Type of item: Toy
Style: Whimsical, Cute, Eco-Friendly, Funky
Leftover worsted weight yarn in two shades of brown, US size 2 knitting needles, tiny scraps of yarn cleaned out of the bottom of my knitting bag (for stuffing)
What was your inspiration?
My Father in law has a wild sense of humor, and a penchant for punishing puns. My husband and I were out visiting the in laws for the holidays a few years back and I was knitting up a storm. Tom asked me what projects I had completed lately, except it didn't come out quite like that. Instead of having a discussion about finished objects, we ended up having a long running conversation about the past tense of the word knit.
He decided that my obsessive knitting was a bit nutty and therefore the past tense of "knit" must be "knut". At one point during the visit he asked what I was knuttin', and I had to tell him I was knuttin' knuthin' as I had finished all my projects. He teasingly asked me if I thought I could knut him a knitted nut. I told him I didn't think so because I would have to have already knut it for it to be an already properly knutted nut. Later that evening I was inspired by a few stray yards of brown wool and a pile of little yarn tails that I found at the bottom of my knitting bag. I had always wanted to try to make something sort of free form, and this seemed like a reasonable time to try. The next morning I served him his freshly knut nut with breakfast. He has kept it on his desk ever since, and he still occasionally asks me what I am knutting knext.
What are you most proud of?
It makes me happy that I was able to knit a pun in a night. You never know what you can do until you try!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
It is far less difficult to free form something than you might think. Just knit for a while and if you don't like how it is going you can always rip it back some and try another set of increases or decreases. There is no shame in trying something that doesn't work, the next thing you try might work perfectly!