(By the way, Totoro is from Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animated film "My Neighbor Totoro". I have it on my Netflix queue but there is a Loooooong Wait for it. )
Since it does not take a whole lot of arm twisting to get me to A) Make something cutesie and B) Knit stranded mittens - I knew what what my next project would be. I had some Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Winter White leftover from the scarf I had made my cousin for Hannukah so her new mittens will match perfectly. I headed downtown to my LYS to pick up a blue or grey and found this great new colorway of Ultra Alpaca called Blue Steel. A great color (I like greys) and the added bonus of sounding like a cheesy 80s action movie. Then woman ringing up my sale asked my what I was making, it turns out she is a huge Miyazaki fan and was thrilled to talk knitting and japanese film.
I seemed to bang out the mittens pretty quickly, there are some long floats that you have to deal with but otherwise a straightforward knit. I think they are pretty sweet.
After the mittens were done I still had a ton of Blue Steel left over so I scanned through rav and found the cutest stuffed Totoro. Turns out a ingenious ravelry user had adapted the stuffed cat, Kate from Knitty into Totoro and was kind enough to put all the changes in her project notes (I love rav). I got this guy done in one night of insomnia with just some detail work to be done the next day. He is pretty frakkin' adorable if I do say so myself.