Sunday, October 26, 2008

hats for a sack

sackboy earflap hat

I've been having some fun knitting hats for my Sackboy. Since he's small, his hats are tiny and that means quick, instantly gratifying knits.

I've already posted the snow hat with pom pom, but the striped beanie and the earflap ones I knit this past week. The black and grey striped beanie I made so that it resembles a unisex beanie I bought several years ago (before I learned to knit). The orange earflap one just *needed* to be done. Sackie's cuteness just demands an earflap hat! I added in the bit of colorwork to break up all that orangeness.

All the hats were pretty much improvised. I looked at some patterns to get the technique for the earflap one (I've never done earflaps or had to pick up stiches before), but otherwise it was just estimating cast-on and how many rows to knit to get the right scale for Sackie.

I'll be putting the needles down for a while (except for olives!). As long as there aren't any more surprise delays, Little Big Planet should be arriving this week and I intend to get playing next weekend. After that, Mirror's Edge is soon approaching. No, I won't be knitting Faith!

sackboy beanie hat

More pictures at Flickr

Saturday, October 25, 2008

the olive plan 2008 - week 43

the olive plan 2008 - week 43

Number of olives knit this week: 2 (green)
Total for the year to date: 110

Saturday, October 18, 2008

sorta sackboy

sackboy and lemon

I made a new friend. Literally. And apparently he likes lemons too.

If you haven't heard of Sackboy, star of the highly-anticipated, soon-to-be-released Playstation 3 video game Little Big Planet, go view this game trailer. Now, now, now! Don't blame me if you die from cute overload. Go on, I'll wait.

See what I mean?

When I first saw Sackboy, in all his knitterly glory, I knew I *needed* to make him. He really didn't take that long. Only a couple of weekends and he didn't monopolize my time. I added the detail stitching on weeknights, after work. He's not perfect, but I'm happy with him. I may make him a friend once I've gotten a chance to play the game and can scrutinize the Sackpeople.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to share the pattern for him. This isn't about me not wanting to help other people out or share the love. It's about me wanting to do the right thing. You can skip to the end of this blog post now if you aren't into soapboxes.

I think that most people found my blog because of my free patterns, and I hope you know how I feel about free patterns: I love them! I love sharing my original designs because I think it's important to give back to the knitting community. Free patterns are a great way for all of us to stretch our skills and learn new techniques, try something different without worrying "do I really want to spend x dollars and end up with a pattern beyond my level?" However, I won't share the pattern for my version of Sackboy for the simple reason that he is a trademarked character. I'm sure Media Molecule (the game developer) has marketing deals to sell Sackboy merchandise. If they don't, they should. I would buy the stuff.

You see, even if I offered my pattern for free, I would end up cutting into MM's possible profits. Sure, one or two people knitting a Sackboy wouldn't be a big deal, but if you multiply that by a few dozen and then factor in that some people would try to sell them, well, you can see where things get messy. And I would have the legal responsibility for having offered the pattern in the first place.

Big (and little) companies have access to better/more expensive lawyers than I do. I like my hard-earned money. More than I like lemons. I like my money in my accounts. It's happy there. My money will not be happy in some expensive lawyer's account.

I believe that the game developers should make money from a character that they have spent years creating and refining and breathing life into. I mean fercryinoutloud look at how cute and full of personality they've managed to make a bunch of pixels! Hopefully some of the profit will allow them to create future games and characters that are just as wonderful as Little Big Planet and Sackboy. I don't want to be responsible for taking anything away from their hard work. Ok, hopping off the soapbox.

Making accessories for this little guy is going to be a lot of fun. He definitely will be needing a hat with earflaps. Even though LBP's release day has been pushed back, I plan on hermitting myself away the weekend after it starts selling and spending some quality time getting to know Sackboy. Maybe if I leave some needles and yarn out, Sackie will knit his own friends.

sackboy with scarf and hat

More pictures at Flickr

the olive plan 2008 - week 42

the olive plan 2008 - week 42

Number of olives knit this week: 1 (green)
Total for the year to date: 108

Saturday, October 11, 2008

the olive plan 2008 - week 41

the olive plan 2008 - week 41

Number of olives knit this week: 1 (green)
Total for the year to date: 107

Monday, October 6, 2008

something new in the works


I haven't had the chance to knit anything more than olives in quite a while, but this past weekend was a nice time to get back into it. A little bit of rain put me in the mood. I've started to work on a new pattern.

The above picture shows some of what I worked on over the weekend. I'm not going to say what it is yet, but I think (hope?) that it will turn out nice enough to show off the finished project once it's complete. My goal is to finish before the end of this month.

Unfortunately I won't be able to share the actual pattern for this project (I'll explain why once I'm done), but as always seems to be the case when doing pattern design, I am enjoying the challenge of trying to figure out shaping and how to pull everything together.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

the olive plan 2008 - week 40

the olive plan 2008 - week 40

Number of olives knit this week: 2 (green)
Total for the year to date: 106