Sunday, November 19, 2006

Automatic For The People

So, here it is. The Jess Hutch robot, knit for the little dude next door. Before I get to the grit, here are the specs (as if you didn't know):

Robot from Jessica Hutchison's Unusual Toys For You To Knit And Enjoy
Yarn: Cascade 220 in light blue, green and orange
Needle: U.S. #8 wooden straights
Mods: I stuck to a more solid colour scheme
Comments: Hmmm. I gotta say, this is the first Jess Hutch toy that I haven't been happy with. Sure, he's cute enough, but he doesn't have the same panache as say, Kate or Spherey. I blame it on the flat knitting and my own lousy finishing skills -- whereas the other toys (save for the ultra-simple Squarey) are marvels of construction with their round shaping, Mr. Robot is a slightly messy affair. I found that he was a bit of a pain to finish and I don't love the way the arms came out (that's a loose end at the top of the right arm -- I didn't have time to weave it in before I snapped the photo). I'm also not crazy about the way my less than tight intarsia looks with Mr. Robo stuffed fat. I think it'll be fine to give to the little boy next door, but I wouldn't hold it up as my finest work. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.


Juls said...

Nice job. I have been too intimidated to knit a doll. It requires stuffing, and eyes, not to mention all those ends. I have been tempted to do a Bobbi bear though. Like you, I find it a bit simpler to knit in the round.

elizabooth said...

You know what? You don't have to worry about the ends. I just knot 'em off and tuck them inside. The doll is stuffed so no one will ever know.

the knitrider said...

i think it looks even funnier cuz he is so stuffed. its very cute!

lamb-things said...

I love your robot, he's very cute.

I also love the socks you knit, wish I could knit them, it looks too difficult. How talented you are.

Almost A, DO said...

So cute! I wonder if you'd consider loaning out the booklet for the holidays - I've been so anxious to try out the patterns from Jess Hutchinson's book, and can't seem to get my hands on a copy anywhere. Would you consider doing an "inter-library loan"?

elizabooth said...

You know, I wouldn't be opposed to doing a loaner at some point, but you know what? I use it almost all the time. I'm already planning a Henry bear for a baby due right after Christmas and I want to do a Dolly for Ruby by her February birthday. I know Jess Hutch isn't selling the book anymore, but does anyone know her stance on copyright? If she'd okay it, I'd photocopy the patterns for people, but only with Jess' blessing.