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The Start of a Collection!

I’ve got guitars on the mind!  It’s sort of funny because I’ve never played electric guitar and I only have extremely rudimentary acoustic guitar skills – that I haven’t exercised in over 10 years.  As usual, though, I’m fascinated by shapes.  Just as I’m not an expert in cars or planes but still love to look at them and ponder their construction, guitars and instruments are the same way.  So, I’ve been trying to turn some of those fascinating designs into soft toys.  On Monday, I shared my rendition of the Gibson Flying V.  Today, I’m sharing my version of the Gibson Explorer:

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Let me tell you, this one wasn’t a walk in the park!  All those points and angles going off in different directions proved to be a challenge.  This was the third version after a lot of math, redesigning and general pulling out of hair – lucky I’ve got lots of it 🙂  It’s not quite a perfect match for the Explorer – it’s much more stout, but I was trying to keep it in line with the size of my Flying V.  I love it anyway – and I guess the fact that it’s not really an Explorer means that I get to give it some cool model name!  My mind is blank right now however, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment!

As with the Flying V, this guitar is about a foot tall.

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I’ve had a request from a friend to work on a bass guitar, so that’s probably where I’ll go next!  Stay tuned!

Have a great day!

What I’m Knitting Today – Spaceships!

Designing knitted toys is a process.  I may have an idea in my head of how to create something, but often the execution isn’t so simple.  Being a perfectionist doesn’t help sometimes!  Usually, at some point in my work, I have to go back and knit a section over again because I feel the shaping isn’t right or that there’s a better way of doing things.  Case-in-point, in my large space shuttle toy, I redid the wing shaping three times before I was satisfied!

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However, when I am finally satisfied, there’s nothing quite like that feeling of having something materialize as you envisioned it – a toy that starts from nothing and becomes something with infinite possibility for the creative mind.

Today I’m working on more spaceships – of the video game kind.  This is the fighter ship from the Galaxian/Galaga video games:

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As usual, it’s a little larger than I initially set out to make it, but as I said, knitting pattern design rarely goes off without a hitch.  That being said, I think I do like it at this 4 inch size, and I will probably work on designing a larger model for more active play.  Also, I think I’ll look into making the alien ships from the game as well!  I think I could also modify this design somewhat and try to make the ship from the Buck Rogers “Planet of Zoom” video game that I played a lot as a child.  I think even people who aren’t necessarily familiar with the particular games themselves will enjoy such models because they’re fantastic examples of creative sci-fi design.  Somehow these types of fictional spacecraft manage to look both retro and futuristic at the same time!

Stay tuned for more of my adventures in knitted toy design!  Don’t forget about the special blog readers’ discount in my shop through the end of the month.  Use coupon code DFKBLOG1 at checkout for 20% off your order!  The NASA space shuttle pictured above is just one item you could get for yourself (or as a special gift) using this discount!

Have a great day!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/drfrankknits

New Shop Item!

Want your own Dalek desk dolls?  Mini Daleks are now available in my shop!  They come in a set of 3.  You may request custom colors if you’d like.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195962792/hand-knit-mini-doctor-who-dalek?

I’m working on making a smaller version of my large Adam-12 Police Car.  I still need to play around with it a bit, but it’s pretty darn cute.

You can check out the large police car here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192724154/knitted-adam-12-police-car?ref=shop_home_active_12

Remember that tomorrow is Free Pattern Friday – so be sure to check back here tomorrow to get your free pattern.  There just might be a few more bonus items to thank you for reading, too!

Have a great day!

Space Shuttles!

Mini Space Shuttle toys are now available at DrFrankKnits!  They’re available with or without a keychain attachment and can easily be converted into a Christmas or other ornament if the desire arises!  They measure about 3 inches tall and 3 inches long … and they also come with a free Saturn ornament to complete the look!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195851013/hand-knit-mini-space-shuttle-stuffed?ref=shop_home_active_1

If you like these mini shuttles, you’ll also love my interactive large shuttle model!  It has retractable landing gear!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/191908670/hand-knit-space-shuttle-stuffed-toy?ref=shop_home_active_12

As with all my toys, these are my original designs and are fully hand-knitted by me!

If you’re like me, and have been in love with outer space and space science for as long as you can remember, these are definitely items you don’t want to miss out on!  Check out the above links and http://www.etsy.com/shop/drfrankknits for more info!

Daleks!

Please welcome the newest members of the DrFrankKnits small model family:  The Daleks!  Watch out, though.  They just might EXTERMINATE you with cuteness!

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 I think I will work on making these available for sale in the near future.  They stand on their own, so they’d make a great desk ornament – but I’ll probably offer them with an option of a keychain as well.  They’re a little over 3 inches tall.

I made a larger Dalek model some time ago, but the endless bobbles on the lower section drove me nuts … so this smaller model with a seed-stitch type lower section is much more doable.

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 In truth, I’ve only seen a handful of the older Doctor Who episodes, so I’m not the greatest authority on the subject.  I’ve always thought that I should be a rabid fan of the show, but never seemed to get caught up in it.  However, I know the show continues to be very popular so I’m going to try to make a point to catch some of the newer stuff soon!

I hope the tiny Daleks made your day – keep an eye out here for more news and information on these and other cute softies!

What’s Going On This Week!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

The tiny retro ray guns are finally available in my shop.  You can get them with or without a keychain attachment.  The colors shown are ready-to-ship, but feel free to request any color!  Also, if you want more than one, there’s a listing for buying 3 at a time for a special price!  These are definitely one of my favorite items!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195578426/hand-knit-retro-style-mini-ray-gun?

and

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195579966/hand-knit-retro-style-mini-ray-gun?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Also going on this week:  I’m working on writing up a new pattern for the shop.  Can you guess what this is going to be?  It should be ready to go before the end of the week, so you won’t have to wait too long to find out!

Another feature I’m introducing this week is “Free Pattern Fridays.”  Ideally, I’d like to have a new quick-to-knit free pattern available every Friday … though that might be a little ambitious.  However, even so, I hope to at least have 2 per month!  To that end, if you ever have any ideas for things you’d like to see on Free Pattern Fridays please let me know!  This Friday’s item is super-adorable, so make sure to follow me so you don’t miss out!

Have a wonderful day!

Happy 4th of July!

 

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It’s Independence Day, which also means it’s pie day around these parts!  Of course, don’t confuse this Pie Day with that other Pi Day.  Well, actually, if I had my druthers (and a faster metabolism) everyday would be Pie Day!  It’s my favorite dessert.  Particularly apple pie, but, really, I never met a pie flavor I didn’t like.  How many people can say they’ve traveled 5 hours, one way, just to go to a place called Pie Town?  Not many, I would guess.  Sure, I make a pie just as good at home, but it’s the principle of the thing!  I remember my mother asking why I didn’t just go to Rock Springs Pie Café 30 minutes away in Black Canyon City.  I just shook my head, and thought to myself, “If she has to ask that question, she’ll never understand the answer.”  Anyway, I never understood the buzz surrounding that place.  I don’t care for their pies at all.

Lately, I’ve taken to making empanadas, or hand pies … whatever you choose to call them.  A) because I’m never serving a large crowd these days and B) because they’re easy to store and freeze exceptionally well for those unexpected cravings.  Sure, I can’t dump a truckload of streusel on top of them … hmm, actually, I think I still could.  Note to self: try that next time 😀 .

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Anyway, that’s what I’m up to today: baking apple empanadas.  I wish the lighting for my pictures was better, but Phoenix, AZ picked this one day to be overcast 😀   If I actually used a recipe for these, I’d be happy to give it to you, but I’m notorious for “winging it.”  I chop some apples, add some sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and some lemon juice, then simmer it all until the apples are tender.  After that, I thicken it with a little cornstarch slurry, then let it cool.  My pie crust is the classic Crisco crust – and before you get all hoity-toity and demand to know why not butter, I have to say that butter crusts just don’t do it for me.  They’re never flaky enough.  And heck, have you seen the price of butter these day?  Ridiculous.  Roll, fill, egg wash, sugar and bake.  Easy as … well, pie!

Going along with the discussion of pie, I made pie softies some time ago for my shop – and it’s probably about time I released a pattern for them, too!  I’ll definitely keep you apprised of that here in the coming weeks, and check out the finished product at https://www.etsy.com/listing/184210513/small-knitted-pie-softies-individual?ref=shop_home_feat_4 !

Food, parties, memories, friends, family and good times are definitely All-American things … things that our unique freedoms allow us to enjoy.  So, I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing day enjoying all of those things!

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