Carol Turner

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More for the Toy Box

I have been working on a few more toys that will come in handy for gifts for the Christmas season. I must admit I do get a lot more satisfaction in creating a little character than knitting up a hat and coat set.


In the last couple of weeks I’ve made a couple of rabbits and two little elephants. The elephants are so cute and very much a matching pair.


They are knitted from just oddments of DK wool and are from a Jean Greenhowe pattern. They measure just over 5″ so a lovely gift for a small baby as they can fit snuggly in the corner of a cot or Moses basket. As they are small they take no time to knit but are quite fiddly to assemble but well worth the effort!


Just to prove a bunny isn’t just for Easter, I made one sporting the traditional Christmas jumper


So here is Hazel looking warm and festive in her Christmas tree jersey.


I used the basic Debi Birken pattern for Bunty Bunny, and knitted her jumper and skirt separatley. For the jumper I knitted a tree in the middle and made french knots with different coloured yarn for the baubles to create a Christmas Tree effect.


Next we have Jack another little bunny, nicely co-ordinated with turquoise jumper and baggy overalls


Think he would make a lovely gift for a little boy.


He is the same pattern as the bunny above, but turned out so different, I love the way they all end up being so unique.


Time now to plan what to make over the next few weeks




Here Come the Girls!!

It has been a busy few weeks on the craft front. I was asked to make two more dolls similar to the Katie doll by Ala & Ela, but to make them in different colours as they are going to be Christmas presents. I was so pleased because I do love making this doll. So here are the girls:


First we have Annie


All dolls are knitted in DK on 4mm needles and for Annie I chose different shades of pink and a pastel green.


These are quite easy dolls to knitĀ  and much quicker than the Jean Greenhowe Victorian dolls, which to be fair are bigger and more detailed. Legs, arms body and head are all knitted separatley and attached.


The hair is knitted as a separate skull cap and attached to the stuffed head and the plaits are created and added later. The original dress in the pattern has long sleeves but I decided to leave the dress sleeveless and knit her a cardigan to complement the outfit. Little girls always love dressing and undressing dolls.


I used a different colour combination for Lizzie


Thought yellow and turquoise might look bright and colourful together, and I gave her darker plaits.


These dolls are about 13″ tall and 8″ when in a sitting position, they are quick to make and only take up small amounts of yarn from your stash and It was fun seeing them made up in different colour combinations.


Hope they bring some little girls a lot of pleasure this Christmas and stay part of the playroom for a long time to come!