Finished: Clementine's Spherey
Pattern: Spherey from "Unusual Toys for you to Knit and Enjoy", by Jess Hutchison.*
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream Solid (colors: pumpkin and robins egg blue)
Needles: Size 6 dpns
Start to finish: September 23 - 26, 2010
For: My niece Clementine (warning, if you follow that link you will be so overwhelmed by cuteness that you may never recover. don't say I didn't warn you.)
Hello! Please admire my fetching rotundity.
Clementine's mama (aka my sister Rae) has been hinting that she wants a Spherey for...oh...about four years now. Even though I lovingly knitted her eldest child the robot from the same book it was pretty obvious that she secretly wished that I'd made him a Spherey. Well sometimes dreams really come true...even for ungrateful robot recipient's mothers. Hopefully the Spherey-sized hole in her heart has finally been filled.
I've knitted this pattern once before using worsted wool, but after knitting the aforementioned robot in dishcloth cotton (and finding out that it makes frequent trips through the washing machine) I decided that washable is the only way to go when knitting toys for children. The cotton isn't as nice to knit with, but Rae did go to all the trouble of producing a niece and a nephew for me, so I may as well reward her with easy-care toys.
Spherey practices his coy smile.
Since cotton yarn doesn't knit up as tightly as wool, I went down a needle size to prevent enormousness. In spite of my precautions I was surpised to find that this Spherey still came out a few inches larger than the wool one. But then I checked my previous FO post and realized that I went down two needle sizes when I made the first one. Good thing I keep records of this stuff so that I can ignore them later.
Final Verdict: Adorbs. And Rae seems happy. Hopefully Clementine will like him too!
*unfortunately this awesome pamphlet is out of print and is pretty much impossible to find. For those of you who will ask, sorry...I really don't have any special insight into where you can find a copy. And no, I will not send you copies of any of the patterns, or sell them to you either. This should go without saying, but I'll mention it here in hopes that it'll save me from having to send you a copy of my canned 'Unusual Toys' e-mail response. But I'm sure you weren't even thinking of asking. Because you're cool like that.