Fruitcake Knits

A sporadically updated blog that encompasses many creative activities


Do y’all recall knitting graffiti, or yarnbombing? Proud to say that the first well-known knitting graffiti movement originated in Houston – because really, when you’re a knitter in southeast Texas, what else are you going to do?

This is my small-scale take on yarnbombing. Very small scale. It’s car antenna-sized.

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Meet Mr. Cactaur. He’s an acrylic i-cord cactus and loves to hang around on the antennas of vehicles. The guy on the right has been around for about four years – one of the finest tests of the durability of Hobby Lobby’s cheapest acrylic yarn! And today is your lucky day – I’ll walk you through how to make one. The first thing to do is to assemble the supplies.


We’ve got an appropriately saguaro-shaded yarn – again, the most durable acrylic you can find. Red Heart was meant for this! Double-pointed needles – anywhere between a US 4 and a US 8 should be good, it’s not like gauge matters here. Chenille stems if you’re hoity-toity or pipe cleaners if you’re old-school, googly eyes, and pom-poms… and, of course, the hot glue gun, scissors, and a tapestry needle to weave in your tails.

Now that you’ve amassed your craft supplies, time to get knitting! Cactaur is a simple man. Knit a 5-stitch i-cord about the length of your hand.

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You might as well knit a bundle of them; these guys are easy to make in bulk. Then… impale the poor bloke on a dpn!
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Here’s where you build his arms. If you’re a saguaro purist, you may want to give him more arms, but I am more amused by an anthropomorphic cactus screaming his face off on a car. First thing, slide a chenille stem through a single stitch.


Then you fold it in half and slide it through another stitch. Twist the ends of the chenille stem together.

Then you twist each half into a tight arm and point it up. Imagine little Cactaur flexing his muscles!

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Last thing you do – grab your hot glue gun and fix up his face!


That’s the Cactaur in a nutshell. Next time I finish a batch and yarnbomb a parking lot, I’ll add some fresh pictures of the cactaur in the wild!

Comments (1) November 22, 2013 @ 6:47 pm |

The doily bug has bit again

What I love about knitting doilies is how portable they are – they’re never too large for my purse or bookbag – and most patterns are fairly repetitive, making them easy to pick up at any time.

So here’s the start of Pafuglehale, or the Peacock’s Tail doily. Pattern is from Kunststrik and translations by Yarnover. Long-time readers, or short-time readers who poke around on my sidebar, should recognize many of their patterns – these are beautiful designs and easy to follow. 22 rows in, the baby doily appears! 1.5mm needles (US #000), thread is 44/2 wetspin Irish linen from WEBS that I also used for Alita, Mommes Lysedug, and another little doily.

pafuglehale 1

Comments (0) March 30, 2013 @ 11:17 am |

FO: Triple S Shawl/Blanket

Pattern: Variation on Triple S Shawl by the Knitting Fairy
Yarn: a variety of stash yarns

Triple S Blanket - flat

In my current apartment I don’t have a suitable place for blocking. I had to resort to washing the finished blanket and hanging it over my shower curtain!

Triple S blanket

Improvised edging:

Triple S blanket corner

See my Ravelry post on the same!

Besides that, if anybody manages to stumble past here or is still subscribed to my RSS feed, I’m sorry for the template problems – I’m on here so rarely that I’ve been neglectful. Hopefully I’ll clean this place up in the next year or so.

Comments (1) January 27, 2013 @ 11:23 pm |
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