Tomorrow I’m heading down to Pio Pio for the book signing and morning tea at Struan Farm on Saturday. There are 75 knitters coming! Wow! I’m so excited to meet everyone. I’m hoping David will drive so I can knit all the way (an easy project that allows for viewing the gorgeous countryside as we go).
A thought that’s been simmering in my brain all week: ask readers what kind of vintage patterns you’d like to have access to and why. I intend to make more available and it would be helpful to know what you’re interested in. Please leave comments.
Now to this wee lassie, Daisy Dachshund from my book.
Daisy is based on a real life gal who had quite a few adventures in her 15-year life, some of which involved breaking the law. She was a drama queen in the best way and was the beloved pet of my kids. Truth be told, I made this project for them, even though they’re adults now.
She’s a versatile little thing – a soft toy or a pencil case. The publishers scratched their heads when they saw her and asked me to explain why she’s in the book, which I do.
Toys are such fun to knit and put together and I think the finishing is the fun part. They take on distinct personalities and sometimes it’s quite a surprise. They’re also wonderful gifts. I was looking through Susan B Anderson’s work the other day, on her blog and in her book Itty Bitty Toys, and came away with a big smile on my face. She must have so much fun coming up with those cuties!
Daisy is straightforward to make as a softie; you just have to join her across her back, by stitching or grafting. Here are some photos of how to make her as a pencil case. The written instructions for this are in the book, but I thought it would be helpful to see some photos:
Prepare the pocket insert. The fabric is stiffened with iron-on interfacing.
Before you place the pocket inside, stitch some fabric to the tops of her legs and to the base of her neck to keep the leg and head stuffing in place.
Baste around the top, leaving room for the zipper to be inserted between the lining and the knitting.
Now she’s ready for inserting the zipper
I’m exhausted after all that, say Daisy, I think I’ll have a lie down and rest until car pool arrives to take me to school