The Valentine’s Day Surprise

I have been working on a Sooper Seekrit! project. I cannot hope to convey how excited I was to make this.

One of my Ravelry friends posted this pic & link to a pattern a little while back.

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From the moment I saw it I knew exactly what the Hubs was getting for Valentine’s Day. I can’t really explain it, but he enjoys the Gangnam Style song far more than is reasonable for a grown man.

So, I made this:

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And, oh yeah, it plays the Gangnam Style song. That’s right! I put a chip in it to make it play music.

Who is super awesome? (And quite possibly, a bit weirder than necessary?) Yep…I AM!

She said it wasn’t a good idea, but I did it anyway

A little while back I finished up a blanket for a friend of mine and when I was done there was a bit of leftover yarn. I didn’t want to just stash or trash the bit I had left since I knew she was a bit in love with that yarn as she had specifically bought it for making her daughter’s blanket before the baby was even born and had spent quite a bit of money on it. So what to make? Well, I made a Penelope! (I LOVE Danger Monsters!!)

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As soon as my friend saw her daughter’s Penelope, she immediately asked for one of her own and she wanted hers to be bigger. Rebecca Danger specifically states in the pattern that making the pattern larger would involve copious amounts of refiguring and basically rewriting of the pattern, so pretty much just don’t do it. But my friend was so excited and loved Penelope so much, I couldn’t find a way to say no.

Oh & did I mention that I am insanely picky about colors? So, not only did I agree to make a Big Penelope, but I wound up picking a sport weight yarn to make her with because it was the only yarn in the particular silver-gray that I wanted to use that I could find in the craft store. It took me twice as long to do half as much work. Way to go Becky!

Nearly 3 1/2 weeks later, Big Penelope is done! (To put it in perspective – I can finish a worsted weight, regular-sized Penelope in about 3-4 evenings.) I really am quite proud of her.

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Although I don’t think I’ll be making any more Big Penelope’s (especially in sport weight yarn) any time soon.