^___^ She's a cutie, isn't she? I've been drooling over Barbara Prime's toy patterns for quite some time now. So when I've sat down the other day to decide "okay, where to now?" with my knitting (having finished baby Michael's top and Chris' socks) I knew I wanted to do something fun and maybe a little bit challenging (but not big, I've got that vintage lacy sweater in progress to keep me occupied for a good while in that regard) and in the end I kept coming back to Barbara's charming patterns.
The Tiger with a Dress pattern is what initially drew me in, I mean, really. How cute is that? I knew I wanted to make a Kanawinkie. I was doubly motivated when I happened to come across these two balls of yarn that really are just perfect. The first was this gorgeous "self-striping" ball of browns which moved from a rich chocolaty brown to a light tan. The second was this amazing, soft, buttery yellow which could not have been a better shade for a golden tabby coat if I dreamed it up myself.
I dove into it right away. Oh my goodness. Not only is the pattern amazingly simple to read and understand, but it knit up SO quickly! Obviously she's still missing her face (I have plans this weekend to go find some green buttons for her eyes) but it only took me two evenings of knitting to get the bodywork done and assembled. I even managed to knit up her dress which I managed to use up the very last bit of scraps that was leftover from my Fake Isle Hat in making it!
I love her. I really do. So satisfying and such a great finished product (even though she's not finished quite yet!)
Ontop of this pattern I also bought Cowboy and Puppy with a Sweater and Scarf patterns. The cow I hope to turn into a Beiame and the Puppy will make a really nice Beagle, I hope!
I really recommend Barbara Prime's patterns. Easy to understand, easy to knit and put together. I couldn't be happier!