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:
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.
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!
I’m usually pretty easily distracted. When something comes up that inspires me, or an idea materializes out of the creative mess that is my brain, sometimes I just have to follow it for fear that the inspiration and excitement will be too ethereal to hold on to for any length of time. That happened this weekend when I started thinking about music and found myself with the desire to knit a guitar. So, I toyed around a bit with some design ideas. I knew I wanted to do some sort of fancy-shaped, edgy electric guitar, so my first thought was the famous Gibson Flying V. My initial attempt was good, but not great:
The neck was too floppy, the shaping not quite right, and I didn’t really like the way the strings were done. Since I try to make toys that kids of all ages can play with, I didn’t want to simply make the strings in one long piece for fear that it might be a strangulation hazard for very young children, so I tried doing smaller straight stitches, but they looked too disjointed. So, I went back to the drawing board and made everything a bit smaller to solve the problem of the floppy neck and embroidered the strings with one long strand, addressing the strangulation hazard by locking them in place with a few tiny stitches along the length of the strings. That did the trick, and the second version came out thoroughly rockin’!
It’s about 12 inches tall, so definitely not a full-sized guitar but still fun to look at! The best part about it is that I can go all Pete Townshend with it and have absolutely no worries! I’ve started working on some other guitar designs, since electric guitars come in so many awesome shapes. I’m hoping to have a collection of patterns for the Flying V and other guitars in the near future, and the toys themselves will definitely be available on Etsy soon! Of course, I also need to get back to the task-at-hand of writing up and photographing the patterns for the next vehicle set! Like I said, I’m easily distracted!
Have a great Monday!
Social media is an amazing thing – it allows us to connect with people we’d never have met otherwise, and can reconnect us with people we never thought we’d see again. For me, one of those people was an old Jr. High and High School Friend that I hadn’t seen in over 15 years. We reconnected on Facebook and realized that we’re still just as crazy as we were back then!
I often put pictures of my knitted toys up on my personal Facebook page for my friends to see. On a recent picture I posted, this dear friend made a very random reference (or par-reference, I suppose) to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Movie by asking if I was building an Interocitor. For those unfamiliar with this term, it’s a machine used in the 1955 movie “This Island Earth” which was featured in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie. Within the plot of the movie, this device was sent unassembled to scientists to test their abilities.
Well, being the silly person I am, this comment put the seed in my head – I must KNIT an Interocitor! So, that’s exactly what I did!
I know, I know … I’m sure everyone wants one now, but this is likely going to be a one-off and not for sale. It was one of those knits that drove me nuts – looks relatively simple, but the shaping was difficult to achieve. I think one of my dreams is to have an exhibit somewhere of these types of crazy toys that no one else will ever think of knitting!
If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth checking out. And if you haven’t seen Mystery Science Theater 3000 … well, I command you to check that show out NOW! I’m pretty sure that YouTube has every episode, and likely the movie, too. For those curious, my shop’s name is actually a reference to Mystery Science Theater – a friend of mine would always mix up the names of the two Mad Scientists from the show: Dr. Forrester and TV’s Frank. She wound up mashing them together, and over time that evolved into my own nickname. I hardly ever hear my real name anymore!
Have a wonderfully silly day!!
One of my favorite things to knit are vehicles. I think I’ve always had something of a fascination with classic cars – many of them were truly works of art. I think they must have had actual designers that worked on cars in those days … people who really took an interest in how they looked. Most cars these days will get you where you’re going, but they aren’t going to win any beauty contests!
I borrowed a bunch of large die-cast vehicles from a friend of mine to use as inspiration for my toys. Aren’t they just wonderful?!
About a month back, I designed a classic Chevy Corvette, like the kind they used in the TV show “Route 66” … I haven’t decided whether I’ll sell the model yet, since it was quite difficult to knit, but I thought you might like to see some of my more intricate vehicle work.
And right now in the shop, I have a police car and fire engine model:
I am working on some more vehicle design for the shop … and this week’s free pattern will be a vehicle. That’s all I’ll say for now! Surprises are fun!
Continuing from yesterday’s post, I’m still working on the Galaga ornaments/toys. I resized the fighter ship to make it smaller …
… and I made one of the alien ships.
I can just see these as an elaborate mobile display! That particular application probably won’t happen, but a Galaga ornament set and playset pattern will definitely be happening in the future!