I was a member here years ago when I mainly hung out on the sewing boards, since then I've got really into knitting and I don't have a clue what my old username was or what email address it would've been registered to. For Christmas I got some money which I put towards some of the Jean Greenhowe knitting books I remembered from when I was little. I still have the puppy from Knitted Animals and I used to have an 'Emily' (I think she's in Traditional Toys) who I named Primrose.
I'd actually gotten a friend into knitting and she had been using some of Jean's patterns, whereas I'd been using some patterns from someone whose style is very similar. I was very excited to get my hands on some of the old pattern books I remembered looking at so much when I was younger.
The first toy I made was for the relative who sent me the money. She loves cats, so I made her Puss in Boots (this is my first post so I can't post pictures, so these are links to the photos).
He's almost exactly the same colours as the pattern, except his boots because I didn't have any brown and I did his feathers different colours too. He came from the Knitted Animals
I made a slight mistake in that I sewed up the back of his head before I'd embroidered his head and you were supposed to fasten the face into the stuffing inside. I saved it though by just tying it off up the top of the head then sewed the hat on top so you couldn't see the ends. When I was knitting him I just couldn't figure out how his feathers were going to work. That's what I love about the Jean Greenhowe patterns, you do as she tells you and somehow it just works!
The next one I made for my Mum-in-Law and I'm really pleased with how she turned out. I'm so glad that I gave her to my Mum-in-Law because it means I get to visit her quite a bit. She was quite time consuming and I made a mistake of knitting most of the first half before sewing it up (because I prefer knitting to sewing) but then I realised it was easier to see what you were doing if you followed the instructions sewing it up as you went along.
I'm so proud of Grandma Humpty-Dumpty that I took quite a few photos of her.
This is the total finished product:
Close up of her knitting:
Close up of her glasses (this was my third attempt, I was on the verge of giving up but this one just happened to come together and work):
Close up of the cherries on her hat, this is easily my favourite part of the whole thing:
Grandma Humpty-Dumpty came from Jean Greenhowe's Toy Collection
booklet. This has the Teddy Bear Picnic and the Prehistoric People & Dinosaurs and I can't wait to make them all.
I've also recently finished knitting a Postman Hedgehog from Knitted Hedgehogs
but I've still got to finish his tag and postcard so I'll post him once he's all done. And I've started a Great Uncle Angus from the MacScarecrow Clan
booklet which has taught me how to do Swiss Darning.
I'd love to know what you guys think of what I've done so far, and to see your Jean Greenhowe toys from these books.