Monday, March 26, 2007

A pig, Heifer, prizes and a new pattern

First, the pig. Introducing Chichi, the felted pig...

Chichi and mini Chichi

Mom to the little needle felted piggie I made to celebrate Chinese New Year earlier this year. Many thanks to La (email me, I have a free pattern for you) who suggested that I name the little piggie Chicharon (Chicharon is Spanish for fried pork rind). With that inspiration, I settled on the nickname "Chichi". So many fun names were submitted but this one was just perfect.

Chichi is my first (drumroll please) published IndigoMuse original pattern. I'm so proud of how she turned out. Not only is Chichi a whimsical pattern but she also offers a sampling of intermediate techniques making it a delightfully fun skillbuilder pattern.

However, other than periodic donations, I've never felt like I made much of an impact with my knitting which is in sharp contrast to the non-profit work I'm engaged in as part of my job. That all changes with Chichi and is where the "Heifer" comes in. 50% of the net profits from Chichi will support the global efforts of Heifer International. Specifically, Chichi will provide the gift of (hopefully) several pigs in the coming months for deserving families. Heifer is an organization near and dear to my heart because recipients become donors through their "teach a man to fish" philosophy. I'm sure that many of you are familiar with Heifer but if you aren't, please take a minute to visit their site and read about the incredible work that they are engaged in.

Did someone say PRIZES?!? Why yes I did. So far, I have this loverly skein of handspun merino/silk. Its 50 yards of worsted weight fushia yarn. Zira is bathing in the remaining 3 oz which is just enough for another 100 yards or so that I'll also spin up to be given away. Its a beautiful fiber just perfect for a lux version of Chichi, wrist warmers, a baby hat - imagine the possibilities. You are automatically entered into the drawing for these yarns (and more) when you purchase the Chichi pattern between now and April 30th - just in time for you to make something PINK for Project Spectrum! The drawing will be held on May 1st. Purchase the pattern, send me an email with "Chichi drawing" in the subject and you're on your way to winning these goodies.

And so by clicking below, you can purchase the pattern. Chichi is a Pdf. download that is emailed to you once you have completed your purchase (You will need Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or later to open the file). Thanks for your support of this worthwhile project. Enjoy!


© Tanya Brooks 2007
* For non-commercial use only. Wholesale/retail inquiries,
email indigomuse(at)verizon(dot)net

Manos de Uruguay, Malabrigo, Rio de la plata or other kettle dyed chunky yarn

1 set US 10.5 (6.5 mm) double-point needles

Gauge (unfelted):
3.5 sts/20 rows = 4" stockinette stitch

Finished Measurements:
Body - 9.5" circumference
Ears - 1.5"
Legs - 2"
Nose - 1"
Tail - 5"


Chichi - Upclose and personal Chichi - side view

Effective March 2008, a flat rate of $1 per pattern sold will be donated to Heifer projects. Donations will be made quarterly. Thank you for your continued support!


Wanda said...

What a cute, sweet little pig. Very cute.

Latoya said...

Chichi is cute enough - and those lashes! Wow. Have you thought about her having a book come out, along with her other felted friends?

Knit on!

KnitNana said...

Chichi is adorable...

Anonymous said...

way to go...and she's sooooooooo cute...Ilove her diva lashes!


Renee said...

I love the piggie. I've managed to survive all this time without a pay pal account but I might have to change my ways for this fella.

La said...

Woohoo! All around!!!

I'll email you shortly.

Bittersweet story behind the name, Chicharon: That was Junior's nickname for Momoze. so glad you adopted it for your lil' piglet!

Nikki said...

I love! Chichi! going off to buy the pattern now... (although, my version of Chichi will be multicolored unless of course I'm lucky enough to win the yarn too)

The thought of more Heifer animals is very exciting. I can't wait!

BTW, my family got "Trees" for Christmas this year from Heifer :)

knitguyla said...

Fantastic, when will Zira be published? She's definitely on my purchase list! They're all great.

jody said...

HI there! I've read your blog before from Mason Dixon but then found it again thru Catie's--I'm from Blacksburg! I had no idea you were right up the road!! Plus I laughed right out loud when I saw that you call your kiddos "Thing" on your blog 'cuz I do, too, on my blog! (well, not YOUR kids, mine of course b/c that would just be weird...) Anyway, I am thinking of knitting and felting my first tote sometime soon so I'll be reading what you have to say about your felting prowess here on your bloggy b/c I've not done much felting-lots of knitting, minimal felting though. Nice to meet you!

Kim said...

I love the little pig! Chichi is the best name ever!

Kimberly said...

The piggies are really cute. Congrats on your first published pattern!

Gina said...

Luv the Pigs!!!!!!

cate said...

I am so proud of you!!! I know a published 'designer'!!!! Yee Haw!

I can't wait to see your other animals. I might just have to make a collection for my kiddoes.


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