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27 September 2007 @ 09:31 am
The Polls are OPEN! Vote!  
Time to vote on the Wuzzlefubbers! Here are the contestants. I am posting the origional sketch and the final creature. PLEASE check out the yarn museum to see all the process pictures and descriptions to help you vote.

I am going to extend the voting until midnight this SATURDAY, the 29th. because these are so cool, i want plenty of people to be able to see them.

VOTE by using the comment button on this blog. Simply give the contestant number you want.


WUZZLEFUBBERS:


Contestant #1
Stephanie Nericcio/Stitch Ewe Yarns
I am using all wool. The head will be in a natural grey/brown with curls, the body is hand dyed merino in blue and a hand dyed dorset in yellow carded together, the legs are striped of the 2 colors individually. The eyes, mouth and flower are needle felted items that will be spun into the skein. The creauture should measure 10" high by 7" wide when finished. ( hopefully) About the creature: I knit the creature using US 10.5 needles. This is the first time I've ever knit anything like this. I was excited when the eyes, mouth and flower ended up on the same side!!! I had a plan but when I got to the end of the "dress/body" and went to do the legs I knit myself into a problem. I had to unwind the ball and thread the yarn back over to knit the legs, it's probally not the correct way to it but that's how I kept it going with out cutting. In the end my creature measured 18" h x 8.5" w. with one leg quite a bit longer than the other to use up the whole skein.

This was fun and I would have never tried a free form like this on my own.








Contestant #2
Sara
/2D5D
My entry is a flying insect of some sort - probably a mutant dragon fly.

Plan:
I plan to crochet the body, but to knit the wings so that they can belacy. The tail will be black wool, a red/purple merino/ingeo stripe, the main body a combination of greenish-grey merino, grey wool, and purple-silver sparklies. The wings will be blue merino spun with clear bead cord (for rigidity) with a few little purple beads (for beadiness). The head will be a mix of various pinks and purples in merino, ingeo, and nylon. The eyes will be some red beads, and the
antennae will be black wool. About 7 inches in length for the body, and around 7 wingspan as well.

Result:
I didn't think it was going to be enough yarn, but then it actually turned out to be a little bigger than I thought in height. It was particularly difficult to knit the bead cord/wool yarn (especially with short rows)! The lace pattern didn't exactly come out, but I think the wings worked pretty well considering (unfortunately, the beads don't show well in the pictures). The head and body are not in the proportion that I had expected, and the eyes ended up on the side of his head (as if perpetually looking over his shoulder), but I still
like the final result.






Contestant #3
Julie
/Flawful Fibers & Yarns

Batts/Fiber -
The Body is tweedy (it's the batt on the right) and made of superwash merino, recycled cotton neps, angora bunny neps, angora goat locks, cashmere, mohair, llama, misc wool, alpaca, recycled sari silk, firestar (nylon), and silk noil.

The Wings are sparkly white with specks of color (middle batt) and made of superwash merino, ingeo (corn fiber), firestar (nylon), angora bunny neps, recycled cotton neps, bombyx silk, seacell, angelina, and tussah silk. I also tied some strips of sheer fabric in random spots in this section.
The Head is a dark mix of browns and other colors (1st batt) and made of misc wools, llama, and mohair.
The Antenna is deep purplish mohair locks (on top of the batts).

Expected Dimensions: 7.5" tall (excluding antennas), 4.5/5" wide (wingspan)

The Yarn -
TOO Much yardage for almost all the sections :( I did have an estimate before I started spinning, but got lazy and didn't pay attention. I tied in some strips of sheer fabric after I niddy nodded it, you can see it somewhat in the pic of the skein.

Working it -
Working from the bottom up, I started the body (crochet), found out that I had too much yardage (I should have made the body a bit larger :( ah well), so I ended up making a flap on the back which I knit. Then I knit a strip up the back and crocheted the wings from that strip. Again I had too much yardage so I just kept working at the wings, lol, little here little there, bullion here chain there... From there I did the head. Though I didn't cut the yarn or jump around, I moved up about a couple of inches on the yarn and crocheted the head separately (though again yarn still attached to the rest of the wuzzlefubber). And yet again I had too much yardage so I ended up deviating again and added some loopy hair.

I can't tell you how much torture this was for my hands and fingers, sheesh! I've never crocheted this type of thing before and the weave is pretty tight so I was struggling with the stitches and then the rounding off was killer. The hardest part though was crochet stitch seeming the head onto the neck. Antennas were last, not too bad, a little freeform knit/crochet mix to get them into the shape and surprisingly they stand up (well somewhat). It turned out pretty interesting though, not what I had initially planned on, but there are some similarities. I'll probably add some other stuff later -- like a face, lol, since I didn't put one in the scheme, and maybe some arms or body decorations (those things that look like arms are actually the bottom parts of the wings -- the wings BTW don't really look like the drawing, lol!!!)

End Dimensions: 8" tall (9" w/antennas) x 4" wide (wingspan) x 4" wide (side width front to back)







Contestant #4
Liz Mitchell/Twisted Fluff
I am not sure what this is. A creature that didn't quite make final casting call for a Tim Burton flick. I am using wool, angelina, extra yarnbits and trim, glow in the dark thread, and hand needle felted eye balls and teeth.

I am going to be knitting using 2 size 9 1/2 double circular needles. The size should be around 8" height and 10" long. The orange stripes are going to have the glow in the dark thread running though it.

I have never had to pre-plan yarn spinning before. And I have never knit something so shapely. Trying to figure out how to make a curved surface with the amount of yarn that was spun around the belly and head was difficult for me. When I got to the mouth my teeth weren't spun in exactly the right spots.They ended up being all over the inside of the mouth.

Finished, it ended up being larger than anticipated - 12" long and 10" high. I kept laughing as I was knitting up the creature. This challenge was great!







Contestant #5 
Roxanne
When I saw the challenge I thought there was no way I could do it because I have no experience in freeforming anything. I thought carefully about how to approach the problem. I figured any creature with appendages that I could switch to as soon as a color change happened was the best bet. So I decided on an Octopus and had the middle fiber plus 8 more variations picked out before the sketch.

Sketch info : I don't have a scanner so I freehanded a sketch in a photo program. Octopus with 6 inch tall body and 6-8 in legs. Once forming the body, each leg started with a new color.

Fiber info: I had no idea how much fiber or how to crochet an octopus, so I made a prototype using Jessica Polka's pattern, and then I took it apart and weighed the yarn for the body and a leg, and then doubled that figure since it needed to be bigger. Then I weighed out each fiber color accordingly.

Rainboctopus info: Final size body is 3.5" high and legs are from the shortest 3" long (red) to 8" long (blue). The eyes are from beads from an old costume bracelet. I liked them because they had black "slits" that were cool for eyes. Other names entertained were Rainbowpuss and Rastafaripus LOL! My 5-year-old couldn't resist playing with him....Me either.

 
 
 
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Number 5 gets my vote! :D
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
#5 Although 4 is a very close second.
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
I vote for #4 -- Love it!

Suzanne MacGuineas
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
#5 - Super, super cute!!
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
voting
The dino creature is pretty cool but I vote for #1. Super cute. I love crazy dollies.
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
#4 rocks! i love all his crazy teeth!!
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
vote
4
insubordiknitinsubordiknit on September 27th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
i love them all! however, #4 with his wacky teeth and eyeballs (hey, wanna job as an eyeball maker? I need 39 a day - heh.) makes me the happiest! great job!
unluckymonkeyunluckymonkey on September 27th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
#4 for the best gaping maw ever!
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Contestant #1
I vote for contestant #1. Her creature is SOO close to the drawing it's amazing.
the rooted nomad: glinda and indiatulleandtiaras on September 27th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
number 4
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Octopus
Love it! The colors are great and the design is true to the sketch. good job.
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
yarnpunkyarnpunk on September 27th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Whoa Nessie! My vote is for #4. I was lucky enough to see the yarn before it was knit and the final result is wicked cool in person!!!
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
#4 for creating such a fantastic fantasy creature who is very close to the sketch.
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
#1 she's so cute.

They all came out really cute though! Great job!
Jessmilkyrobot on September 27th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm #1. It look spretty damn close to the drawing. I do like #3, the colors are perty!
boringsara on September 28th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
#4 - the mouth full of teeth is charming

Sara
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Are we allowed to vote? This challenge was exactly that - a big challenge. I love sketch #1 and I am not brave enough to even begin to attempt a knitted freeform creature. So fun to see everyone's results!

I am drooling over Julie's (#3) fiber and love her creature but the natural colors made it harder to imagine parts and pieces - I want to touch it!

My Vote is for #4. I laughed so hard over the "Loch Ness Monster" as we called it at our house. The teeth are hilarious and very cool. Probably cooler than the felted eyes! The fact that the teeth are all over the place, and not neatly rowed, makes them 10X better too!
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
OOPS! The last comment was me - #5 Roxanne :)
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I vote for #4. Its all about the teeth for me
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
wow tough choice between the last two, but #5 gets my vote.

Dani
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Vote!
#5 is definitly my vote. I love the octopus. Actually, me and my mum decided that was our favorite. However the dino creature came in a close second!

Such fun! (I may have to try this myself!)
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Can I vote for all of them except mine? :)

I love #4 & #5 the most, so was a very tough choice and it came down to eenie meenie miny mo...

#5 is my vote

- Julie
Flawful Fibers
Kylapeachymanaangel on September 28th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
They are all fantastic but I love #4 He has my vote!
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
i vote for number one - how could you not love a face like that?!
wooldancer on September 28th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
wow factor #4! colours & features look perfectly spun in sequence & spot on for anticipating the finished form of this lil fella Liz!!
it's amazing how all the entries were so close to their initial drawings - do we really only have one vote for these cutimongous creatures??
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
I'm torn between #1 and #4 -- I'm amazed at the way the face came together on #1, but #4! The teeth!

Still, I think #1 matches the sketch pretty closely, and it's just so cute -- that's my vote. #1.
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
Number 4 is lovely - i love is smile!

Ingegärd in Sweden
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
my vote on this one.

(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
#1 is so close to the sketch, and so cute!
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
my vote
i vote for #1. it's really cute and she seems to have met all the challenge criteria.
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
My vote is for #1, it's so close to the sketch and bravo on the free form!!
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
#4. Hands down.
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
vote #3
i vote for number three. i think it was the most difficult pattern to try and achive- and it actually turned into a dragonfly thingy!
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
i mean #2!!!!!
dragonfly....number 2.
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
#4 really makes me laugh! I have left it up on my screen for two days.
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
wow...they are all good. but i have to go with #5.
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
#4 Love it!
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Number 4
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
the teeth win it!
My vote is for #4 for a number of reasons but mostly the mouthful of teeth. Fantastic! Love all the beasts. It was like trying to choose a favourite child...
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
I vote for 4, but I think they are all fantastic, well done!
Yvette
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
contestant #1
monfisch on September 29th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Number 4 gets my vote! However, I think everyone did a great job!
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
voting for #1.
(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
I love the colors of #5 but I'd have to say I vote for #1 just cause I seriously want to take that cute thing home...my toddler would love her.
(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
my vote
These are all wonderful, and I'm so impressed by the mix of skill and optimism everyone brought to a devious problem. As charming and attractive as they all are, though, it seems to me that five is clearly the most masterful. I'm actually surprised that so few people were voting for five. I was wondering if some people felt that the approach of making a mock-up and weighing the results was somehow taking an unfair advantage, or a shortcut. I think it was an intelligent approach, and along with the insight that making a many-limbed creature would be easier to make rather than harder, it is why I chose this solution. But I wonder if people who voted for others did so because they felt the solution missed the true spontaneity the rules seemed to be aiming for?
Great Job Everyone