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Shandeh
06-30-2008, 09:56 PM
Hello everyone! :waving:

UPDATE: Since our July 2008 Toy Knit-Along was such a success, we've decided to keep it going indefinitely! So if you want to join us in making toys with yarn, you are more than welcome! :hug:

I'm SO excited to host my very first monthly KH Knit-Along.
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Last year, I was always interested in watching Hildie or Braden post the latest knit-along. I can't believe I'm doing it this time!
:woohoo:

Anyway.....back to business.

Our July KAL is TOYS!

You can knit or crochet any toy of your choice this month.

I'm planning on making one of the animals from the Alan Dart (http://www.alandart.co.uk/)"Noah's Ark" pattern I got with a recent "Simply Knitting (http://www.simplyknitting.co.uk/)" magazine. I'm also interested in the patterns by Jean Greenhowe (http://www.jeangreenhowe.com/). And there are many others that appeal to me as well.

I've never knit or crochet a toy before, but I figure that summer is a perfect time to do it. You only need little bits of yarn, and the project shouldn't take too long.

So, look through your patterns, choose a toy to make, and get crackin! :thumbsup:

If you've never noticed the free patterns available on the internet, get started here:

Free Knitting Patterns for Toys (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/toys.php)
Free Crochet Patterns for Toys (http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/toys.php)

Secksiebrat
06-30-2008, 11:17 PM
Great KAL Shandeh. I might jump in on this one if I can get some time!

~danielle~

Jan in CA
07-01-2008, 12:13 AM
I think I might make some of these little guys -
http://jeangreenhowe.com/Images/Rainbow_Babies.pdf

But I just love Baby Bobbi Bear (http://www.blueskyalpacas.com/pattern_detail.php?patterns_ID=2), too.

:think:

MommaG
07-01-2008, 12:15 AM
For the last week I have been crocheting toy animals. I will post some pics when I take them of the latest ones.

Shandeh
07-01-2008, 12:58 AM
Great KAL Shandeh. I might jump in on this one if I can get some time! ~danielle~
Yay! I hope you find time to join us! :hug:

I think I might make some of these little guys -
http://jeangreenhowe.com/Images/Rainbow_Babies.pdf
But I just love Baby Bobbi Bear (http://www.blueskyalpacas.com/pattern_detail.php?patterns_ID=2), too. :think:
I was just looking at those Rainbow Babies, Jan! They are ADORABLE!!! :heart: :heart:

For the last week I have been crocheting toy animals. I will post some pics when I take them of the latest ones.
How cool is that?! :cheering:

Shandeh
07-01-2008, 01:01 AM
Jan, I wish you had the pattern to make this one:
http://www.jeangreenhowe.com/animals14.html

Karina
07-01-2008, 05:34 AM
I will be making a toy. not sure which one yet. I do have the Noar Ark pull out from that magazine. I also love that Bobbi bear, very cute.
Have found a free pattern for a teddy that looks like Mr Bean's which my son think is so funny. to many choices

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/toys/beanbear.htm

Jan in CA
07-01-2008, 11:39 PM
Jan, I wish you had the pattern to make this one:
http://www.jeangreenhowe.com/animals14.html

That is really cute. :yay:

Shandeh
07-02-2008, 12:04 AM
I will be making a toy.
Yay! Thanks for joining us! :cheering:

That is really cute. :yay:
Yes it is! It is perfect for a knitter with a kitty...like you!

ritaw
07-04-2008, 12:12 PM
Count me in!!! I love making toys :)

Jan in CA
07-04-2008, 12:44 PM
Ugh. I have so many things that I have to finish that I just don't know if I'll have time this month. I'm looking forward to everyone's projects though!

Nobones
07-04-2008, 12:58 PM
Count me in!!! I love making toys :)

Says the toy making Queen!

Your toys are always gorgeous.

Not sure I'd get to finish my toy by the end of the month but it's something to aim for.

ritaw
07-04-2008, 02:17 PM
Says the toy making Queen!

Your toys are always gorgeous.

Not sure I'd get to finish my toy by the end of the month but it's something to aim for.

I am sure you will finish it.:)............................................. ...........................

Race ya !!!!:happydance:

Shandeh
07-04-2008, 02:56 PM
Count me in!!! I love making toys :)
Cool! :thumbsup:
Ugh. I have so many things that I have to finish that I just don't know if I'll have time this month. I'm looking forward to everyone's projects though!
I know what you mean. I barely have time to eat! :roflhard:
Not sure I'd get to finish my toy by the end of the month but it's something to aim for.
Go for it, my friend! :hug:
Race ya !!!!:happydance:
:woohoo:

I still haven't decided what I'm going to make. I'll probably end up making a pebble baby. :teehee:
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/toys/pebble-baby.htm

Nobones
07-05-2008, 04:37 PM
I bought some stuffing today so I've got to finish the toy now. I might have to redo a leg, seems one is a little longer than the other, whoops!

Rita wouldn't have done that!:teehee:

KniftyKnitterGal
07-05-2008, 07:01 PM
I have looked around and I am still deciding...
But I do think I will make Kate the Cat though:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTkate.html

ritaw
07-06-2008, 03:51 AM
I bought some stuffing today so I've got to finish the toy now. I might have to redo a leg, seems one is a little longer than the other, whoops!

Rita wouldn't have done that!:teehee:

I can assure you ,That i have done many mistakes with many toys but unlike garments ,you can get away with a mistake or two :) And i have lol
Nice to have you on board:woot:

ritaw
07-06-2008, 08:35 AM
Here is the Alan Dart Tooth Fairy as she is for now :) Still have a bit to do

Jan in CA
07-06-2008, 06:51 PM
Cute, Rita!

MommaG
07-06-2008, 08:59 PM
I finished these just before July and I wont have time during the month to make any more I have got to many things on the needles right now. But I thought that I would share one of the pics I have of some toys I crocheted. The patterns are from Lion Brand yarn and they are refered to as Amigurumi patterns and they are so easy to make this pic is of the ones I made over a weekend.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n45/MommaG_2006/P1020070.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n45/MommaG_2006/P1020071.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n45/MommaG_2006/P1020066.jpg

Shandeh
07-07-2008, 02:14 AM
I bought some stuffing today so I've got to finish the toy now. I might have to redo a leg, seems one is a little longer than the other, whoops!
I think it would make it CUTE. I like lopsided toys. :heart:
I have looked around and I am still deciding...But I do think I will make Kate the Cat though
Nice plan! :wink:
Here is the Alan Dart Tooth Fairy as she is for now :) Still have a bit to do
Beautiful! :inlove: And you are a FAST knitter! :shock:
..........this pic is of the ones I made over a weekend.
Wow, you're fast too! :thud:

ritaw
07-07-2008, 07:25 AM
I finished these just before July and I wont have time during the month to make any more I have got to many things on the needles right now. But I thought that I would share one of the pics I have of some toys I crocheted. The patterns are from Lion Brand yarn and they are refered to as Amigurumi patterns and they are so easy to make this pic is of the ones I made over a weekend.



Very cute !! They are so sweet :)

lynn893
07-07-2008, 11:23 PM
I love knitting toys! I prefer Jean Greenhowe's patterns, but am open to any that I see that I fall in love with....

I've got a few projects on the go right now, but I'm always up for a new knitted toy.... (looks through the Jean stash to decide...)

mmmm.... ok. I'll join. I have one of her older books..."knitted toys" published in '86.

Mama's and babes. pg. 58-61.
I think I'll do the hedgehogs. :teehee: because they are soo, soo cute....
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/justme893/knit%20stuff/knits005.jpg
Here is a shot of the page from the book. I'll update my progress as I progress. :knitting:

ritaw
07-08-2008, 07:24 AM
Here is the finished Fairy . She is stands at 14 inches .
Thanks to Nobones for her help with this project :muah:

Nobones
07-08-2008, 08:49 AM
Mine isn't going to look like that :oops:

Nice to see a back view too, it's bigger than I thought already glad I'm using the DK not the worsted hubby wanted me to use.

ritaw
07-08-2008, 08:52 AM
Ellie , I think if you had gone with worsted your fairy would have been about 20in .
I am sure yours will look just as nice . :)
Thanks

Shandeh
07-08-2008, 06:28 PM
....mmmm.... ok. I'll join. I have one of her older books..."knitted toys" published in '86.
Mama's and babes. pg. 58-61.
I think I'll do the hedgehogs. :teehee: because they are soo, soo cute....
Thanks for joining! :)
And you're right. Those hedgehogs are adorable! :heart:
Here is the finished Fairy . She is stands at 14 inches .
Beautiful Fairy! :inlove:

Nobones
07-14-2008, 05:14 AM
Finished.... Now no-one laugh it's my first proper toy! I should have chosen something a bit simpler but it's done now.

Alan Dart's Tooth Fairy, (well sort of I gave her a make over :teehee:)

http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p359/Nobonesd/P7130001.jpg


Wuh-who I just completed my second KAL!

ritaw
07-14-2008, 11:30 AM
Finished.... Now no-one laugh it's my first proper toy! I should have chosen something a bit simpler but it's done now.

Alan Dart's Tooth Fairy, (well sort of I gave her a make over :teehee:)

http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p359/Nobonesd/P7130001.jpg


Wuh-who I just completed my second KAL!
I love her !!! Congratulations Ellie , She is sooooo yoooouuuuuu :muah:
She is lovely and you went in at the deep end with this one as she is so fiddly to put together . You will be able to do all the easy ones now :happydance:
I love her basque , she is so unique , Well done hun:):heart:

auntcrafty
07-14-2008, 11:36 AM
I like your fairy a lot! Great work doing your first toy.

Karina
07-14-2008, 01:16 PM
Nobones - I just love your fairy. Would never have thought to do it like that, Brilliant.

I did buy the mag just for this pattern, haven't had the time to look at it properly. Does it tell you how to get the neck to stand up like that.

you have both done a great job on your fairys.
BTW could we have a photo of her back nobones? did you use a novelty yarn for her wings?

Nobones
07-14-2008, 01:53 PM
Thanks everyone I'm so pleased you like her.

Karina (gorgeous name!) I did use novelty yarn, a black eyelash with black 4ply. It gives it that furry look. It ended up a bit bulky with the wings padded like Rita's so I just used 2 of the smaller ones.

The neck is a straw, but I put put cotton buds in mine as well to make it a bit more ridged. Thank goodness for Rita doing this at the same time, I'd have been in a big old mess if it wasn't for her!

Back view.

http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p359/Nobonesd/P7130010.jpg

Shandeh
07-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Magnificent! You ladies ROCK! :notworthy:

ritaw
07-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Awww Thanks Ellie , it was my pleasure . I am so glad you made her . She looks very hip and cool :)

lynn893
07-15-2008, 08:46 PM
Both of those fairy's are fantastic!!! I can't wait to find that magazine up here in Canada.... (I've been told it usually takes a couple months!?!?! not sure why, but I'll keep my eyes open)

lynn893
07-16-2008, 08:20 PM
Ok, I'm done the baby hedgehog. And I started working on mama at the pool today. :woohoo:

lynn893
07-16-2008, 10:05 PM
Mama & Baby Hedgehogs done on US #1 needles using Bernat Satin.

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/justme893/knit%20stuff/hedgehogs015.jpg

Jan in CA
07-16-2008, 10:22 PM
Love the fairy and those hedgehogs are adorable!:inlove:

Shandeh
07-16-2008, 11:48 PM
Cute Hedgehogs! :heart: :heart: :heart:

So far, England and Canada have been very well represented in our knit-along. Where are the Americans? Come on, US knitters!

ritaw
07-17-2008, 08:08 AM
Awww so cute . They are adorable little hedgehogs:)

Karina
07-17-2008, 11:59 AM
Lynn your hedgehogs are so cute.

lynn893
07-17-2008, 01:31 PM
I have to agree, they did turn out nicely (the hedgehogs). They were very, very fiddly though!

I'm heading out to the pool again this afternoon, I might just bring some yellow & black yarn for when I'm done swimming but the kids aren't finished yet. Can you guess what else off that page (I origionally posted) I'm going to do?
:teehee:

Braden
07-17-2008, 05:20 PM
I have a great replacement! Who will probably do a better job, too! :teehee:

Shandeh
07-18-2008, 01:10 AM
I have a great replacement! Who will probably do a better job, too! :teehee:
Hiya Braden! :woohoo:
It's nice to hear from you again. :)

And, I'm not really a replacement....just filling in for this month.
:wink:

Firey Vixxen
07-18-2008, 11:30 PM
Even though the month is more than half over, can I join? I've got 90% of a rabbit done using stash partial skeins (Forgot the navy yarn so he's not going to be compleated 'till next weekend when I go home) and I'm about to start the first of 3 bears I want to get done.
FV

Shandeh
07-18-2008, 11:33 PM
Of course you can join!
I'm just getting started on my toy now! :teehee:

lestrella
07-19-2008, 02:00 PM
I guess I can join you too! I have a bunch of toys on my "to do" list. This would be a great way to start.
All those toys are so adorable!

Shandeh
07-19-2008, 06:04 PM
Of course you can join, Lestrella! :)

By the way, thanks so much for knitting part of one of the Oddball Preemie Blankets yesterday. :heart:

ritaw
07-20-2008, 12:43 PM
Hi Everyone ,

Here is my attempt at a Dr Who doll based on the character played by David Tennant.
He is part Alan Dart Pirate and then i used ammendments from a lady on Ravelry to make him into Dr Who .

Thanks CherryRed:)

Karina
07-20-2008, 04:23 PM
WOW you are quick. He looks great, love his trainers.

Have you seen the new simply knitting mag with the Cowboy.

ritaw
07-20-2008, 04:44 PM
WOW you are quick. He looks great, love his trainers.

Have you seen the new simply knitting mag with the Cowboy.
Hi karina ,
Thanks . I can be quite quick when i set my mind to it . :)
I have seen the Cowboy but i do not think i will be making him as i have noone to give him too.
My son does not like cowboys . I will be making another Dr Who for him soon though .

lynn893
07-20-2008, 05:35 PM
Wow, Dr. Who looks fantastic!


I finished mama bee....
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/justme893/july19050.jpg

and am working on baby bee in yellow/brown.

Shandeh
07-20-2008, 06:02 PM
Wow! You all are doing excellent work!

Love the Dr Who doll. I would like to dress him in a business suit and make him a hat. :teehee:

lynn893
07-20-2008, 09:27 PM
I have no knitted toys left....

my eldest daughter (17) came by and stole the hedgehogs and the mama bee! :roflhard:

She told me I "could make more if I wanted to"

:knitting: :knitting: :knitting:

So, I have a baby bee to finish, then I might have to do the hedgehogs again.... considering my son claimed them first, and then my eldest daughter talked him into giving them to him.....

ritaw
07-21-2008, 01:49 AM
I have no knitted toys left....

my eldest daughter (17) came by and stole the hedgehogs and the mama bee! :roflhard:

She told me I "could make more if I wanted to"

:knitting: :knitting: :knitting:

So, I have a baby bee to finish, then I might have to do the hedgehogs again.... considering my son claimed them first, and then my eldest daughter talked him into giving them to him.....
Hahahahaha Lynne . This is one of the downfalls of making toys when you got kids . You never get to keep them long :)
Love the bee:) bzzzzzzzz

Thanks everyone .
:yay:

Shandeh
07-21-2008, 02:35 PM
She told me I "could make more if I wanted to"
:roflhard:

Kids these days. :)

lynn893
07-21-2008, 11:01 PM
Baby hedgehog #2....
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/justme893/knit%20stuff/july21010.jpg
http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/justme893/knit%20stuff/july21011.jpg

Hopefully it's sunny & hot out tomorrow, so I can finish mama bee and mama hedgehog by the pool.

;)

Shandeh
07-22-2008, 12:16 AM
Girl, you are FAST!! :shock:

ritaw
07-22-2008, 02:12 AM
how cute !! love the hedgie , so sweet:)

lynn893
07-22-2008, 01:39 PM
Girl, you are FAST!! :shock:
hahaha! although the 'fur' portion of this toy is fiddly, it's a really quick knit. I'm hoping to have mama done by tonight! (about 1 hour of knitting all together is all a hedgehog takes)

:aww:

lestrella
07-22-2008, 06:40 PM
I love them all!!! They are too cute!
I'm almost done with my giraffe(in crochet). I'm also trying to finish other toys that have been on the needles forever.
:muah:

lynn893
07-22-2008, 10:54 PM
OMG, I'm thinking that I post too much here!

Anyways, I finished another bee. My son has a baby hedgehog, and so advised me that it'd be better to work on a bee, than another hog...


hehehe


http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii9/justme893/knit%20stuff/july22003.jpg

ritaw
07-23-2008, 01:56 AM
Another lovely bee:)

Shandeh
07-23-2008, 04:24 AM
You can never post too much, lynn! We love your toys!:heart:

lestrella
07-23-2008, 08:04 PM
I finally finished my girafe! I also made a different version of a hedgehog. I found a very simple pattern using a triangle and a square. It was so easy that I decided to make two of them. I don't know if they look like hedgehog, though. My dh, ds and df said they look like a rat, an armadillo, and ice cream cone (if put upside down, porcupine...anything but a hedgehog. Well, whatever they are, I think they are really cute. I also have two bears almost done. One of them, I can't quite get the face right. My dh thinks it looks like mickey mouse. It's a bear!
Anyway, I'll try to post pictures tomorrow.
Lynn, your hedgehog is adorable! Mine look kind of weird. But one of them it's really cute.

:hug:

Shandeh
07-23-2008, 08:39 PM
Can't wait to see your stuff, Lestrella! :cheering:

lynn893
07-24-2008, 05:08 PM
I finally finished my girafe! I also made a different version of a hedgehog. I found a very simple pattern using a triangle and a square. It was so easy that I decided to make two of them. I don't know if they look like hedgehog, though. My dh, ds and df said they look like a rat, an armadillo, and ice cream cone (if put upside down, porcupine...anything but a hedgehog. Well, whatever they are, I think they are really cute. I also have two bears almost done. One of them, I can't quite get the face right. My dh thinks it looks like mickey mouse. It's a bear!
Anyway, I'll try to post pictures tomorrow.
Lynn, your hedgehog is adorable! Mine look kind of weird. But one of them it's really cute.

:hug:
Knitted toys can NEVER look weird! I'm sure that they are great! And any child who gets them will agree! I can't wait to see some pics, it sounds like you've been very busy.
:knitting:

Shandeh
07-26-2008, 12:27 AM
I saw Lestrella's toys today. They are so cute! :heart:

lestrella
07-26-2008, 04:04 PM
shandeh and lynn, you guys are too sweet. Well, here are the pictures. Are you ready? Ta ta ta tan.....
I'm still working on two bears. Hopefully, I'll finish them soon so I can move on with other projects.
:hug:

Karina
07-26-2008, 04:46 PM
They are all so cute. I would say they look like hedgehogs. The giraffe is adorable.

ritaw
07-27-2008, 02:58 PM
shandeh and lynn, you guys are too sweet. Well, here are the pictures. Are you ready? Ta ta ta tan.....
I'm still working on two bears. Hopefully, I'll finish them soon so I can move on with other projects.
:hug:
They look adorable . I love the Giraffe . So cute :)

lynn893
07-27-2008, 09:06 PM
OMG lestrella, they are absolutely gorgeous! The giraffe is fantastic! and your hedgehogs are spectacular! I love the little colored one!!!! :knitting: You did a great job!
I also looked through your photo album and you are a wonderful toy maker! The dolls were beautiful, and then you did tons of doll outfits as well!!! Do you sell your stuff?

tarrentella
07-28-2008, 10:53 AM
Finished.... Now no-one laugh it's my first proper toy! I should have chosen something a bit simpler but it's done now.

Alan Dart's Tooth Fairy, (well sort of I gave her a make over :teehee:)

http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p359/Nobonesd/P7130001.jpg


Wuh-who I just completed my second KAL!


hehe this is great!! it kind of resembals you too (if you had black and red hair and wings!)

lestrella
07-28-2008, 06:25 PM
lynn, thank you so much for all the compliments. I don't really like selling my stuffs. I don't think people realize the amount of work that goes into making them. To me, it's more rewarding to give it as a gift to someone that would truly appreciate it rather than selling it for just enough money to cover the materials.
Tarrentella, your fairy is lovely! You did a great job! This is your first? Wow!!!
:)

Shandeh
07-28-2008, 09:42 PM
Tarrentella, your fairy is lovely! You did a great job! This is your first? Wow!!!:)
That fairy doll was made by Nobones....Tarrentella was just giving her compliments on a job well done. :wink:

lynn893
07-28-2008, 09:49 PM
lynn, thank you so much for all the compliments. I don't really like selling my stuffs. I don't think people realize the amount of work that goes into making them. To me, it's more rewarding to give it as a gift to someone that would truly appreciate it rather than selling it for just enough money to cover the materials.
Tarrentella, your fairy is lovely! You did a great job! This is your first? Wow!!!
:)
I don't sell my stuff either.

I figure (for example) the topsey turvey doll I took 6 months making (using the image of it as my avatar) , I would have to charge about $100 for that doll. It's a 4 in 1 doll, with 4 bonnets, 4 aprons, a kitten, a dog, a spider, 2 bowls, a bouquet of flowers and a 'beer'.

Honestly, who in their right mind would pay that? I wouldn't even pay that.... but that's what the labour would run for that particular item.

So, I completely understand that you'd prefer to gift your creations..... so do I... :aww:

tarrentella
07-29-2008, 10:26 AM
no i cant take credit for that fairy .. it is all nobones work. I would love to make somthing like that though. i have not taken part in this KAL but my knitted toys tend to be of the much simpler sock monkey variety!

lestrella
07-29-2008, 06:36 PM
That fairy doll was made by Nobones....Tarrentella was just giving her compliments on a job well done. :wink:

oops! Well, I have to say that nobones did a terrific job with that fairy.

Shandeh
07-31-2008, 09:16 PM
I think I'm the only one in this KAL that didn't knit a stitch! :roflhard:

I was so busy working on a rectangle shawl for the Afghans for Afghans campaign, that I never got started on my toy. :pout:

Oh well....I'm still planning on making a doll VERY soon. :thumbsup:

Thank you all for a very successful July KAL! :muah:

ritaw
08-03-2008, 03:56 AM
Thanks for starting the Toy kal Shandeh:)
We will have to hold you hostage until you finish a toy lol .
Just kidding :)
We all know how many charity projects you have on the go .
Carry on with all the good work:)

Shandeh
08-03-2008, 05:02 PM
Thanks for starting the Toy kal Shandeh:)
We will have to hold you hostage until you finish a toy lol .

:roflhard:
:heart: :hug: :heart:

I'm still planning on making a toy, I just have to force myself to pick just ONE to start! :teehee:

ritaw
08-04-2008, 02:30 AM
There is no rush Sandy , take your time and we will be waiting patiently for your toy pics :)

Shandeh
08-04-2008, 09:53 AM
Patience is necessary when waiting for me to knit anything.
I think I'm the slowest knitter in the world.
:teehee:

Jan in CA
08-04-2008, 11:09 PM
I actually knit 3 balls. I need to take pictures, huh? :teehee:

ritaw
08-05-2008, 03:04 AM
Ooooohhhhhhh Jan, Making us wait like this is too cruel lol

Shandeh
08-05-2008, 10:14 AM
We want pictures! :cheering:

Karina
08-05-2008, 10:40 AM
Shandeh since this is such a popular KAL you should set it up to be a constant running one. Just like the Any Sock KAL. Just a thought.

Shandeh
08-06-2008, 01:13 AM
Shandeh since this is such a popular KAL you should set it up to be a constant running one. Just like the Any Sock KAL. Just a thought.
Ooh...that would be GOOD, so that I would have PLENTY of time to make one! :teehee:

We'll give it a try, and see what happens. :wink:

Shandeh
08-06-2008, 01:42 AM
If anyone wants to make a button for our KAL, go right ahead. I'm not having any luck with this one.

Karina
08-06-2008, 06:03 AM
Sandy I see you have already changed the title of the KAL:cheering:

I have a question for some of the seasoned toy makers. I really like the Alan Dart toys, but they all seem to have 50 pieces for each doll or animal. have anybody done any of his toys in the round or done other modifications to his pattern to make it easier to put together.

I am doing the elephant from the Noah Ark booklet and even the little tusk are done flat and then sewn together

Shandeh
08-06-2008, 03:33 PM
Golly! That is aggravating, isn't it? :??

ritaw
08-06-2008, 03:33 PM
Sandy I see you have already changed the title of the KAL:cheering:

I have a question for some of the seasoned toy makers. I really like the Alan Dart toys, but they all seem to have 50 pieces for each doll or animal. have anybody done any of his toys in the round or done other modifications to his pattern to make it easier to put together.

I am doing the elephant from the Noah Ark booklet and even the little tusk are done flat and then sewn together

Hi Karina :)
I have made lots of Alan Dart toys and i really think that the patterns should be followed as they are . I know a lot of people do make them in the round but it does alter the finished toy .
He has been designing toys for many years and i really do think that there is a reason why he does them on two needles .
Also when you come to stuff certain parts it easier to sew and stuff as you go a long .
Take your time and you will be fine . If you read through the pattern first you can do section by section and ew and stuff each bit as you go along so you do not have all the pieces to do at the end which can be very scary and off putting :)

Karina
08-06-2008, 04:52 PM
Thanks Rita. I guess that I have to bit the bullet and get back to the elephant. his toys does look great. I would love to do the whole Noahs Ark. Just have to take it one animal at the time.

ritaw
08-07-2008, 02:35 AM
Go for it ! I can honestly say that most toys are not really difficult but just too many pieces.
Karina , if you do the Noahs ark then i will bow down to you lol. I have not done the ark because i would not know what to do with it and also just too big a project for me .
Good luck:)

Karina
08-07-2008, 02:55 AM
I had thought I would give it to Maiseys playschool or my sons school. They go to church of England school. So religion is an important part of their school life.

Shandeh
08-07-2008, 09:44 AM
I should make Noah's Ark, because one of my sons is named Noah. :)

Karina
08-07-2008, 09:48 AM
I think you should too. I will do one animal at a time and not think about the whole picture until I get to the Ark which I think I will leave till last.

My kids keep eyeing up the pattern and saying i like the lion, i like the etc. so I don't think I would be allowed to give it away unless I made two sets.

Shandeh
08-07-2008, 10:09 AM
My son is 21 now, so he won't care for it.
But I will LOVE it!
cloud9

Grandmaknits
08-07-2008, 12:35 PM
Hello Shandeh,

I would love to join this knit-a-long. This would be my first KAL, and it sounds like fun. I found the cutest pattern by YvonneKnits called Honey Bunny (a free pattern from www.yvonneknits.etsy.com), and thought it would be a great addition to my 1 yr old Grandaughter's Easter Basket.

I have been looking at the other patterns by Greenhowe, and Alan Dart, and they are wonderful! Are they hard to knit? Do they take long? I am always knitting Lexie something, and I think it would be so much fun to tuck a little toy into each of her packages.

Fran

MAmaDawn
08-07-2008, 04:55 PM
When I saw this was the KAL for July I was hoping I could start the toys I need to make, I'm making on for a friend's baby, she due in the fall and then some for Jeremiah for Christmas....

Here's what I'm going to make....

http://www.nationalknittingweek.co.uk/pdf_files/FreePatternFun1.pdf
For my friend's baby, I'm thinking about putting a squeaker in one leg near the bottom and a bell in the other... maybe see if I can put that krinkle stuff in somewhere (if I can find where to get it)

And this

http://www.jeangreenhowe.com/toy.html

for Jeremiah for Christmas. I'm going to make the Dino's in there.... I just have to find the book...

Grandmaknits
08-07-2008, 07:41 PM
Hi MamaDawn.
I looked at your links, and love the idea of putting in the squeaker and bell. What is the 'krinkle' stuff you mention? I also really love the teddybear picnic pattern, and the bunny family...what fun!! I can't wait to see your finished things.

Fran

MAmaDawn
08-07-2008, 08:28 PM
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_3&listing_id=12666047

That toys has it in it... (the krinkle stuff) I'm wondering what type of plastic I could use for it. I'm very excited I want to start them NOW! But I need to finish a few things first... ok back to knitting so I can finish those and start on the Elephant.

Karina
08-08-2008, 05:41 AM
Dawn love the idea of putting the different things in the legs of the elephant. it will be so cute. I would have thought that you could use any sort of plastic that has a crinkly sound to it. maybe crisp packages or some other food wrap that is noisy. Just be sure to give it a good wash first.

Shandeh
08-08-2008, 02:14 PM
I would love to join this knit-a-long. This would be my first KAL, and it sounds like fun. I found the cutest pattern by YvonneKnits called Honey Bunny.
Hi Fran! :waving: Welcome to the Knit-Along! :hug:
I'm with you on the Honey Bunny. SO ADORABLE! cloud9
I have been looking at the other patterns by Greenhowe, and Alan Dart, and they are wonderful! Are they hard to knit? Do they take long?
I wish I could answer your question. I'm going to be trying my first Alan Dart pattern for our knit-along.
Here's what I'm going to make....
http://www.nationalknittingweek.co.uk/pdf_files/FreePatternFun1.pdf
I'm thinking about putting a squeaker in one leg near the bottom and a bell in the other... maybe see if I can put that krinkle stuff in somewhere
Great plan! :thumbsup: I would think you could get a small cat toy to use for the bell. Maybe you could find something similar in the pet toys section for the squeaker. (I think I would look at a thrift shop or a dollar store for those things.) As for something crinkly, I keep thinking of cereal box liners. Those things are the crinkliest things in the world when you're trying to quietly make a box late at night, or early in the morning. :teehee:

MAmaDawn
08-08-2008, 05:06 PM
Great plan! :thumbsup: I would think you could get a small cat toy to use for the bell. Maybe you could find something similar in the pet toys section for the squeaker. (I think I would look at a thrift shop or a dollar store for those things.) As for something crinkly, I keep thinking of cereal box liners. Those things are the crinkliest things in the world when you're trying to quietly make a box late at night, or early in the morning. :teehee:

That's a really good idea! I found some squeakers on line, but Goodwill will be a lot cheaper!

And the cereal box liner will work too...

Jan in CA
08-08-2008, 06:18 PM
Okay, I FINALLY have the photo of the knitted balls I made in July. I have these to my daughter's boyfriend. He must have played with them for 2 hours today! :roflhard: I'm going to make some more for my DSD's nephews that she's adopting.
http://i-like-lemons.blogspot.com/2008/02/knit-balls.html

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3142/2744517911_9356bb1b1c.jpg

Karina
08-08-2008, 06:26 PM
I like those Jan, thanks for the link. Nice and easy pattern, think I will make some for my son, he is always getting told off for throwing/kicking a ball around in the house.

Jan in CA
08-08-2008, 06:43 PM
They are super soft and squishy so they don't hurt anything. I thought it might be cute to make a bunch in two different colors and the kids can have a "snowball" fight in the house. :teehee: They are a little hard to juggle because they are so light they tend to bounce out of your hands. My daughter's boyfriend was doing pretty well though. ;)

Shandeh
08-08-2008, 09:35 PM
Okay, I FINALLY have the photo of the knitted balls I made in July. I have these to my daughter's boyfriend. He must have played with them for 2 hours today! :roflhard: I'm going to make some more for my DSD's nephews that she's adopting.
I love those balls! You chose the perfect yarn for them too! :thumbsup:

Grandmaknits
08-08-2008, 09:37 PM
I am curious as to what kinds of yarn everyone is using? In my Honey Bunny pattern it does mention dk weight, but not a type..ie wool, cotton, or acryllic. Do you have your favorites for toys?

Thanks...
Fran

Shandeh
08-08-2008, 09:38 PM
I like to use soft yarn, but I guess you'd want something durable also....unless it's just going to be displayed.

lynn893
08-08-2008, 10:16 PM
Hi Grandmaknits!

I knit alot of toys, and I usually buy the cheaper brands at walmart or zellers for them. As long as the yarn is NOT scratchy, it's fine!

I did make one bunny in a more expensive yarn, and she turned out as well (not better) as the cheaper yarns I used....

so, to sum up my post, I think it all depends on your preferences. If you prefer working with really nice yarns, then use those. If it doesn't really matter to you, the cheaper ones work great for toys!

Jan in CA
08-08-2008, 11:28 PM
I love those balls! You chose the perfect yarn for them too! :thumbsup:

Actually..not so much. I thought camo would be cool for little boys, but, because of the nature of variegated yarn the colors change in concentric (although irregular) circles. They tend to look like boobs so I won't give them to the kids. Next ones will be solid colors. :teehee:

ritaw
08-09-2008, 03:19 AM
Jan - The balls are great , And sounds like they are a big hit with DD boyfriend lol
Fran - I normally use an acrylic but i think anything washable in the correct weight is fine .
As toys will need to be washed after the kids won't part with them lol :)

auntcrafty
08-09-2008, 06:20 AM
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_3&listing_id=12666047

That toys has it in it... (the krinkle stuff) I'm wondering what type of plastic I could use for it. I'm very excited I want to start them NOW! But I need to finish a few things first... ok back to knitting so I can finish those and start on the Elephant.

I've heard of them using cellophane wrapping paper to put into other toys that krinkle. I haven't tried it myself, but I think it should work. You can usually find it in the dollar type stores, but may be able to find it in other stores like Wal-mart. Make sure it isn't the shrink wrap type, because if they forget and throw the toy in the dryer, it'll melt.

MAmaDawn
08-09-2008, 09:44 AM
Thanks for all the ideas about the krinkle stuff, the cellophane is a great idea too...

Have y'all been able to find polyfill that is machine and dryer safe? The stuff I have is ok for machine but not dryer. I can just make the toy to machine washing and air drying, but that takes SOOO LONG with stuffed animals! I'd like for it to be ok for both.

Grandmaknits
08-09-2008, 03:02 PM
The little balls are wonderful! I can just see Lexie throwing them at her dad!. I would love to have a video of that!...: )

Fran

Grandmaknits
08-09-2008, 03:08 PM
Hi Grandmaknits!

I knit alot of toys, and I usually buy the cheaper brands at walmart or zellers for them. As long as the yarn is NOT scratchy, it's fine!

I did make one bunny in a more expensive yarn, and she turned out as well (not better) as the cheaper yarns I used....

so, to sum up my post, I think it all depends on your preferences. If you prefer working with really nice yarns, then use those. If it doesn't really matter to you, the cheaper ones work great for toys!
That was just the encouragement I needed. I can't get into my lys untill next week, but wanted to start something now, and since I have some Baby Soft, in white, I am going to use that for now. I already have one leg done, and so far it has been easy and fun! I think I would like to do something like MamaDawn is doing with her little elephant, and put something in it to make a little noise, but I am getting ahead of myself. Back to work...: )

Fran

MAmaDawn
08-12-2008, 09:43 PM
I started the Elephant (I know not good for my UFO to FO KAL... :teehee:)

I got both parts of the trunk finished knitting... I was reading the body and wasn't sure about part of it... but it's way later in the pattern, so I'm going to start that part and see if it makes more sense when I get to it.

Grandmaknits
08-13-2008, 03:38 PM
Hi MamaDawn,
It sounds like you are coming right along. I know it is going to be so cute! I have the body of my Honey Bunny done, and then I really started to think about putting something inside, and found this small recorder on the web:
http://www.crscraft.com/products/product.asp?pid=20100&L1=1&L2=19&L3=0&L4=0&L5=0&cat=doll+supplies&sub=Musical+Sounds&class=&searchOffset=x
I was thinking about recording something like, "I love you Lexie" or "Grandma love's you" I suppose it depends on how much you can say in 10 seconds...
I have to order it, so will have to wait until it gets here to finish the stuffing, but I can do all the other pieces while I'm waiting.
How is everyone else coming along?

lynn893
08-17-2008, 11:13 AM
Grandmaknits - I love the idea of the voice recorder! "Grandma loves Lexie".... in a handmade toy, would be something she would cherish always!! :inlove:


I've ordered the Alan Dart book, and will have many, many toys to work on when it comes!

momwolf
08-17-2008, 10:10 PM
Shandeh asked --If anyone wants to make a button for our KAL, go right ahead. I'm not having any luck with this one.
Here's a button for you toy KAL's if you want it :teehee: Just click on it and save to desk top.
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/momwolf53/toykal-1.jpg

Shandeh
08-17-2008, 10:40 PM
Thanks Julie! :muah:

momwolf
08-17-2008, 10:44 PM
Your welcome!!!! Anytime:teehee:

Shandeh
08-17-2008, 11:03 PM
I just saved your button to my Flickr account.

Here's the link:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/2773463160_fbaa1d38dd_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/2773463160_fbaa1d38dd_m.jpg

I also made a smaller one, with the lid of the toybox cut off.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2773463120_1a28a98223_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2773463120_1a28a98223_m.jpg

This one is even smaller:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2773463120_1a28a98223_t.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2773463120_1a28a98223_t.jpg

Grandmaknits
08-18-2008, 11:20 PM
Thank you Lynn, the recorder came in today, so now I need to get busy!

Grandmaknits
08-30-2008, 08:16 PM
A lot of mistakes along the way, and I could really use some tips on how to make those eyes the same size, but I am happy with my first try. I did put the little recorder in the back, and I think it is going to work great. I really had a lot of fun with this, and am already planning on another doll, this time a Jean Greenhowe Clown. Please wish me luck...:happydance:

Shandeh
08-30-2008, 09:00 PM
It's perfect! Wonderful job! :notworthy:

auntcrafty
08-30-2008, 10:02 PM
I love your Hunny Bunny!

Karina
08-31-2008, 04:02 AM
Hunny Bunny is so cute love the idea of the recorder.

ritaw
08-31-2008, 04:56 AM
Beautiful honey bunny. You did a lovely job.
The eyes take practice . The more you do them the better you will get at them :)

Grandmaknits
08-31-2008, 12:41 PM
Thank you! I think you have started something, because I have already picked my next doll project. I didn't realize there are so many cute ones out there. My favorite at the moment is the Jean Greenhowe clown with the primary colored handprints on his overhauls...SO cute! I have another couple of things to finish up, and then I am going to start him.

ritaw
08-31-2008, 12:55 PM
Thank you! I think you have started something, because I have already picked my next doll project. I didn't realize there are so many cute ones out there. My favorite at the moment is the Jean Greenhowe clown with the primary colored handprints on his overhauls...SO cute! I have another couple of things to finish up, and then I am going to start him.
Toys are addictive lol . i have yet to make any clowns as i just do not like clowns lol .
But ican assure you that there are so many cute ones out there.
Alan Dart ,Jean Greenhowe, Aussie Jean and Yvonne boucher to mention a few designers .
Welcome to the club lol:yay:

susi
09-01-2008, 02:52 AM
Can i join in too please?
i love the bunny, so cute

i've done 1 austion bear last month that i'm waiting to get sewn up then as soon as teh camera starts to show signs of life again i'll post a piccy.

im wip on no 2 as well, head's done already.

i love them there just so easy to make and super fast, not to mention cute :yay:

Shandeh
09-01-2008, 02:54 AM
Of course you can join, susi! :hug:

MAmaDawn
09-01-2008, 11:05 AM
I finished one section...
I think it's going to be really cute....

The bunny is adorable! And I love the recorder idea!

Shandeh
09-01-2008, 02:55 PM
Good work, MamaDawn! :thumbsup:

Grandmaknits
09-01-2008, 05:47 PM
Thank you...:) I would love to see your little bear, and it would be great to have you join the group. I was looking at your project list, and you really are an inspiration!!! I have to learn to knit faster...

Can i join in too please?
i love the bunny, so cute

i've done 1 austion bear last month that i'm waiting to get sewn up then as soon as teh camera starts to show signs of life again i'll post a piccy.

im wip on no 2 as well, head's done already.

i love them there just so easy to make and super fast, not to mention cute :yay:

Grandmaknits
09-01-2008, 05:59 PM
Thank you, she was a fun project! I just now had an order for another one from my 12 yr old Granddaughter...She who only is interested in electronics....:woot: There is hope yet.

Hunny Bunny is so cute love the idea of the recorder.

Grandmaknits
09-01-2008, 06:04 PM
MamaDawn, I love the colors in your elephant! It is really going together quickly. This has been so much fun!

I finished one section...
I think it's going to be really cute....
The bunny is adorable! And I love the recorder idea!

susi
09-02-2008, 11:34 AM
Thank you...:) I would love to see your little bear, and it would be great to have you join the group. I was looking at your project list, and you really are an inspiration!!! I have to learn to knit faster...

as soon as austin the bear is sewn up (i hate sewing up so i delogate that to my mum :teehee: ). i will post a piccy, no 2 is in progress, but different yarn needle size so should look wonderfully different.

my project list is ever growing, i am on a get everything done and dusted right now. i jhave pre ordered yarn/patterns on the prevission that my lys wont let me have it until i've told her taht i'm done with wip :teehee: .
your bunny is a cutey though, i do like her :p
mamadawn, youe elephant is georgous. she's going to be so cute :) .

MAmaDawn
11-17-2008, 08:24 AM
Well I finally finshed the Elephant... I will NOT be making this pattern again. I like the result but not the pattern...

Shandeh
11-18-2008, 04:51 AM
Wow! Isn't that cool?! :cheering:
Is that seed stitch throughout? OMG! No WONDER you didn't enjoy it!

I'm always interested in elephant knitting patterns. They just look neat. :)

Karina
11-18-2008, 06:59 AM
Dawn that is a very cute elephant. well done.

ritaw
11-18-2008, 07:43 AM
I love it. Your elephant turned out so cute . The colours are lovely . :)

MAmaDawn
11-18-2008, 10:35 AM
Thank you all, yes it is seed stitch, but that's not what made me not like it... the pattern is not well written at all. And that was frustrating...

I didn't put any cellophane in it, so no crinkle crinkle, I was having a hard time finding it when I was ready to stuff it, I also didn't find a sweeker, but I did find a little thing that plays "Over the Rainbow", I thought that was cute and it has 2 bells in it.

HA ha at first I forgot to ad the ears, I keep looking at it thinking something was wrong, then it hit me... :teehee: glad that I didn't send it before... :teehee:

ritaw
04-17-2009, 05:09 AM
I thought i would bring this thread back to life . It seems to have been forgotten LoL

Here are two more from me :)

Karina
04-17-2009, 06:25 AM
THey are both very cute, but my favorite has to be the little Jester. Where is the patterns from?

yarncharmer
04-17-2009, 09:00 AM
Oh my goodness! They are both adorable! You did a great job!

I was just looking at a book at Borders yesterday called Knitted Amigurami Because Crocheters Shouldn't Have All the Fun (or something like that) but most of the things in it weren't very cuddly - things like squid and spiders. They were cool, and the praying mantis was amazing, but I wasn't inspired to make them. I'd love to do one or both of these little dolls though! Are the patterns available online?

ritaw
04-17-2009, 09:42 AM
Thanks guys . I am so glad you like them .
The Jester i got from Etsy. The seller is called Crea-Me
and the bunny is from a Debbie Bliss book called Toy Knits .

Shandeh
04-17-2009, 10:49 AM
I'm so glad you revived our KAL, Rita! :hug:
Just last week, my hubby bought me an amazing Alan Dart book, "Irresistible Gifts to Knit". LOVE IT! :heart: I'm definitely going to make several things from it.

It contains ALL my favorite Alan Dart patterns that have been published in England's "Simply Knitting" magazine.
:cheering: :woohoo: :cheering:

This person blogged about the book, and has some photos there.
http://isewblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/irresistible-gifts-to-knit.html

And here is the Ravelry page for the book:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/irresistible-gifts-to-knit

The book has all these patterns:
Farmyard Frolics (lots of barn dwellers)
Easter Eggs (a mother hen with spring chicks - ADORABLE!)
Little Blossom (elephant)
Beach Bunnies
Barnacle Bill (pirate)
Little Lorelei (mermaid)
Noah's Ark
Harry the Hedgehog, dressed for bed
Jack O'Lantern
Yuletide Gnomes
Christmas Wishes (nativity)
Santa Lucia (queen of lights)

I'm a very happy knitter. cloud9

ritaw
04-17-2009, 11:40 AM
Hi Sandy :)
The book is great ! If there are any Alan Dart fans out there , then this is a must have .
Thanks for posting all the info and the links :)