Topsy Turvey Doll by Jean Greenhowe
Type of item: Toy
Style: Whimsical, Casual, Cute, Traditional, Funky
Acrylic yarn, polyester stuffing.
What was your inspiration?
I love the patterns published by Jean Greenhowe for knitted toys and this one is a little different. The doll is actually a double one - Red Riding Hood at one end and her Grandma at the other. The dolls have two faces each: one happy and one sad and the one you don't want visible at the time is either covered by Red Riding Hood's little hood or Granny's mob-cap (not shown in the photos - I don't know where it has gone - I'll have to knit her another one). The skirt is double, so that one side shows for each doll and both of them should have a little apron which can be turned either to the front or the back, depending on which of the faces is relevant to the story at the time (will have to knit another apron too!). It's a great tool for illustrating a bedtime story (I never did knit a wolf, and don't think I would have done, even if there had been a pattern for one - we don't want nightmares, do we?)
What are you most proud of?
Making something a bit different - it's very easy and not not nearly as fiddly as it looks. Jean Greenhowe's patterns are so very easy to follow - in fact, it's very difficult to go wrong!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Use really bright, cheerful colours, and keep on stuffing, stuffing, stuffing to make a nice firm doll.