The situation in my living room has gone full-on Geppetto’s Workshop.
Soon I will be carving puppets out of wood.
But for the moment, I am devoting all toy-making energy toward finishing Alex the Mouse.
Could I help it we were fresh out of stuffing? So while I wait for an opening to run down to Purl Soho for a bag of organic artisanal toy innards, I am doing what I can, and what I can is the ears and the feet.
I gave in to the toy-finishing equivalent of eating dessert first, by starting with the ears.
The ears: an i-cord lover’s dream. So satisfying.
You will note that my ears cup a little bit. If you want them to be flatter, pick up more stitches along the edge as you work the i-cord. I wanted mine a bit curvy. The better for Alex to hear cats with.
The Stages of Kitchener
The ears were fun, but then I had to eat my vegetables and take on the task of grafting the live stitches at the top of the feet.
I went through all the stages of Kitchener stitch:
- Denial: I will put those stitches on a holder, just for a minute. I’ll graft them after I finish the two oversized sweaters I am going to cast on now.
- Anger: What the cuss! I can think of so many other ways to design these dang feet without recourse to Lord Kitchener’s cussing graft! Kitchener is mansplaining in the form of a knitting technique! Why aren’t the legs just small socks, with a pinhole cast-on at the toe, and a turned heel?
- Bargaining: I will look up that Russian join somebody told me about. Or, how about I just whipstitch those buggers and call Alex Frankenstein’s Mouse-ster?
- Depression: I don’t want to do the Russian join, either. Life has no meaning.
- Acceptance: [Looks up tried and true Kitchener tutorial.] [Performs Kitchener in 10 minutes with no problems.]
Help in Our Hour of Need
A word to my fellow travelers on the path to Rodentalong glory with Alex the Mouse: Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford have offered a most excellent port in the storm. Check out this blog post for a bonus video tutorial on how to join the ear parts with i-cord, plus designer Ella Austin’s map for assembling Alex the Mouse. Excellent tips on ear, eye, leg and arm placement, plus the sobering/encouraging news that Ella herself has to undo and redo parts of the finishing to get it just right.
What is the reward for Kitchenering two mouse feet? I’m thinking: cheese.