Toys are such fun to make, and they are one of the challenges for Loopy Academy Junior Year. You know Loopy Academy is all about stretching outside your comfort zone and learning new things (for most of us). Knitting or crocheting something 3-D is a stretch for many of us. But there are so many fun options out there! Here are some links to some of my favorites:
Alan Dart – I first saw his patterns in issues of Simply Knitting magazine and totally fell in love with what he does. (Have I made any of them? No! Do I want to make almost all of them? Yes!) I don’t have small kids to knit toys for, but these would be for me. 🙂 These Yuletide Gnomes are a favorite, but I also love Pearl the Knitter, the Nativity Set, Initial Imps, Albert and Mabel, Cyber Sam, Jack Frost, Night Owl, Kittie’s Knit Club, and Odd Job Man.
Rebecca Danger – My friend Sheryl and I told Julia (aka Knitting Daughter) that she should get married right away and have a baby just so we could knit her up a nursery from Rebecca’s adorable patterns. (Julia passed on that remarkable offer. Unbelievable.) I have knit up a blanket and monster from her fun Knit A Monster Nursery book. I particularly love Heroic Herschel, Maverick Mercury Monster, Vinny V, Basil the Boogie Woogie Brontasaurus (one of my WIP’s – must finish), and Robbie the Radiant Robot.
Susan B Anderson – I think Susan’s books were some of the first knitting books I purchased. I have always loved her fun designs. Of course my very favorite is Loopy, which she did for us last year! But I also love Fox in a Vest, Mary, Millie and Morgan, McHenry, Barn Cat, Sheep, and Knit Chickens.
How about making something for the upcoming holidays to sit on a shelf in your entry? Like Jack O’Lantern, Mr. and Mrs. Christmas, Harvest Time, Spooky Spider, Christmas Snowmen, Holly, Ivy and Steve (for the name alone. Steve. Hah!), Big Snowy Owl, and 3 Gnomes.
Or something just for fun? Like Monkey Jacobus, Sheldon, The Parlor Cat, Miss Gelato Giraffe, Poklon (I love his worried expression), Rollie, C is for Cat, and of course all of Julie Williams amazing designs.
I know some of you were having trouble finding softies big enough to use up 250 yards. Please note that for this challenge you can add in clothing for the toys, or even do sets of toys (like two of those cute Gnomes or Albert and Mabel from Alan Dart, or a boy and girl bunny from Julie Williams, or a big and small chicken from Susan B Anderson). The purpose of the challenge is to knit something you might not have considered before, to try a 3-D project, and to have fun!