Sunday, April 29, 2007

It Took Me Longer To Post...

Than it Did for me to Knit This!

I made this cute little rabbit for my daughter for Easter.

This is the Rabbit from Natural Knits for Babies & Moms. The yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Nut Brown and Bone (and a teeny amount of RYC Cashsoft in Donkey for the embroidered face). I used US7 bamboo needles (I think that is the size anyway- it has been a while- I used whatever was called for in the pattern). This was a quick knit and even the finishing didn't take that long (about a week start to finish).

I wish the seaming was better, but overall I am pleased with the results (I have since taken a finishing class and I expect future efforts to be more "professionally" finished). This was my first knitted toy and with a 15 month old daughter and a little boy on the way, I expect you'll be seeing more of me around here. More pictures, et cetera are available at my blog.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Hi everyone! I love making toys. I think my first was the dim sum from Knitty, although I quickly moved on to toys for people. Jess Hutch's rabbit is so great to knit that I keep meaning to do it again.

Right now I'm designing a knit toy, so I can't say too much about it except that I think you'll like it when it's ready.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Pattern for knitted lion and tiger

I've just noticed that someone asked in the comments on a previous post about whether there was a lion pattern around.

Well there is:

It's from the 1940s and is available on the V&A Museum website in their knitting section. The rest of the section is worth looking at too.
I haven't knitted it yet, it looks fab. It's on my 'To Do' list!

Saturday, April 14, 2007


Thanks for allowing me to join. Looks like a fun blog - talking about knitted toys. Something very warm, old fashion and quaint about them, which I just love.
I have a 5mth old boy and I have started to knit toys for him.
Firstly, Debbie Bliss' sheep:

Project Specifications:

Sheep from Debbie Bliss' Farmyard Knits
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad DK for the body and Jo Sharp DK for face, feet and horns
Needles: 3.25mm
Notes: Getting the stuffing 'right' was quite challenging - that is, firm enough to keep the legs upright, without distorting the body

The second project is a rabbit, using a vintage pattern that I found on display in a quirky shop in my area. It sells a mix of vintage clothes, old china, yarn, fabric and other crafty stuff. They wouldn't sell the pattern, but they copied it for me.

And here is how it turned out - it was finished on Easter Sunday.

Project Specifications:

Pattern: Vintage Pattern 'The Rabbit Family' - Father Rabbit knitted
Yarn: Freedom 100% wool by Twilleys of Stamford (50g, 50m balls)
Needles: 8mm (yarn label specifies 10mm)
Notes: Father Rabbit took 7 balls (6 and a third really) knitted at a tension of 12st in 10cm

Saturday, April 7, 2007


Thanks for letting me join your KAL. Knitting toys seems to be so fun and creative, I couldn't ignore this group. While I have both Fiona McTague and Family Circle's toy books plus a few scattered patterns in my library, I've yet to sit down and knit a toy. I've recently ordered Stone and Lowe's Adorable Sock Dolls to Make & Love since the toys seem to be as the title describes, just too adorable.

I like the FO's I've seen posted and will check back regularly to see the wonderful things you guys knit up. In my case, it'll be a month before I have anything to show since other obligations are keeping me from devoting much time to knitting.

In the meantime, have fun knitting and being creative.