With all the pride in the world, we introduce:
Alex the Mouse, the new project in A Year of Techniques.
It is her animals that make us particularly crazy—Ella has figured out the mechanics of stuffed toys that are clever in construction and use of color. We hope you’ll join us as we embark on unprecedented territory at MDK: the making of limbs, ears, torsos, and heads.
A handknit with a face. Alex is 14 inches tall, so he’s a wonderfully cuddly size. (Note: this is an ear-to-toe measurement. Tail length is going to be up to you.)
Ears with unusually colorful bits.
Alex even has the swirly back of the head that babies have.
All over this mouse, you’ll notice a number of places where there’s a center dot from which stitches increase outward. That’s the technique that AYOT ringleader Jen Arnall-Culliford teaches in the tutorial above: the pinhole cast on, also known as Emily Ocker’s cast on. Elegant! Cool! Semi-magical! We had no idea!
How to Get in on This Adorable Project
- Get the pattern. If you have already bought your Year of Techniques ebook, this new pattern has been delivered to your Ravelry library, ready to go. If you need to buy your Year of Techniques ebook, head over to Arnall-Culliford Knitwear where you can purchase your ebook and/or print copy of A Year of Techniques—it includes 12 patterns for the whole program.
- Get the yarn. Part of the fun with A Year of Techniques is discovering new yarns. We have just stocked the MDK Shop with Alex kits (here you go), which feature Coop Knits Socks Yeah! We have to say, it’s not like any sock yarn we’ve seen. There’s a subtle marl to it that really makes for an excellent stuffed mouse toy. No finer stuffed mouse toy yarn, truly. If you’re jonesing to make a stuffed mouse toy, this is the stuff.
- Join the conversation. Conversation about this month’s project commences immediately over in the Lounge: “Technique Number 3: Pinhole Cast On” and in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group discussion.
In our weekly Snippets email newsletter last week, we held a little contest to guess what Project 3 would be. Many folks guessed stuffed toy (the hint that the project was “adorable” apparently helped). The winner drawn randomly from the correct guesses is: dbukko. dbukko will receive a free kit of Socks Yeah! yarn to make Alex the Mouse. (dbukko, we’ll be in touch soon!)
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With that, I’m ditching out to go make my first-ever pinhole cast on.