I was going through an old photo album of items I have handknitted this afternoon and thought I would share some of the toys I made.
The first two pictures are of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck. These were orders for a lady in Belgium back in 2000. They were to be christmas presents for her little girl and I am sure she loved them as I found it very difficult to send them after putting in so much work. I wonder whether they have survived the seven years!!
I wonder whether anyone remembers this little character. He was a nightmare to sew together as he actually has a mouth which opens, I was emailed out of the blue and asked whether I could knit him if they sent me the knitting pattern, little did I know at the time how awkward he would be.
This is my favourite and I have made three of them (one was for my neighbour), as I recall he was around 2.5ft tall if not slightly taller. He was finished off with a real pair of children’s wellingtons. I always said I would knit myself one but I have never gotten round to it.
These cute little bears were for a lady who was also going through infertility and she wanted them to put in her baby’s nursery if her final attempt of IVF was successful. I was hesitant to knit them for her as I feared they may have caused a jinx, but as instructed I knitted them up and sent them off to her. A few weeks later I had an email from her thanking me, they had been a lucky charm as her final IVF attempt was successful.
I love knitting up toys but hate sewing them up. Once they have been completed they really give you a sense of achievement. I had knitted the full set of tellytubbies for my nephew when he was small and also a postman pat for him. My sister requested a shaun the sheep which was duly made for her.
It is funny how cartoon characters go round in full circle and I wonder how many of my toys are still out there (I know my sister’s and nephews toys have been thrown away a long time ago).
I hope that one day I will get the chance to knit some of these popular toys for my own child for christmas and birthday presents.
This year there is yet another christmas without a child and the closer it gets to the big day the more I feel like there is a piece of me missing and I miss the babies whom I lost through my many miscarriages. This year I managed to get all of my presents over the internet so have avoided the shops full of christmas toys.
Perhaps after christmas I will dig out the part knitted Winnie the Pooh toy and finish sewing him up.