I have been forgetful! I never put up pictures of the knitting Marina did for Sierra and Chase. This year she made Sierra a pair of comfy socks using the yarn her little sister picked out. Sierra hates socks with seams, so these handmade socks are a favorite. Marina used a simple pattern from the Harry Potter inspired book "Charmed Knits."
For Chase, she created a knitted action figure, Marvel's Deadpool. (This is Deadpool from the comics, not from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. They were really annoyed with what the movie did to the character.) She made everything, including the accessories. The buckle and swords are Sculpey clay. The blades are covered in duct tape to give them a shine. I tried to zoom in on the hand a bit, so you can see the amazing work she did. Every finger is posable! She tried simplifying the hand but didn't like how it came out, so she frogged it and redid them individually. All of this was made up as she went along. She is amazing at knitting sculpture.
Speaking of sculpture, I've started teaching a sculpture class for Sierra and two of her friends. It's been a lot of fun! I started with wire sculpture to explain the simplest sculpting forms and to teach armature. The second week they made armatures that we screwed to a base before building on them with clay. Sierra came up with this sculpture on her own. Then she built the plant, which is free standing. I really loved the way they came out!