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A Family Day At the Beach

Today is a holiday for Canadians. Thing is, I’ve been extra busy with my band and attending a host of geek events that are held in Toronto. My wife has been very patient with me and so I told her that I would happily go to the beach with her and the family for the last day of the long weekend.

For you, that sounds like something grand. Not me. I’m not a huge fan of things like sun, sunscreen, water, sunburns, sand, sand stuck to sunscreen, sand in food, lake water mankyness, etc. Now, I don’t want to sound like a party pooper, but… I’m a party pooper. However, I am quite happy for others to have a wonderful time at the beach as long as my presence isn’t required.

However, my children seem to want me to come to these family outings and so we decided today was a day for the beach. Huz… zah.

Notice what’s missing? Electronics. The sun is too bright for screens.

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First Commission! “My Shaker Totoro”

HUZZAH! Can you believe that? I don’t know if I mentioned, but I worked on a Totoro to fit around my shaker eggs! I’ve been shakin’ the thing at anyone I can (very few instances where you can do that and not get arrested) and someone wanted me to make them one! Good grief!

Below, you can see “My Shaker Totoro” in action with the Debs & Errol song, “I Wish Totoro Was My Neighbour“.

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Knitting Withdrawal

Ok, I knew I should have written a blog a few days ago. February starts February Album Writing Month where you write 14 songs in 28 days. So that means there is a lot of commenting in forums and no knitting. Sometimes I write a song. I’m kinda social when I do these things. In fact I started up a knitting thread in the forum. All these people knit! Isn’t that awesome?

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Mini Chibi Totoros! Useless Knitting Adventures!


They’re so cute!

Totoro #10 was made with some very thin yarn. The needles I used were larger, around a 4mm. So I decided to try 2mm and made Totoro #12 and #13! Look how small and cute they are! My daughters started squeeing when they saw them and now they have put orders in for a glowing totoro, a mini totoro, and the regular sized Totoro.

Do those kids do anything for me? Do they make me coffee? Do they cook me bacon? NO! I don’t know why I listen to their demands.

You know, I want to do the Grey Totoro but I keep getting distracted by this pattern. It’s fun and easy to do! However, knitting on small DPNs is HARD!

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Radioactive Totoro – GLOWS IN THE DARK!



The camera picks up a lot of light, so the white light is from the monitor of my computer!

My daughters are trying to steal it. In fact, they were playing with it before I put the eyes on and then they lost it.

I got them out of bed to help me look for it. Rotten kids.

Woops, I hope my wife doesn’t read this.

Now I need to make a second one for the other kid. Then a third for myself.

And you know what? I hear the yarn is discontinued. NOOOOOOOOEEESS!

You know what this means:


Spreading the Knitting Love

You know what’s super awesome? Other than bacon. And glow in the dark yarn? And maybe a hot bath with massages from…

Gosh, I get sidetracked easily. Here, this is awesome:


Huzzah! More knitters to be my friends!

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Ten Totoros Project – COMPLETE

Huzzah! I finished all my Totoros! I didn’t start off with the goal of making ten of them, but I ended up with a goal of making ten of them.


The painting I painted. The grey totoro was made by my friend Kelson.

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Project #9 & #10 – Totoros Again

For the 9th Totoro I used two balls of yarn that were at their end. When I reached the end of the yarn, I was confused. What do you do?

I had this lone thread staring at me. Mocking me. It knew that the project was unfinished, but it was finished too and there was no amount of coaxing to go any further.

Another sister-in-law was down, named Loey, and she is a crazy knitter as well. Come to think of it, I think the majority of the women in Dove’s family like to knit. Anyway, they suggested to DOUBLE up the separate yarn! Just take the end, align the beginning with it, and knit it as one!


Wouldn’t that look weird? Wouldn’t that look extra thick? But I’m not one to doubt knitting experts, unless of course there should be two different knit stitches. I did as I was told because I get in enough trouble as it is.


Remember this pic? Yeah.

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Projects #5-8 – More Totoros

I will not bore you with another three entries on my next three Totoros.

Rest assured, I will find something else equally as boring to exact upon you.

I’ve been searching for eyes. It’s hard to find them. I don’t want the adhesive ones; I want ones I can sew on. And I want them cheap. And I want them with black pupils and I want white … uh… whatever the white part of the eyes are called. And while I’m at it, I want a coconut cream pie as well.


See the white part in the knitted eyeball? I don’t know what that is called. Having said that, I don’t know what the other parts are called…

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Project #4 – White Totoro

Yes, my fourth project is a Totoro again. And it was NEW YEAR’S EVE! HUZZAH! And New Year’s Day.

The first thing we did for New Year’s eve was hang out with some friends. Andrea D’Silva and her husband Rodney are friends of mine from university and we all like knitting and playing board games! Well, that former statement isn’t really true for all elements in that set, but still, we did do board game playing and knitting!


I can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year!

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