Also, I've had some requests for the pattern for Mr. Peen... I never got around to making a real one, but here are some makeshift directions.
NOTE: I know this pattern is super, insanely vague. This is because I never actually wrote the pattern, and am just trying to remember what I did in case you want to take a whack at recreating it. It really should never have ended up in Ravelry as an actual pattern (someone else did that) because now it reflects badly on my pattern writing skills :-( It's not a real pattern! Ok? Ok.
sz 7 dpns
-CO 3, join
-Increase every other stitch until you have an appropriately sized cone
-Do two rounds knit
-Decrease sharply... I didn't do k2tog all the way around, but it was pretty close. In retrospect I wish I had.
-Knit until the shaft is a happy length
-Distribute stitches so half are on one needle, and one fourth are on each of the other two
-Increase four stitches each round, two on each "side" (much like doing toe increases for toe-up socks, except don't knit one round plain in between.)
-Knit about 3 rounds plain
-Decrease like you increased (like decreasing for toes in cuff-down socks) until you've decreased away about half the stitches
-Stuff with yarn scraps. I put a marble in each ball for shape and weight but I doubt it's necessary.
-graft the rest of the stitches together with kitchener stitch
-To shape the balls, do running stitch with a scrap of yarn down the middle of one side and up the other (stop at the shaft). Draw the loose end through and tie ends together tightly. Wiggle around so the knot is inside. I hope that makes sense...
Hopefully you guys can figure it out from there. I imagine I'll redo it someday, but probably not soon.
(This pattern is copyright Alexandra Tinsley, 2007. Objects made from this pattern are for personal, non-profit use only. The pattern itself should not be reproduced or sold in any form - feel free to distribute the link at will but please don't copy and paste the pattern nor claim the pattern as your own.)