Tuesday, 26 March 2013

What's a bassoon?

When people ask me what I do for a living... I say, I'm a musician. Then of course the next question is always, what do you play?
When I answer 'the bassoon', 9 times out of 10 this is met with a blank stare, or 'is that like a violin/saxophone/trumpet?'. 'Er..not really. At all. No.'

knitted instrument

So... I decided to knit one. Well... a mini me, holding a mini bassoon.

 To knit the basic head and body of my mini me, I used the pattern for 'little londoners' from the Stitch London book. This is really lovely book full of random quirky little things to knit, all london related, and more useful gifts too, like mug huggers and book covers.

So after knitting my basic little person, I embroidered on some eyes and a mouth, a sort of knot for the nose, and sewed on strands of wool to the scalp area for hair.

 To give the arms some structure I pushed a length of thin beading wire through each one so I could move them to the position I wanted. I did the same thing for the bassoon itself, to keep it straight, and added detail with silver thread and more wire. To attach the bassoon to the arms, I pushed a piece of wire through both pieces and back out in a U shape.

knitted instrument

So now whenever someone asks me 'What's a bassoon?' I can whip this out of my handbag. There may also be other little musicians on the way so watch this space...

UPDATE:
This post has somehow become one of my most popular. (I never realised how many people were googling 'What's a bassoon', or 'knitted bassoon', apparently quite a few!) Thank you for the appreciative comments, and I'm pleased to say, if you'd like one of these, in your choice of colour, hair style instrument etc, they are now available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Littleknitbits.


Emily Kate.

9 comments:

  1. You should make these to sell on Etsy or something. I'm a bassoonist as well, and I would LOVE to have one!

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    1. Aw thank you, I was thinking of doing that at some point actually! Watch this space..

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  2. Incredible! I would buy one if she had blonde hair:-)

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    1. Well when I eventually get round to opening an etsy shop, you can!

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    2. I would also buy one with short blonde hair! To the Etsy you must go! [:

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  3. Beautiful and Brilliant! I want to make one too! I get those stares, too...

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes I just lie and say piano...everyone knows what one of those is!

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  4. Hello Emily Kate!
    A very close friend of mine happens to be completing her final performance exam on the bassoon for her degree this November. As a little congratulations gift to her, I was wondering whether I would be able to buy one of these gorgeous, knitted magical figurines off you.
    I would happily pay you.
    Hopefully we can sort something out because these things need to be shown to the rest of the world!
    Best wishes,
    Melanie :)

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    1. Hi Melanie, I finally got round to putting them on etsy, please see my latest blog post!

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