Friday, 4 October 2013

Librarian Ken

Meet Librarian Ken: he likes coffee, cats and dystopian-future novels. I made Ken's outfit for a competition at work, which was to raise money for charity. He even has a tiny Melbourne Uni staff card on a lanyard, and yes, that's actually his photo on the card.  Originally Ken looked like this:

I gave him a haircut and then made a completely new outfit for him. The only thing I kept were the shoes, cream loafers. The pants are made from men's kimono fabric, using the trousers from these patterns. The shirt I just made up on the spot (I cheated and didn't make any sleeves). The bowtie is a piece of velvet ribbon, and the glasses are made from fine black wire twisted into shape.

The cardigan was knitted using this vintage pattern from Free Vintage Patterns. It was a little bit small for a modern Ken (I think he's been going to the gym) so I added some more rows to the sleeves to make them longer. I knitted it up with 4ply and it took about 2 evenings to finish the whole thing.

 Here I am looking embarrassed! The competition was judged by Pam Mawson, who is the Creative Director of the Country Women's Association Victoria, and who was actually in town to judge the cakes at the Royal Melbourne Show. I won a CWA cookbook, so I shall be whipping up scones and lamingtons in no time.

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