Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Back in October 2015 I put together a post of selected doll patterns, and now I am (very belatedly) getting to the companion post I planned at the time: a post of selected knitted toys. In picking these out I've focused on picking out interesting and unusual (though still cute and lovable) animal toys. Bears and bunnies are to be had at any toy store, but it would be much harder to find, say, a hedgehog toy, such as the Huggable Hedgehog above, designed by Debbie Radtke.
The Voodoo Do You Love Me?, design, by Susan Claudino, is for the older, and possibly macabre, child. Or for someone who wants a dual-purpose pincushion.
The Monkey Jacobus pattern, by Annita Wilschut, is one happy-looking monkey, and would also be a great way to use up odds and ends of scrap yarn.
This is the jester mouse from Tails of Yore, by Alan Dart, which is a collection of mice toys in medieval-inspired costumes. It's worth a look at the Ravelry page for this pattern to see the others. My second favourite is the monk mouse, which might easily have replaced Christian Slater's character in The Name of the Rose.
This is the adorable and well turned-out Girl Elephant in a Frondy Frock, by Julie Williams. I'd recommend checking out Julie Williams' page on Ravelry, as her toys are off-the-charts cute, and always very nattily dressed.
Half the fun of making this Gingerbread Boy, by Sara Elizabeth Kellner, would be decorating him at the end.
This Opus the Octopus toy, by Cate Carter-Evans, looks like he'd be a satisfying, if slightly unwieldy, cuddle. This is a Knitty pattern, and therefore available for free.
The Giraffe, by Susan B. Anderson, is gawky in an appealing way, like the real thing. This pattern is available both on Ravelry and in Anderson's book Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids.
The Knitapotamus the Knitted Hippo, by Heidi Bears, would be the perfect gift for a child who wants a hippopotamus for Christmas (given that a hippopotamus could be kept in a two-car garage, and that the kid could feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage...). It would also be an excellent scrap yarn project.
This is the Rainy Day Turtle, by Barbara Prime. I seem to have a definite thing for animal toys in dapper little outfits.
This is the Dashing Dachshund, by Ella Austin. I should never have thought that a toy that looked like the offspring of a dachshund and an argyle sock could be so very cute.
Ducks in a Row, by Sara Elizabeth Kellner. This is one very cute and even quite realistic mallard duck. I never see one of these ducks without a smile, because they remind me of the time my then five-year-old niece Peaches and I were taking a walk by the river in the little town where my parents live, and I was telling her about the waterfowl. I pointed out the swans and the Canada geese and the mallard ducks, and I'd just explained that the particular duck we were watching, with a blue stripe on its wing, was a female mallard, and added, "The boy mallard duck has a green head," when this particular little factoid sent Peaches off into a fit of the giggles. This made me realize for the first time in my life that it is pretty ridiculous that a living creature should have a green head.
Lucy's Owl, by Rachel Gallagher-Miller, would be another fun scrap yarn project, because it could be done in any number of non-owl-like colours.
The Dickensian Mice, by Alan Dart, look like something straight out of The Muppet Christmas Carol.
The Striped Snake, by Sarah Ann Thompson, is quite a sporty-looking reptile, and will also come in handy as a draft-blocker.
Raoul Raccoon, by Alan Dart, is another quite well-rendered animal toy. A little too much for liking, actually. I live in Toronto where there is a large raccoon population, all of which seem to be well-fed and bold as brass. There's one in particular that likes to come to sit on the step outside the terrace door of my attic workroom and sit there for up to several hours at a time, staring in at me and watching me work. I call him Creeper Coon.
This is Lester the Leicester, by Natasha Sills, and I half expect him to break out in a little jig any second now.
The No Fool, Joe Cool toy, by Sara Hall, needs no introduction. I'd be inclined to make him a red scarf, flight helmet, and aviator googles so that he could imagine himself taking on the Red Baron.
The Peruvian llama, by Alan Dart, is adorable on its own, but its little serape and Peruvian hat puts the cuteness factor right over the top.
I love this Crackin' Good, Humpty Dumpty toy, by Alan Dart, with its hilariously horrified air.
The Felted Woolly Kitty Kat, by Marie Mayhew, has some definite cattitude.
Here's another cat, but this time it's a teddy-style cat rather than a pillow-like cat: Ginger Tom, by Sue Stratford. This pattern is available both on Ravelry and in Stratford's book Knitted Cats & Kittens.
There were a number of cute dragon patterns on Ravelry, but I think The Little Purple Dragon, by Loly Fuertes, is the one that reaches peak dragon cuteness.
Friday, 11 November 2016
Yesterday was this blog's fourth, or "fruits and flowers", anniversary. I did a post of selected floral-themed knits for May Day several years back, which means my anniversary post be all about fruit-themed designs. These are the Citrus Mittens, designed by Kris Knits. I love the artistic and realistic level of detail in them.
Kid's Fruit Cap. These little fruit cap patterns are so ubiquitous on the knitting scene I had to include them. It's easy to understand why: they are cute, quick and easy to make, and very versatile, because one can change the kind of fruit represented by changing the colour and by adding or removing seed stitches as desired.
How cute are these are the Watermelon Socks, designed by Wendy Gaal? I can't believe I like them so much -- I am not a goofy socks person, and I hate watermelon.
Apple Cloth. I wish I liked using knitting dishcloths, as I'd then have an excuse to make some of the many, many dishcloth patterns that are out there, but I'm a J-cloth woman to the bone. The pattern for this one isn't available any longer, but it would be dead easy to recreate the pattern from this picture.
The Icewine Mittens, by Em Holbert. Very pretty and winter-y.
These Strawberry Booties, by Hrönn Jónsdóttir, are what the well-dressed baby wears to the Strawberry Festival.
The Grapevine Hat, by Amy Loberg. I love these rich, warm colourways for winter wear.
The Strawberry Top, by Ewelina Murach. This is simple, wearable, and cute, but I think I'd do the strawberry outline in duplicate stitch or even in intarsia rather than crocheting it on top.
The Watermelon Cardigan, designed by Kerstin Olsson. This is a Bohus Stickning pattern from 1961, and you might have some difficulty tracking down a pattern for it, but I had to include it because I love the way the beautiful colourway evokes a watermelon slice without being too literal.
The Strawberry Mittens, designed by Natalia Moreva. In the midst of winter, you can find an invincible summer, not only within you, but also on your hands. Top that, Albert Camus.
А компот?!, by Natalia Moreva. It's no coincidence that so many of the items in this post are mittens. Mittens are like little canvases for knitters, and they're also perfect places to run with a whimsical, intricate motif that might look too juvenile or be too much work on a larger item like a sweater.
Blueberry Mittens, by Ricaco Kimura. A simple and effective graphic rendering.
Thursday, 25 February 2016
To mark the end of the watchable, if lacklustre, 2016 mini-season of The X-Files, I've decided to do a post of selected alien-themed knits. Much was left hanging in the air at the finale's end, narratively and literally speaking, and those involved in The X-Files have said they are willing to do more episodes as their schedules permit, so there may be more to come. While we await further episodes (which I hope that Chris Carter will not be writing, because he's a hack, there I said it), we can always knit ourselves some cute and cuddly aliens.
The photo above is of the Alien Autopsy pattern, designed by Emily Stoneking and available for $4.50(USD). You can use it to help yourself imagine that you are Scully, happily slicing and dicing. Don't forget to order a pizza mid-autopsy, as Scully would.
If you want a alien-themed toy for the little alien-obsessed Fox Mulder in your life and the autopsy pattern doesn't seem quite suitable for a child, this toy spaceship might be more to your liking. This design is the Orbiting Oddity, by Anna Hrachovec. This pattern appeared in Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi.
This is the Emerson the Incognito Alien, designed by Jenna Krupar, and it would seem that Emerson has decided to try to pass as a French existentialist. This pattern is available for $6.00(USD).
This is the Alien Illusion Scarf, designed by Shetha Nolke. Can't you just see a teenaged Mulder wearing this scarf to high school and using its illusionary qualities as the basis for a monotone monologue on the existence of extra terrestrial life? This pattern appears in Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook.
Here's another alien-themed scarf, and in this one the very cute alien and spaceship motifs are plain to be seen. The Anybody Out There? pattern, designed by the Galagonya Gulova workshop, is available for free.
This Aliens and Spaceship design, by Jean Woods, is so adorable that it could probably colonize the planet without anyone objecting. This pattern is available for $3.00(USD).
Speaking of adorable beings whom we're glad to have rule us, how cute this is this little guy's vest? This is the Baby Alien vest, by Barbara Gregory, and the pattern is available for $6(USD).
I find this one way cuter and funnier than the standard animal ears toddler hat. This is the Take Me To Your Leader Toddler Hat, by Sharon Mooney, and this pattern is available for $5.50(USD).
This is one far out baby blanket. The Outer Space Blanket pattern, by ShoedivaOriginals, is available for $10(USD).
These toy aliens are equal parts creepy and cute! The Aliens from the Planet Flangelzwat pattern, by Liz Wray, is available for £2.50(GBP).
The Sleep With an Alien Pillow pattern, by Christine Grant, is available for $3.25(USD). I'm thinking that if this is given to a kid, the pillow will be just as likely to be lobbed at a sibling or used for impromptu bowling games as slept with, but hey, why not.
The Cyclops Pocket Alien, by Dawn Finney, can be used not only for bowling or hurling at a sibling but also may be employed as a handy holder for such odds and ends as the remote or keys. Now that's a useful item. The pattern is available for $4(USD).
And here's a very cute little Aliens in Space sweater, designed by Sylvia Leake. This pattern is available for $5.49(USD).