Happy Autumn, everyone! Are you ready for sweater-weather? Hot cocoa? Is your yarn basket full to the brim with Fall colors?
This post is of previous projects, and toys that are hot off the needles.
– Little Brother Saints Bear –
For my uncle one Christmas I made a bear from the Simplicity bear pattern number 2115, and Saints football fabric. This year for his birthday using the same pattern, I made a miniature bear. A little brother bear, if you will. 🙂
I will admit, working with this fabric was a mess! The fur went everywhere when I was cutting all the pieces out. My kitchen looked like a crime scene! But the end result is super adorable, in my humblest of opinions. 🙂 Since this toy is for an adult, I used buttons for the eyes instead of embroidering them, but the nose is hand-stitched with gold decorative thread. The Saints emblem was sewn onto one of the front body pieces before I started sewing the whole thing together. I am quite pleased with him.
– Bedtime Bears –
These are 2 of my latest knits. Using one of our many teddy patterns, I tweaked it a little so that it looks like the bears are wearing pj’s with hoodies! 100% cotton with embroidered faces, these little sweethearts are looking for sleeping buddies. They’ll be at the Fair, and on the lookout!
– “Rhubarb” –
I am loving this little pup. “Rhubarb” is knit in 100% cotton worsted weight yarn with US #4 needles, and stuffed with polyester fiberfill. I use the Morning Glory brand of fiberfill because it has the perfect firmness level for knit toys. My French knots aren’t perfect, but they make adorable freckles! 🙂
This one was just finished last night. He is ‘brindled’ – I used the Monkey Brown colorway in my favorite cotton yarn. I think these guys would be cute in any color….
(pattern design by Amanda Berry)
– Elephants –
I have also knitted a small assortment of elephants – folks, I’ve been crafting like crazy for this Fair.
The elephants’ backs provide me with a sort of knitted canvas, if you will. There are 30 rows in stockinette stitch, so I use those rows to experiment and practice my color-work. The legs are also usually done with colorwork to match the rest of the body. The cream colored fellow on the right is one of my favorites. 🙂 I think the pink multi-colored yarn worked really well with the dark grey for the sweetheart on the left.
And here is the little guy with the Fleur de Lis on his back. I was trying to decide what design should go on this one’s back, and my uncle suggested a Fleur de Lis… Not too bad, if I do say so myself. 😉
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a sneak peek of what’s to be at the Fair this year! I am so excited to be doing my 3rd Craftsman’s Fair in a row. I get to set up my booth, see my fellow craftsmen as we all do what we love, and we even get to dress up. 🙂
Sometimes I think I should skip a year because I am always on my toes trying to make things at the last minute, and then I reflect on past fair experiences and realize that I would miss the excitement and people. We’re all one big crafting family for a whole week and we love it!! 🙂
If you happen to be in Elizabeth City, N.C. this weekend we would love for you to come by and see everyone’s hard work on display, and it’s also a great place to start your Christmas shopping. We all know that Christmas will be here before you know it!
Keep on Knitting,