I live on an orange ranch with my husband and two small children. Keeping them happy is a full-time job, but I still manage to squeeze in some time to knit or draw or sew whenever I can. Even though ...
I live on an orange ranch with my husband and two small children. Keeping them happy is a full-time job, but I still manage to squeeze in some time to knit or draw or sew whenever I can. Even though the days of crafting away an entire afternoon (ok, entire day) are gone, the joy of giving my kids something I made by hand makes up for it.
I love the challenge of designing something and ripping it out or starting over and trying again until I make it right. I really, really love to say, "I made that!"
One day I plan to write and illustrate some clever children's books, and maybe some strange art books for adults.
My daughter calls little toys that aren't obviously one thing or another a "guy". This little guy is a blank canvas for making custom toys. Make a guy, then use yarn, felt, beads, sculpted clay, or whatever else strikes your inspiration to add facial features to your guy. Make more or fewer arms and legs. Add hair or a mane. Knit up a snout, ears, horns, a tail, wings, spikes, or any other body parts your guy needs to come to life. While you're at it, knit it a hat or a scarf or a bow. Give your guy a name.
And then make another!
You can knit this guy up in whatever yarn you have around, which makes him an awesome stash-buster. Make a Stockinette stitch gauge swatch in your intended yarn and needles. This pattern is intended to be rather tightly knit, so if your swatch comes out too drapey and flexible, you may want to go down a needle size or two so that when this toy is stuffed, the stuffing won't show through.