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Old 07-08-2007, 08:04 PM   #11
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I start one today! I read through the pattern and decided maybe it wasn't so good for vacation knitting because of the extra notions needed (ie. cotton batting, eyes, etc.) and because so much of it is made in seperate pieces, I could just see myself losing something. So I started now and depending how it goes, I might finish it before vacation or otherwise it will wait till I'm home.

I'm using stash Patons Decor (wool/acrylic blend) which is not a DK weight but of course with a size 3 needle it makes a very tight fabric which should be fine for stuffing. My Sheldon might just end up a bit bigger than supposed to!
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:36 PM   #12
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I think somebody needs to knit a sheldon for Sheldon!

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Old 07-08-2007, 10:04 PM   #13
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I started my first sheldon yesterday ... I'm using Sinfonia cotton and size 3 needles. Lime green for the body... maybe some bright orange for the shell... I'm a little scared of that part... I've never done color work
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:35 PM   #14
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Today is my cast on day!!

I never stick to the recommended weights and gauges generally because I'm too cheap to spend much money on yarn and needles unless it's absolutely necessary. Therefore, I am using some red heart super saver worsted weight in frosty green for the body and #2 dpns. I knitted a gauge swatch and it actually was almost exactly right.

For the shell I got some nice dark green yarn that came in a plstic bag. The bag said that it ways made from "mill ends" or something like that, but it seems like it is strong and it's actually nice and soft. The only problem is that, though it is also worsted weight, it is slightly finer than my main color, so we'll see if this leads to a tight fitting shell (I don't have any other size dpn other than 2). Knitting the way I do (which means knitting without following the rules ) often leads to some interesting experimentation.

I'll let you know how it goes ...

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Old 07-09-2007, 09:43 PM   #15
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This is so fun!! My Sheldon body is done, and I gotta say any of my neighbours who saw me taking this picture outside this evening must think I'm losing my mind!
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awwww... he is so cute!
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He looks like a cute little green peanut with eyes!

What did you use for the eyes by the way?

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I just went to Wal-Mart and looked in their craft section and these were called 'Bear Eyes'. They are 12mm size so a little bigger than the ones in the pattern, and not plain black but I think they totally work. They were so cheap, like $1.50 for 3 pairs of eyes or something like that.
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I meant to say as well - a tip: it is manageable to stuff the body once it's nearly finished, but because the neck is much narrower than the body or the head I think it would be a good idea to stuff it as you go if you have the materials handy. The stuffing was the most challenging part for me. Mine does have a bit of a pointy face, but I just couldn't stuff anymore in. You end off with only 6 stitches and THEN it says to finish stuffing the face and it is next to impossible to get stuffing into such a small hole.
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I stuffed mine as I went on the body as well. I made my nose very pointy on purpose... I have a thing for snapping turtles, they always look happy.
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