Category Archives: toys

So long, 2014

2014 has been quite the year around here. Last fall I decided to take an extended break from knit blogging and professional knit design. After finishing my PhD in 2012, I was finding that I needed to focus more energy … Continue reading

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Holiday knitting—gator mitts!

I have pretty mixed feelings about handknit holiday gifts. Mainly, I am not very good at thinking about things like Christmas gifts in July, which is pretty much what’s required if you’re going to make multiple handknit gifts. The result … Continue reading

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I finished up sewing in the last of Lionel’s mane last night, it’s pretty intense: I’m thinking he needs to start modeling for shampoo commercials, no? Here are a few quick snaps of his front: I’m finalizing a few details … Continue reading

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gone walkabout

Lionel is up and walking on his own now: A few finishing touches left, but he’s almost ready for a final unveiling and I am totally in love with how he’s come along.

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One of the fun parts of coming up with your own patterns is experimenting with different approaches to get a look that’s just right. And I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with Lionel’s mane. The first approach was the … Continue reading

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Roosevelt is live!

I’m thrilled to announce that the pattern for Roosevelt is now live! If you’re looking for a quick and easy gift to make for the upcoming holiday season, consider adding this little guy to your list: The pattern is available … Continue reading

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A quick peek at the project I’ll be working on this weekend: A little toy lion, worked up in some Knitpicks Palette. I think he’ll be great company during the rain storm we’re supposed to get!

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I now have two projects active and on the needles:Roosevelt (take two) is nearing completion: The draft of the pattern is going out to test knitters today.  I have really loved making these two little bears and I think there … Continue reading

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Apologies about the glitch over the weekend, let’s just say that my hosting service was not so on the ball.  I, however, was very on the ball about progressing on the second iteration of Roosevelt: I’ve been doing this second … Continue reading

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weedy wednesday: brussel sprout edition

Each year when I plan out my garden, I like to have a mix of plants I have grown before with success (tomatoes, green beans, and so on), and then one or two new items that I have not tried … Continue reading

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