Finding the perfect yarns for hand knit toys can be challenging. In this post you will discover perfectly smooth yarns with beautiful stitch definition to gorgeous mohair blends for the perfect fuzzy toy. Check out this post for budget friendly to luxury recommendations and everything in between.
Could there be anything more fun than comparing yarns for knitted toys?
I didn’t think so.
These days all I want to do is learn about yarn. I want to know everything about it, from sheep to skein and everything in between.
Recently I’ve been experimenting with new yarns and it has led me down a rabbit-hole of discovery and I’m not complaining one bit. Rabbits are good folk.
A Girl’s Best Friend Shawl is a gorgeous pattern from Isabell Kraemer. You will find a full review, but more importantly tips and tricks for making your very own shawl.
I’m not a collector of yarn.
You would probably disagree with me if you saw my stash.
But stick with me for a moment while I explain.
99.99% of all the yarn I purchase is for a specific project(s). I find yarn I know I will use and then, when it goes on sale, I will buy quite a bit to “fill the larder” up, to use a cooking analogy.
I’m able to shop my own stash any time I’m ready to cast on something new.
But my last project broke all of my own carefully constructed rules.
Remember back in January when our biggest goals were to lose fifteen pounds, use up our overflowing yarn stash and spend less time watching Instagram stories?
Yeah, me too.
The year 2020 started innocently enough, but it has been nothing but an emotional rollercoaster for the entire world.
During this “season of stress”, folks are turning to hobbies to help relieve some of that pent up anxiety and energy.
Using hand-dyed yarn for handmade toys is a true gift. After reading this post you will not only fall in love with Timbercreek Farm, but find that hand-dyed yarn doesn’t have to bust the budget. I’m also sharing some yarny gifts all the way from Holland and a new Nativity Crochet-a-Long from Crochet To Play.
I was having a particularly tough day last month. Missing my son who had left for college and feeling weary from everything 2020 has thrown at us all.
I was surprised to find not one, but TWO packages sitting on my front porch.
I was expecting the one from a farm in Maryland, but the other had traveled all the way from Holland and was a total surprise.
Knitting Little Cotton Rabbits patterns just got a little better. Julie Williams has done it again and created a new collection of knitted toy accessories for all of us addicted to bunny-knitting.
The new knitted toy bags, baskets and backpacks from Little Cotton Rabbits are the hottest new accessories for all fashionable bunnies.
In the Ultimate Knitting Toys Resource post I will share my favorite resource for all things toy knitting. I have never found something quite so comprehensive and I think you are going to find it a gold mine of information as well as inspiration.
The Ultimate Knitting Toys Resource is disguised as an ordinary, albeit adorable, pattern book. Based on the cover, you would expect to only find knitted patterns of animals like a mouse, a fox, and a dog. While you will definitely discover those, there is so much more to Knitted Animal Friends by Louise Crowther.
For the past seventeen years my family and I have spent one week on Edisto Island in South Carolina. And this year I worked on a brand new knitted owl project, visited an adorable local yarn shop and answered a few knitting and crocheting questions from Instagram.
I hope you find this little hodge-podge of a post helpful in some way, even if it’s just a distraction from the daily grind. It’s a mishmash of warm Atlantic waves, a quaint historic town, a knitted owl and answered questions.
In my Jetkat Knitted Bunny Pattern Review I share all about this challenging, but delightful project. There are definitely positives and negatives. I not only learned a few new knitting techniques, but I created a toy that I shall cherish forever.
You know the feelings….intimidation, frustration, indignation. But slowly those emotions begin to morph into hope, optimism and finally confidence. I regularly experience this combination of mental states while knitting or crocheting toys. And time and time again I’ve learned to never judge a project at the beginning.
Should you crochet or knit? That is the question. Take the short quiz to find out which hobby would be better suited for you!
Have you joined the masses of people who have become interested in handicrafts from earlier generations? Does the word handmade make your heart flutter with excitement? If the answer to one or both of these questions is yes, have I got the craft for you! Take the quiz below to find out if you should crochet or knit. I promise not to give you a bad grade.
In a recent article from the New York Times titled, People Have Gone Full 1800s, folks are returning to their roots in unexpected ways. People are putting down the screens and picking up the pastimes their grandparents’ generation enjoyed. Knitting and crocheting are experiencing a wonderful resurgence and you may be wondering if either of these is the hobby for you.
These knit & crochet projects for Easter are just about the cutest things I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Bunnies and carrots are symbolic of the season and I believe these patterns are the best of the best.
This Easter is going to look quite a bit different than every other one I’ve ever celebrated. I’ve come to accept that. But doggone it, I’m still going to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. I’m going to make deviled eggs, eat chocolate and put a big smile on my face. And these adorable knit & crochet Easter projects are sure to bring a smile to YOUR face.