I’m fairly positive that you’ve heard the news by now that the Loom Knitter’s Circle E-zine has made an official re-launch for its Winter 2012 issue…can we hear a collective “Yay!”? This very informative, entertaining, project-filled publication has been sorely missed over the last year that it has not been in circulation. Well…it’s now back and better than ever! 😀 There are some amazing projects included, involving lace and mitts and sweaters, oh my! Even a brand new comic strip feature by my very own girlie, Megan! I’m so thrilled and bursting with pride for her rapidly expanding artistic abilities, as well as her quirky sense of humor, which shines in all the expressive faces and situations in which her funny little characters find themselves. 🙂 You truly must check it out and leave a comment to help encourage her to keep ’em coming, lol!
One of the projects included in this issue is my very own Mr. Wobbles Penguin. Isn’t he just the cutest thing? I simply love him! I find that I have been having a terrific time lately bringing fun amigurumi-type personalities to life. 🙂 First we had Koby the Striped Kitty, the Silly Sidewinder Snake, and the Crazy Caterpillar (all featured in Loom Knitting for Little People)…now we’ll be having fun with this cold weather companion…this sweet little fuzzy-flippered guy.
Mr. Wobbles was created using the new Luxe Fur Yarn by Lion Brand. This is a type of chenille yarn, but let me tell you, it’s much easier to work with than the usual variety. This yarn seems stronger than most chenille yarns (but still be careful, as it will break if pulled on too hard!), and it doesn’t have the usual shedding issues that normally happens when working with chenille. Both off these are big pluses in my book! 🙂 The fur itself is not quite as velvety as a chenille, most likely from it’s 48% wool content (which is awesome!), but is just the perfect thing for making the body of our penguin and is still oh-so soft and pet-able.
The flippers, beak and feet of Mr. Wobbles were created with one of my favorite go-to crafting yarns, Vanna’s Choice. Just a little FYI: if you’d like to make the flippers in the fuzzy Luxe Fur Yarn, you’ll actually need to purchase 2 skeins of the darker color, as there just isn’t enough in one skein to squeak out the two flippers as well as the body. 😉
Exciting News! We’re going to be hosting some loom-alongs around the web during the month of February to help you make your own Mr. Wobbles…he’s just dying to come and live with you! Here are the places you can join in and loom along with us:
The complete pattern for Mr. Wobbles Penguin can be found at the Loom Knitter’s Circle, which will be posted online until the new issue is released in the Spring. Be sure to purchase the PDF version, so that you’ll have all that great information all for your very own…it’s perfect for printing out the patterns you’ll be currently working on, as well.
Here are the materials you will need for the project:
The Martha Stewart Crafts Knit and Weave Loom was used for the sample. The sections which create a “D” shape of 26 large gauge pegs were used, while skipping every other hole.
To create this penguin on a similar loom, you would need a large gauge loom of at least 26 pegs. The Knifty Knitter pink or yellow long looms, with added loom clips, are recommended as alternatives.
44 yards each of Super Bulky #6 in two penguin colors; Luxe Fur by Lion Brand in charcoal and ivory were used in sample.
Approx 75 yards of Worsted Weight #4 in feet/beak color; approx 1/2 skein of Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in mustard was used in sample.
Approx 20 yards of Worsted Weight #4 in flipper color; approx 1/8th skein of Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in dark grey heather was used in sample.
Tapestry Needle, Knitting Tool, Crochet Hook, Knitting Marking Pins, Fiberfill Stuffing, Queen Size Pantyhose/Stockings, Two ½” Button Eyes.
Hope you can join us!