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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

FO, Tototo TP cover




Yarn: Cascade 220, Red Heart
Pattern: made up on the fly
Needles: 13

I crocheted a base to fit my toilet papaer roll using Red Heart.. I cast on 72 stitches and knit back and forth. I would loved to knit in the round intarsia is impossible in the round. I felted it until it seemed it would be too small if I went on. He came out shaped like a large bell. The white Cascade did not felt as much. I gathered the bottom and sewed it to the crocheted cover, and ending up have to take a big tuck in the back and around his tail. I stuffed him with fiberfill. His face is needle felted on. I watched to make the smile with the big teeth, but he looked rather mean, and Totoro is not ever mean.

This retirement life seems to suit me for now. I'm cleaning bit by bit and purging a few things. My retirement company has still not sent me my information but my financial planner took me to lunch at the Outrigger Canoe Club. It is a wonderful spot on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. It was an outrageously beautiful day and I ate a wonderful hamburger with bacon, mushrooms and caramelized onions. Malabrigo and Ultra Totoro went home with him for his daughter.




Thanks again for all the comments!

10 comments:

Jennifer said...

That's too cute!

blogless michelle said...

if only they were filming more episodes of knitty gritty, i'd encourage you to make a demo tape of yourself instructing us on how to make that tp cover! it's fantastic! did you see that his movie will be shown at haa in the near future? i might have to finally check it out to get a handle on this character...

Opal said...

*cute overload*

i love the shots from the outrigger too!

Jennifer said...

The mean face was quite an appropriate expression for someone forced to be a toilet roll cover. Best wishes for a healthy retirement.

k-brow said...

Love the Totoro! Knitting him was one of my knitting resolutions, for 2008 - any pattern recommendations? I need his happy outlook.

Nice pix of your luxury lunch view. This retirement thing is working out well.

beadlizard said...

Hilarious!

So glad you're Totoro-ing. -syl

nova said...

I think retirement suits you nicely!

ellen said...

Oh, my goodness...I think I found you through weebug. I was born on Oahu, lived on Heulu street when it was just a bunch of old homes, later moved to Manoa...way, way up there at the end of the valley when no one lived there, my daddy worked in the bank at Waikiki, we went to the Outrigger. You have to realize this was so long ago. When my parents were born there, Waikiki was a swamp.I miss it so much, but not what it is now. So much fun to read about what you are doing.

Sandee Yo! said...

That would make a CUTE hat!!! MUST. HAVE. PATTERN! Whinnnnnneeee! :-)

myra said...

Ack! I looove the totoro tp cover! Sigh, yet another reason why I desperately need to learn to knit...