June 21, 2005

A day late...


I didn’t finish putting all three together until last night, hence the delay. But now that they’re all sewn up, I love them!

Meet Bronty:


and Trice:


and Mr. Stegs:


It seems it wasn’t too hard to guess what I was making — that second picture was the giveaway, I imagine! Jo, I was also a little concerned about how annoying it would be to sew up — but I found it wasn’t bad at all. You don’t even really have to weave all the ends in properly — just leave them inside the tubes, and stuff around them! If I make more, I’m going to work them at slightly tighter gauges so that the white stuffing doesn’t show through the darker knit fabrics — and I’ll stuff Bronty a little more, so he’s not so floppy (he was the first one I made). But overall, this was very fun, and the patterns are very clear. Oh, and by the way, the patterns are free, and found here.

As for who’s getting these dinos — one is for a baby about to be born to some friends, one is for Mark’s god-daughter, and it looks like we’re keeping one — or, at least, Mark gets very sad when I suggest giving away Bronty. I’ll admit that I’m a little sorry to be sending them away, too! Ah well, I’ll just have to make more!

Posted by Aven at June 21, 2005 10:05 AM

I think they’re sooooo cute :) you did a great job. You can’t see the filler at all in bronte..maybe Mark should keep the little guy..he was your first one after all :) The kids you send them to will love them.

Posted by: jan at June 21, 2005 10:13 AM

Ohmigosh, they are so adorable!

Posted by: Heidi at June 21, 2005 01:25 PM

How adorable!!!!

Posted by: Lynn at June 21, 2005 01:28 PM

Well they are very, very cute. Another possibility for stuffing might also be to used colored stuffing. I’ve actually heard of people dying the stuffing, but don’t know from personal experience if this would work or not.

Posted by: Rebekah at June 21, 2005 02:25 PM

Ah, so cute! I love them

Posted by: Dani at June 21, 2005 06:36 PM

Oh, the cuteness! You’ve had so many great knits lately—thanks for sharing the goodness!

Posted by: Anita at June 21, 2005 09:21 PM

Those are adorable! :) I hope you get to keep one!

Posted by: Jeannie at June 21, 2005 11:40 PM

Cute. I do think - having started one of these - that perhaps a size 6 US needle is a little bit too big. (I checked with “the master” - Kath Dalmeny’s World of Knitted Toys - and she generally recommends a size 3 (US) needle for a dk weight yarn.)

I’m still thinking these would be really fun made out of various sorts of novelty yarn. I’m eyeing the skeins of green Paton’s “Mosaic” that I originally bought for mittens, and wondering how they’d work up as dinousaurs (They’re bulky weight, so I’d have to use a larger needle and I suppose the dinos would be proportional but just bigger).

It’s fun making “critters.” It’s rewarding how fast the little things work up, and how you can see how the increases and decreases work together to make a shape.

Maybe a few more of these and I’ll have the confidence to design that knitted tardigrade I keep talking about…

Posted by: fillyjonk at June 22, 2005 08:34 AM

They are cute! I wouldn’t part with them either. Well, not all of them.

Posted by: C arrie K at June 23, 2005 03:26 PM

Thanks for the great idea—a great way to use up some scraps I have, too. I love it.

(Have you thought of dying the stuffing the same general color of the yarn? I have no idea if it would work, but it might.)

Posted by: Laura at June 24, 2005 06:55 PM