Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Reveal Part 2

Ok, so remember this?

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It was also a baby gift for Val.

But I forgot to take a picture of the FULL finished project!

It's a little stuffed jingle-bellbelly shark knit from my handspun from the book World of Knitted Toys.

You can go on The Place That Shall Not Be Named and check out what other people have done with that pattern if you're really a.) bored and b.) really give that much of a crap to see what I've been knitting.

Now time for a partially related segue..

...remember these?

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They are for an attorney at work who is expecting a little girl in August. I couldn't just give him and his wife a simple pair of booties. I needed a little something else.

Enter the World of Knitted Toys!

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Yikes. Ok. So the panda looks a little weird there.

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Karen! North Jersey Peas!

The stats:

Pattern: Panda from World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dalmeny

Yarn: Red Heart Designer Sport in Ivory and Black

Needles: US 3

Notes: I didn't modify this pattern at all. I wish I had. His legs are a bit um, long. Next time around I think knitting a black stripe at the shoulder area would make him seem more panda-y.

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But all in all, I like him. He's cute.

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And my review of the book? I originally checked it out of the library when I learned it had a shark pattern. After seeing the panda pattern, and knitting it, I fell in love and ordered a used copy for $6.

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Hee hee!

Now here's the weird thing.

After I finished sewing these booties and as I was knitting the panda something occurred to me.

The attorney I'm giving these to is Chinese. Part of the reason I'm even giving him a present (He's a 6th floor attorney, I don't really know too many of the 6th floor attorneys very well--I'm a 5th floorer. We're very floor-centric!) is because I got to know him before we hired him. My Big Boss is the HR partner and we did a lot of the legwork to get this guy his working Visa.

This isn't like knitting a baseball and apple pie for an expecting American couple in China is it????

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I just thought pandas are cute!!!!

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27 Comments:

Blogger Rebel said...

If someone gave me a baseball and apple pie right now, I would probably kiss them and start crying. But that's me... I'm a wee bit homesick at the moment.

Everyone likes pandas.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute booties and panda. I'm sure they will love their gifts. Love, Aunt Susan

9:53 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

The panda is adorable! Every time I visit your site, I wish I could knit ;).

Oh, and your peas look awesome! Mine are starting to set pods. It's pretty awesome ;).

10:02 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Well, as I learned from Lost...mecca of all things wordly, it's good luck to give Panda's to newly born children of um, Chinese diplomats, or something. :).

Really though? The booties are super cute and the matchy matchy is awesome...much better than given them a baseball cap or, um an "iPood" baby-T as maybe I've done in the recent past... :)

10:23 PM  
Blogger SAM said...

Definately cute Panda and booties! Peas...sigh, I love them!!

10:54 PM  
Blogger SiressYorkie said...

Did I send you that book in a swap? I used to have that same one.

Or maybe I still do, and it's downstairs somewhere...urk.

Either way, cute panda! Well done! And I like the wee slippers.

1:49 AM  
Blogger Shrinky Inky said...

adorable! You make such cute things and I am sure they will love them for their little one :)

6:32 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

Racialist!

no i kid. i think it's fine. if you gave them a fortune cookie or something, that might be bad.

oh, and i hate to tell you this, but you really need a rotary cutter. precision in quilting is really important. i've also heard you should spend more and get a good quality one. i'm thinking of taking the latter advice myself.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Pandas shouldn't be a problem. Now, if you had gone and gotten a completely Hellp Kitty theme...well, that would have been bad.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Yeah, umm, I mean Hello Kitty, not Hellp Kitty.

*sigh*

7:50 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

LMAO @ knottygnome...fortune cookie!!

I think the panda theme is quite cute. I wouldn't worry about it.

And North Jersey peas!! Do you have stakes for the pot? I was told they get way out of control (and climb), and by looking at my garden, they have. But I love it. :)

8:08 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

What a cute little set! I love the booties and the panda. I like that they are tied together with the panda theme too. I'm sure he will love them!

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! how could anyone not like that panda? And the little booties are sooooo cute!
I agree with Knottygnome...You need a rotary cutter and mat. If any of your friends have one try them out...I have a bent handle one that I just cannot use!! Just remember that even though you tell your loved ones they are sharp they will play with them and cut themselves. When they slink out of your sewing area without a word you know they are going to bandage up the cut they just gave themselves.
Love, Mom

8:16 AM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

I hate to say it, but though the panda is cute as a bug's ear, it kinda looks like a pot bellied piggy to me. Which are very cute anyway.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Stickyfingers said...

Erk! I have been hit with an attack of the cuties!!

Adorable.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I think he looks like a little pig :) Either way, he's cute.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I love the knitted panda. so cute!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Adorable!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

He is a cutie and I don't see how anyone could be offended. I'm sure he'll take it in the spirit in which you intended it.

1:02 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

SOOOOOO cute! I think they'll be thrilled.

4:37 PM  
Blogger jpknits said...

The panda legs might seem long now, but think about little hands clasping onto them. Perfect.

Saw a little one on an airplane with a cloth critter - a critter with impossibly long legs -- and as I saw it in play, I thought it was brilliant, usable design.

Very cute gift.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

LOL, that's ironic about the pandas! I think the booties and panda are adorable, and I think any new parent would appreciate them.

5:22 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Both the slippers and the panda are adorable - although I do think the panda looks a little like a dog or a pig or something. But he's extremely cute nonetheless!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

Oooh, cute! Love the panda and the slippers.

7:57 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

LOL, I wouldn't have even made that China-panda theme together if you hadn't pointed it out. Just don't gift them in a take-out box and you should be fine. ;)

The panda is very cute, long legs and all!

11:47 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

That is funny...but would have went right over my head had you not mentioned. The panda is adorable.

12:55 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Wow am I behind! How cute is that Panda? I wouldn't worry about the nationality of the recipient. It's just too stinkin' cute!

8:42 PM  

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