First Knitted Toy

It's been a long time since I've posted anything. In fact, I think the last time was when I finished the baby blanket for my soon-to-be-born niece. Well, Lorelei has since been born and will turn one in August.

Since finishing the blanket I have not gotten much knitting done. This past year in school was quite exasperating, leaving little time or intrest for working on knitted projects. As soon as I finished the blanket I started a sock which I didn't finish until the drive to Mesilla Park, NM for Thanksgiving. The sock didn't come out the way I had hoped. For one, it wasn't as long as I had wanted it to be, and two, the pattern design had no heel on it (which at first was okay for me because I didn't want to have to turn a heel) but with no heel in the sock it just didn't seem to fit right. Furthermore, the sock without a heel looks kind of like a knitted snake... or a knitted something. Some of my fellow students in formation got a good laugh when I finished it on the car ride. I haven't started the second sock in the pair yet, so I'm not displaying a photo of it.

After the sock I began working on a hat. I wanted to do something different, so I tweaked my stocking cap pattern with some cables. Again, I didn't really like the way it came out. It seemed a little bulky to me. And the colors I chose... I thought the paprika and the painted desert colors would go very well together, which in a way they do. However, to me it looks like the Miami Sound Machine blew up on it. I call it the fiesta hat, and I don't think the person I gave it to is going to wear it much.

Finally, the last thing I knitted is a little bunny toy for my niece's birthday. It is the first toy i've ever made, so it is a first for stuffing, embroidering, and sewing knitted pieces together. It was a lot more work than the pattern seemed to imply, and the whole project was kind of a pain, but it was a labor of love. It actually came out better than I thought it would, so I'm quite proud of it.

Well, that's it for now. I'm also working of a scarf in ribbing which will keep me occupied. Maybe this year I can get more knitting done. We'll see.


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ronhuber's picture

The hat is beautiful!! You have chosen wonderful colours and the cables are great. As is the toy. I am sure your niece will love it. As to your sock.... We have all made things that we are not pleased with and you are not the first. However, I sure wouldn't knit the second sock and waste all that time to have a pair of socks that I don't like and will never wear. Why not use the sock you don't like and don't wear as a marble bag, or a bag for your golf balls or a lunch tote for an apple and bottle of water. And with the left over yarn from the second sock you can knit your niece a pair of socks that have heels. If you can knit that intricate toy I am sure you can turn a heel.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Ron had a great response. I agree that you should just move on to another pair of socks and use the first one for something else. There are so many different ways to make socks that there is bound to be a combination that suits your needs, even if it may take some experimenting to find it. I like the toy bunny and can see where it was a challenge but it sure is unique. I hope the niece likes it. Anyhow, I hope you can do more knitting in the do good work. Take care.

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