Monday, January 22, 2007

Can't Find Safety Eyes?

I bought mine from CR's Crafts online, where you need to search for "9mm eyes" in order to find them. I got a package of 50, so I now have what amounts to a lifetime supply. I realize that ordering eyes online (and paying shipping) may not be convenient or even worth doing for many people, but I wanted to provide the link for those who were interested. I'm sure that other online craft suppliers probably have the same eyes available.

Of course, you could always do embroidered eyes or button eyes instead. Or try Knitflix's solution and sew on felt eyes. She has information about this technique on her blog.

11 comments:

Annita said...

My sheldon can be found at
http://zijmaakthet.web-log.nl/zij_maakt_het/2007/03/sheldon.html. I made eyes by crocheing small circles. My sheldon is very small, just over 4 inches from head to tail and it actually has got a tail

Kristin said...

Sheldon is really cute. I've started one of my own. I've completed the shell and the shell attachment panel but I can't figure out how to attach the two using the I-cord method. It seems that it is too difficult to pick up a stitch and then to pass the slipped stitch over. I feel like I need to use a crochet hook but that is too tight even. Can you give me any pointers? Tips or tricks?

Ruth Homrighaus said...

Kristin,

Thanks for the comment! The only thing I can think of that might help is to ask, Are you picking up and knitting the stitches, or just picking them up? You should pick up and knit, which means that you can make that knit stitch as loose as you like. If the slipped stitch is too tight, maybe this is just because your cast-on and first knit row are tight? Try casting on fairly loosely and knitting the first row pretty loosely.

If that doesn't work, I'm not sure how to help. Some people omit the I-cord edging altogether and just crochet around for a few rows, which you can try if you like.

Anonymous said...

This etsy shop is selling toy turtles based on the sheldon pattern:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5877539

I hope they asked you for permission...

Pauline said...

Thank you so much for sharing Sheldon with the world. I just finished mine and your can see him on my blog http://happyasianwomenknitting.com/?p=217

I bought the eyes at my local Joann Fabrics store. They're different from yours but they certainly give him a unique look!

Lindsay said...

My Sheldon (renamed Tucker by his new owner) is here: http://knittikins.wordpress.com/2007/05/15/drumroll-please/

I also added a tail -- just a 5-stitch I-cord worked over 6 rows with decreases.

Such a cute pattern!

esh said...

hey, just thought I'd let you know --

I found this picture in my deviantArt favorites from a year ago. Someone painted a Sheldon! You should check it out :)

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/32953462/

esh said...

I almost forgot .. here's a link to my finished Sheldon on flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/69421611@N00/517024916/

I'd love for it to be added to your flickr gallery!

crit_knitter said...

Hi! I haven't knit Sheldon yet, but he's waiting in my stash basket. I was actually wondering if I could have your permission to write a children's story or two about Sheldon with/for my students once he's finished. I think he would be much more interesting than a Flat Stanley.

Lauren said...

I just wanted to say I found the correct size saftey eyes at Jo-Ann's. Hope that helps someone!

MamaJenn said...

Oh My Goodness!!!! Thank you so much. I have been looking everywhere and couldn't find them. I would think that in a large city, it would be easy. thank you again for the link.