Blue the Goat

Meet Blue the goat. He is very loving and does exactly what you want him to do.

I didn’t intend on making a goat but when I was making the ears and had showed my husband he had said that it would just need little horns and it would be perfect. I rolled my eyes at him and then I took a look at the puppet and decided that Blue would be perfect as a goat.

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What am I doing?

Have you ever had an inspiring moment for a cute project, then when you admire what you have done so far, you realize that #1 you didn’t write down what you did #2 there are certain parts that need to be done first or #3 you forget to measure to make sure it fits.

First off, I wanted to make a hand puppet where you move the hands of the puppet with your fingers. The idea is to be able to fit 2-3 fingers into the head portion and one finger in each of the arms, but I wanted it to look a little more like a person rather person wearing a sheet. I was attempting to make a neck and a round looking head… and well, I have had to take a little break from project because I have done all three of the above.

I didn’t write down what I was doing, so I would know what adjustments need done.

I started to make the head and was working on getting the area for the arms, only to realize that I didn’t even make arms yet.

I also didn’t measure and had already made adjustments to it because not even one finger could fit into the head part. I now can uncomfortably fit two of my fingers in the head.

If I continue to try to salvage what I have done so far, it might turn into a monstrosity

I think it’s back to the drawing board for this one.

Purple Cow

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During the first week of orientation, they had discussed the Purple Cow, because of my commute I have been listening to a variety of audio books and decided to finally listen to this one. Cows may be interesting to look at for a short time, but after seeing many cows they tend to blend together and they all look very similar, they then become less interesting to look at. This book discusses about standing out and being a Purple Cow, even if it is difficult, because you will have a better chance to succeed.

purple cow book

Purple Cow:Transform your Business By Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

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A purple cow is like doing something that makes you unique to the competition. You won’t get noticed if your doing the same thing as everyone else. Being a Purple Cow is doing or being something that does not go unnoticed.

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*This is not a paid advertisement of this book

Hook Size Matters

I know this is pretty obvious that different size hooks result in different sized creations, but when you are switching hook sizes for the many projects you are working on, sometimes you realize too late… the best part is that the hook I was using has the rubber handle and the one I should have been using doesn’t so you would have thought I would have noticed before I made 5 of them!

Luckily the difference in the hook size is only .75 MM difference, so I decided not to remake them.

This is the result, the one on the left (the smaller one) is the size I intended it to be and the right almost seems twice the size, to accommodate for this, I made sure the body on the bigger one wasn’t too large so that it wouldn’t fall off your finger.

I am thinking it would be fun to experiment with a variety of different hook sizes just to see the difference they would make when using the same yarn.

Peter Pan Finger Puppets

My family is participating in the community play, Peter Pan, and my sister-in-law gave me the idea to make some little finger puppets that were related to the play.

I was uncertain if I wanted to do finger puppets, I was thinking that they may have not turned out well or they would take a long time to make. After playing around and trying a few things I really like the way these ones turned out. They did not take a lot of time to make and even though they are they did take some experimenting with some different designs I made, I think they are really cute!

So far I have created:

  • Captain Hook (I used an earring for his hook)
  • Smee
  • Peter Pan
  • Wendy (I switched her hair to be darker
  • Tinker Bell

I am sure there will be more coming soon!

**I do not claim these characters as my own however I created all of the pieces for each characters, of course they are not perfect and feedback is appreciated!

**I did also use safety eyes for these puppets so they can be a potential choking hazard for very little children.