Update August 30.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment to win Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys! The competition is now closed.
I’m visiting old friends outside Auckland for the weekend. I’ll be back and will announce the lucky winner on Monday. Stay tuned!
Hey, look who showed up on my doorstep today.
Mrs Squirrel and Mr Penguin are my latest knitting project and they’re from the loveliest book, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out knit toys, by Susan B Anderson. Susan has such a wonderful sense of fun and this book is just sheer cuteness from cover to cover. All of the toys double as something else. For example, the squirrel transforms into a cute hedgehog (below) and that egg he’s looking at has the penguin inside.
My husband requested the penguin on looking through the book and he laughed out loud when I showed him the finished toy. What joy. I can’t wait to give them to my niece’s children in New Zealand.
Here’s the cover of Susan’s book.
I want to make so many of these toys! Next comes this dog and doghouse…
and I can’t wait to make this: first it’s an egg…
next it’s an alligator…
The thing I love about these toys is that they’re educational as well as cute.
Here’s how the penguin works as per the illustration in the book. As well as the patterns, the book has clear photos of techniques. Everything is there.
The icebergs in this just tickle me. I happen to love penguins because like me, they’re from the southern hemisphere.
and now for more pics of Squirrel who wants you to see her acorn…
and her tail…
The hedgehog is adorable. For her spikes I learned how to make twisted loops which I’ve never attempted before.
I used different yarns from those Susan recommended. That’s the great thing about these toys. You can use bits and pieces from your stash.
My squirrel/hedgehog is made with Koigu KPM and the penguin/egg with Cascade 220.
So now for the giveaway. If you leave a comment, you’ll be in the drawer to win a copy of this gorgeous book.
[I'm sorry but it's only available to readers in the USA]. The giveaway will close Friday August 30, at noon Pacific time.
happy knitting, everyone!