Now, these are not scraps, these part balls are a kind gift from a lady who has just finished my crochet classes. She gave them to me after she had finished a baby blanket for her grandchild with a thank you card. It is the softest baby alpaca you can imagine.
What to do with such a quantity? I went to the library last week with the twirly girlies and spotted this book.
It is full of the most classic, gorgeous bear patterns.
I fell in love with Oliver, he is beautiful and luckily quite small so I cast on immediately. I have enjoyed making him over the week in little snippets of time in the sunshine.
After a little sit in the garden I had this little pile of limbs.
One evening I stuffed and sewed. I can make neater seams with the stocking stitch side showing so I went for that.
Now for the crucial and deal-breaking part of making any toy, an endearing face. (I'm sorry to report that Baboushka went out in the cull)
Here is Oliver all finished and happy.
I am saving this toy for my present box for when a baby is born. I have made the limbs very secure and used thread for the face, no beads. I might also put him into our local show in the knitted toy category in the Autumn.
Do you make toys?
It is hard to get just the right pattern don't you think?