJ you can't go wrong.

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    1. I'm in total agreement
      Wendy D Johnson is a knit designer/knitting GENIUS ! ! !

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  10. Oh Gerry....Punky is sooooo stinkin cute! And gee, with all the food you used to dye her parts, if ya get hungry you could just eat her! LOL!!! The shawl is really pretty, too....although I don't understand all that knitting math and stuff! But who cares, I still enjoy seeing what you're doing!

    Sending you a great big ((hug)) as you remember your mom. They just never really leave us, do they?

    Love ya,

    Cyndi

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    1. Well, Cyndi, we know we won't let Noah get close to her. NOM NOM

      I'm with you on that percentage knitting, but in this case it'll keep me from having to knit all 720 yards of this yarn rather than the 500+ that is the requirement. :^) I may be knittin' mad, but I ain't crazy! !

      hugs

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  11. Oooh, Punky is so wild and adorable! I like her multi-colored body. :-)

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    1. You know, Tami, I had a orange/red/yellow yarn out since forever to use on Punky. This was a last minute switch to my own hand-dyed pinks yarn

      She was such a fun one to knit.

      Love hearing from you

      hugs

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  12. Its coffee break time and that means GerryART time!! Punky is adorable and I love the colour combo. Thank you for your kind words regarding my shawl knitting. Its fun, but I'm starting to get the sweater itch, so I think I will be switching gears as soon as CL2012 comes to a close. Of course, have to do the Stripe Sock KAL with Knitabulls in Sept.

    I love the picture of your Mum. I am super close to mine and she is turning 78 this year! Still knitting up a storm! Gotta love our Mums who are forever in our hearts, no matter what.
    Hugs, veelau

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    1. Something other than shawls, veelau, I'll join you. However, aside from my Intagliata Pullover, sox are going to become pretty darn active on my needle. Yep, You and I will be KALing together in Diane's Sept KAL. Not certain what I'll be using.

      Heck, your mum is still young, gal. And, yes, they are forever in our hearts.

      hugs

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  13. Punky is CUTE ! ! BOY your hair sure was LONG ! !

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    1. Yep! it was, wasn't it.
      I had to go look at the photo

      hugs

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  14. LOVE PUNKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, seeing you with long hair...priceless!!!

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