Friday, December 28, 2012

Secret Knitting: Toys!

In today's post, I'll be sharing the toys I made for holiday gifting this year, starting with the Fraternal Twin Monkeys I made for our friends in Portland who were expecting twins next month. However, they got an early Christmas gift this year with the early arrival of said twins on Christmas Eve!

The pattern is Rebecca Danger's Jerry the Musical Monkey, and I used some Cascade 220 that I got on closeout from Doodlebug Yarn earlier this year. It was so hard to send them away to their new home, but I know they will be well-loved.

Early last week, I decided to crochet two patterns from the book I got for my birthday, Stacey Trock's Crocheted Softies; one for my friend Ellen and one to add to Tyler's stocking. For Ellen, I thought that Milton the Slowpoke Snail would be really awesome with a Zombie BBQ shell (and I just happened to have a partial skein of Shepherd Worsted in my stash in that particular colorway!). Who doesn't need a Christmas snail?

For my husband, I thought I'd make Zork the Alien, which he seemed to like when I was paging through the book. I originally wanted to make it in aqua, but didn't have enough yarn on hand. The fates decreed I should use the very same green color as pictured, which is not something I typically do! For flair, I decided to crochet the ruffle using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Envy. Tyler loved it and was most definitely surprised!

Finally, my pal Ellen made this awesome bear for me - he's felted and fuzzy, and I love this little bear toes!


  1. Love the idea of a Christmas snail. I love Stacey's patterns. I also love those monkeys!

  2. All very cute and I'm very envious of the New Glarus. We can't get that here.