Monday, February 23, 2009

lions and puppies and bunnies, oh my!


For those of you who haven't seen the photos on flickr already, I will introduce to you Vanya, Leva, and Petya (or Ivan, Leo, and Peter, in English). These fellows are the three prototypes for my new toy design! Sometimes, when I get inspired, I can't help but knit as fast as I can to get the idea out of my head and into something I can hold. It was like that with these toys - everything unnecessary was put on hold until I could get them done (including housework, cooking, and exercising, but not my baby).

I had planned to publish the Mama and Baby Bunny pattern on March 1, but since there is so much interest in this new pattern, I might publish it first and delay the other pattern for a few months. I need to get the new pattern tested, or at least proof-read, then it should be ready for you by the middle of March. Plenty of time for you to knit some bunnies for Easter. I would love to see some in bright, Spring colours!

I also have an idea for another toy that's been in the back of my mind for a year now. I'd really like to submit a pattern to Knitty, and I think this idea would be perfect because it's very different but really fun too. However, it means I have to work on it in secret, either until I find out it's not accepted or until it's released. Since I'm planning to submit it for the Winter issue, that won't be until December! Hopefully you will all be busy enough knitting up my other patterns that you can wait until then. I might have another pattern or two during the summer, if I find some good ideas and enough time to work on them.

Anyway, that's all for today. I hope you're all having a lovely Monday!

14 comments:

Jackie said...

Would love to test knit for you if you are looking for some one.
I love the new patterns.

Jackie

Mary said...

Love!Love!Love!Love them! I can't wait until I have some spending money so I can order a few of your patterns :)
<3 Mary

Jackie said...

Those new Fuzzy lovelies are fantastic! I think I like the lion best :O)

Hege said...

What a cute gang ;)
I'd love to test knit for you!

Margaret said...

I don't know who i love the most, the lion or the dog. they are just adorable and i will be first to get the pattern when you release them. Would love to be a test knitter as well.

Leslie said...

If you're looking for someone to test knit who has NEVER knit a toy before, that would be ME! :) I love these designs. That lion is so huggable and his buddies are adorable. I love the "texture-y" look. It makes you just want to pick them right up and give them a feel. Great job!

cagio said...

ooohh - love these - love these

the textures are great - love the lion

Okate said...

What a great cast of characters. You've done it again, Barbara.

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh.. Vanya and Leva are toooooo cute! I have a soft spot for lions as a Leo, but the doggie - the blue eye just does me in :)

Susan said...

Can't wait until these are released - I love the rag doll look of them and the "scrap yarn" possibilities are endless!

Can't wait to add them to my fuzzymitten collection!

Mare said...

Oh My Goodness! They are so CUTE!

Anonymous said...

I love all three,the needles and wool are ready and waiting.





Pat

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To see your post my reaction is just wow.....lion is too much cute.....

Judy said...

Ditto: I love all of these....my needles and wool are ready.....