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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Knitted Stuffed Toys

This past summer while we were vacationing up north, my older daughter and I had our little shopping day going to our usual favorite places, one of which is Patternworks. I made a few purchases of patterns I had been looking at for a while on their website and just the other day I started working on one that looked fun and quick.

Knitted Stuffed ToysThis is a pattern for little cuddly stuffed toys, all using the same basic body shape and each having a different set of ears and different embroidered facial features. I had almost a whole skein of deliciously soft chunky yarn left over from the cutest little poncho I had made for my younger daughter a few years ago. That was a pattern I also found at Patternworks, which seems to no longer be available there. I'll post a picture of the poncho soon just so you can see how cute it is and I'll see if I can dig up the pattern in case you are interested in hunting it down.

Anyway, back to the stuffed toy...I think I will be making this first one into a bear. I think a blue bear would be really cute, don't you?

This pattern calls for knitting on double pointed needles, something I have not done too much of mainly because I just couldn't seem to manage all the needles and the yarn and the work all at the same time and it just became too frustrating. But I started this project and I am now up to the point where the shaping for the arms begins. It's coming along quite well and I'm starting to get the feeling that I might actually think about doing something serious on double pointed needles like a pair of socks. But not today!

I think one of the reasons this project is working out so well is because the pattern calls for any heavy weight yarn, the softer the better, and needles that are 2 or 3 sizes smaller than the yarn calls for. This makes for some very tight stitches and very little chance for the needles to slip out of the stitches.

The pattern is from a company called Oat Couture. They have some darling patterns for children and babies, but they are a wholesale company so you would have to check out their Where to Buy page to find a store near you or a mail order source for their patterns.

I should be finished with this project this week sometime so I'll show you how it turns out soon. In the meantime, I have a few other project up my sleeve for this week. One is finishing the Mystery Quilt Project which I should get the last instructions for soon. I have a list of knit and crochet videos I want to get working on so I can add them to my video library. And I need to start sewing on the black tote bag for my sister's Christmas gift too. So those are some things you can expect to see here shortly.

What kind of creative things are you working on these days?

Happy Stitching!

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