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I made a toy for my nephew's 3d birthday. Despite his getting a mountain of other gifts, including a doll house and an OLPC computer, he actually played with the puppet a few times without being prompted, which made me happy.

Here's the Ravelry page for those of you who have drunk the Koolaid:

It's based on Manta Ray by Brigitte Read on the roman sock blog.
Size G hook
Yarn: The underside is bulky wool handspun by [ profile] kiyowaramiyuki. The topside is Plymouth Outback Wool, colorway "Multibright". Both were acquired at yarn swaps.

Pattern modifications:

* I embroidered on eyes rather than sewing on safety eyes (didn't have any safety eyes, and thought it would be safer for a 3 year old)
* I didn't use internal pipecleaners (again, thought they might not be entirely safe for a 3-year-old)
* The crochetwork was kind of open and I thought stuffing would show. So I made it into a handpuppet rather than stuffing. There is a side benefit that it is more interactive this way.
* I attached the two halves with single crochet rather than sewing. (I suck at sewing.)
* I crocheted the mouth piece rather than sewing in a piece of felt. (I suck at sewing.)

manta ray puppet

manta ray puppet being worn

manta ray puppet, bottom

This might be my last crochet project, since I discovered while doing it that I'm now faster at knitting than crochet.

Date: 1 Apr 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love it! That is so cute!

Date: 1 Apr 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
ext_6381: (hyperbolic crochet)
From: [identity profile]
I'm pretty sure I knit faster than I crochet, but I tend to switch between techniques depending on the qualities I think the project needs. And I have to remember to join ravelry. I think I'm having problems about the user name thing.

Re: manta ray hand puppet

Date: 1 Apr 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
ext_481: origami crane (Default)
From: [identity profile]
*nod*. same here; i knit much faster -- except when ii do complicated patterns. but especially when it comes to freeform, i prefer crochet by a large margin because i can make it up as i go along with each stitch instead of planning ahead.

cute manta ray! and i like the idea of making it a hand puppet.

Re: manta ray hand puppet

Date: 2 Apr 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
ext_481: origami crane (Default)
From: [identity profile]
i wonder about this one. yeah, if you were to stuff it, then knitting seems like the way to go. but as a hand puppet, the fabric really needs to be more stiff, no? and crochet will create a stiffer fabric from the same yarn. it looks like it has just about the right stiffness as it is now.

i love the tail, too. *heh*.

Date: 2 Apr 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
ext_6381: (hyperbolic crochet)
From: [identity profile]
It's a problem particular to me - I've sort of had two online presences, this one and my birthname, and I'm finding it harder to keep them separated, and I guess I've also got to decide if I want to keep them separated. Anyway, ravelry falls squarely between.

Oh, and now I've had a look at the original manta ray pattern, I think you improved it by making it a handpuppet. Very clever, and it really adds something.

Date: 1 Apr 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Who's a cute little manta ray? Who's a cute little manta ray? Yes, you are. Oh yes you are! :)

PS - Just noticed your journal's name change. :) :) :)

Date: 1 Apr 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
ailbhe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ailbhe
SO COOL. Also, impressed that you realise that playing with it without prompting is the key. That's a big deal!

Date: 1 Apr 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is adorable! :)

Date: 1 Apr 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Here comes the manta ray!

Date: 1 Apr 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I *love* that puppet!

I knit faster than I crochet because I can't crochet. Or I should say, haven't taken the time to relearn it, which I should do, since some knitted patterns have really cool crochet edging.

Date: 2 Apr 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I always embroider features rather than sew things on. Kids are just too good at taking stuff off. That's a cute pattern!

Date: 2 Apr 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's so cute and cuddly and just nifty. :)

Date: 2 Apr 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very cute! Great gift for a three year old.

Date: 3 Apr 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's one cool, gorgeous manta ray!


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