Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Toys, toys, toys

Okay, so the title of this post is a little misleading since I really only have one toy to show you. But here he is.
This is Tums, a happy little hippo with slightly crooked teeth. I knit him out of Shepherd's 100% Classic Wool, and boy did that stuff felt up nicely! Had I known that in advance, I would probably have knit him up on size 7 needles instead of size 6. The pattern is more complicated than the stackable cats, and requires more work in the finishing process, but I quite like how he turned out. The way the head is shaped is still quite a marvel to me. I'm still pretty bad a sewing features and appendages, but I'm hoping I get better with practice. Good thing there are lots of kids around to give all the toys I'm planning to make to.

And just for fun, here's a picture of Tums in his not quite ready to go state.

I also need to figure out what knitting to take with me on my trip. I need a small-ish project for subway train rides, and a slightly larger project for longer train rides, and I need them to be brainless enough that I don't have to keep looking at a chart (i.e. no complicated lace). Maybe socks, and something else? What should my something else be?


Adrienne said...

Tums, you are adorable! You look so happy!

Hm. Socks and perhaps....another pair of socks? =P Afghan squares? Cat beds? =)

Nell said...

Tums! You have the cutest teeth!

Socks are always good travel projects. What about a tank top or something like that?

Karen said...

Thanks for your compliments on Tums! Funny story - when I told Jamie what his name was, he looked at me and said (totally nonchalantly) "You didn't come up with that name, did you? It's actually a good name." HAHAHA!

Marie said...

Hippos are my favorite animals. Your purple hippo is adorable.