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Green Hatscarf - Qualified Perceptions
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Green Hatscarf
This is another Christmas present request, an extra-bonus-warm alpaca hatscarf, to allow Jess to brave the terrible and icy winters of Sebastopol. And a matching octopus.

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merastra From: merastra Date: August 18th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, nice. Extra-warm is a nifty feature to be able to add. Is that mostly a function of the yarn?

Btw, someone at the wedding was asking about if they could get an octopode. Oh! Not the person themself, but the cake caterer apparently loved the wedding octopodes. If you were amused to do it, I bet that person would love to have an octopode of their own. Maybe one with chef hat?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 19th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Alpaca yarn is really warm, though having two attached scarves to wrap around your head doesn't hurt. :)

Hmm. Does this look like a chef hat, or does it look like a big white screw in the octopus's head? I am wavering.




merastra From: merastra Date: August 19th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Scarves like tentacles! Yes, I can see how one might need extra warmth in Sebastopol. I mean it's in the north, right? Practically Siberia.

It sounds like there is a picture in this question and there is a lot of empty space where a pic could go but I don't see one...
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 19th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoops, I seem to have stuck it in with https instead of http, so it only looks right to people who have already authenticated to web.mit.edu with certificates. So it looked okay to me, but I see how it's invisible to most people. :)


merastra From: merastra Date: August 19th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, did you just make that since I asked you about it?

I'm on the fence too. It's still cute though. :-)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 19th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I made the hat after you asked, but the octopus is the same one as matches the hatscarf at the beginning. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: August 19th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Ok, that's a lot faster. :-)

I guess I expect a chef's hat to be poofier on top, but too much poof might make it look like a mushroom. The other thing that makes it somewhat screw-like is it's diameter. Given the resolution you get with yarn and knitting (ie, that you couldn't see the individual poofs in the top puffy part), it might be easier to convey the chef hat concept with a bigger overall diameter.

But really, as-is is plenty cute and there's no need to go overboard unless you want to.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 19th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the trouble is that my image of a chef's hat is based on the Swedish Chef, who has a particularly pancakey hat top. :)
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: August 19th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
New and improved eight-legged mini-octopdes! What mods did you decide on?

Also, yay alpaca. :)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 19th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
The top is increase-6-every-round, but it goes up to 24. So instead of decrease-6, then decrease-6-and-make-legs, I switched to decrease-8-and-make-legs down from 24, then work even, then decrease-8. (Then decrease-3, because decreasing 4 doesn't fit).
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: August 19th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Sense! Were mini-octopodes more appreciated? (I certainly thought the integral legs were easier to wrangle in the making, though being able to stand up is also nifty.)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 19th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
It's mostly convenience. The minis are a lot faster, and take a lot less yarn. Plus since they're so much smaller, they're easier to give to random strangers.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: August 19th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Will there be random octopodes distributed locally as well as in distant lands? :)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 19th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's my theory, though I have only succeeded in giving them to children I already know, and not little kids on the train yet.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: August 19th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like fun!
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