Tuesday, September 2, 2008

happy batly day

Hello everyone! Happy back-to-school day! I've really enjoyed my little break, as it's given me time to get some projects finished, and think about stuff other than blogging. Also, I'm finally able to share one of my secret projects with you!


So the secret new pattern is for a bat! A really super cute little bat, who looks a lot like my other toys, but has a different construction and uses knitting in the round. I know a bunch of you already alter my patterns for knitting in the round, because you hate sewing seams. Well, I decided to get the look I wanted, this toy's body had to be knit in one piece. So you make each leg, then join them together and knit the body. My test knitters have said the directions are really clear and easy to follow (as I always try to make them) so if you've used dpn's before you shouldn't have any trouble.

Because it really wasn't possible to make an outfit for the bat, I've included a simple pattern for a little Jack O' Lantern. These are so quick to make, and the faces are really fun to embroider. I might just make a bunch to decorate for Hallowe'en! I've even thought about adding some whole cloves and allspice inside, so they smell yummy too.

Now that you're all excited about the new pattern, I must be honest and tell you it's not quite ready yet. However, it's really only the final formatting that needs to be done, so it should be all ready by the end of the week! I really hope you like this new addition to the Fuzzy Mitten family. I'm so very pleased with how the new body construction worked, and will probably be using it for some toys in the future.

A few other things I want to share quickly: I just ordered more yarn for Fuzzy Knits kits, although these won't be ready until the middle of October. I will also likely make up another set for sometime in November, in case anyone has someone on their gift list who would like one. Also, my morning sickness is finally done with, so I'm feeling much better! My belly is even getting big enough that I look pregnant, instead of just chubby. Although it's starting to get in the way, which will take some getting used to. Finally, my hubby and I are going on a little holiday at the end of the month to celebrate our first anniversary. We're going to Prince Edward Island for a week, and if this lovely weather holds, we should have a great time! I promise to share some of the photos we take while we're there.

13 comments:

mintdee said...

Oh my goodness he is adorable! You are so talented. :)

Rosie said...

That is soooo cute! Glad you are feeling better.
Rosie

Ariel said...

He is sooooooooo cute!!!

Jacqui said...

You are so clever - I love this little bat with his lanterns. Plenty of time to knit as gifts for Halloween too. Thank you Barbara, and I'm glad you're feeling better :)

Esther said...

what a cute little grey bat! Glad to hear you are back at your blog after your break ;o)

Sara (a.k.a Sarloz) said...

OMG! i LOVE this new addition. He is so cut I can not wait to get my hands on the pattern to make one up for Halloween!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This little guy made me smile so big! I'll be getting him.
Glad to hear that you're feeling better.
p.s. a vote here for keeping the 'knit flat' toys ... some of us just don't like the dpns ; )

Rosem

Acornbud said...

What a cutie!

Mare said...

Those little bats are adorable! And my knitting teacher is teaching us to knit on circular needles too! I can't wait until i am good enough at this to try to make a little winged wonder! My sister is crazy for bats....She'd love a gift like that!

Catie said...

eeee! I love the bat! And glad to hear you are feeling btter

Claudia said...

this cutie makes me feel a lot better about the coming autumn and it`s cold and fog. you have outdone yourself.
claudia

wendy said...

That bat is awesome!
I can't wait for the pattern!
I glad your feeling better...have a good one!

periwinkle said...

sorry to be a pest I should have read further back - this answers my question.
Lisa x