My best friend who lives in Arizona has a 4 year old daughter who calls me her aunt. I have made a few little things for her and whenever I send a picture of a finished toy to her mom (my friend) Kaitlyn sees the pictures and decides that she needs whatever it is I have just finished.
Apparently, Kaitlyn and her mommy were talking and little Kaitlyn innocently told her mommy that “It’s about time for aunt Stacee to make me a toy.” It was so cute that I couldn’t not send something, so I cast on for Sally, the eco fairy. After working on Sally for what seems like months, I didn’t feel like I had made much progress. So little progress that I was starting to think I wouldn’t be able to part with Sally once she was done. (assuming she ever is done) Keeping this in mind, I began searching Ravelry for some quick-to-knit toys that I thought would be appropriate for a 4 year old girl. I found La La (La La – Ravelry link) and had to have at least one of my own!
Enter Kaitlyn’s Babe:
Pattern: How to knit the babes from Knitted Babes
Yarn: Red Heart Super Savers in Aran, Wool Ease in Cocoa for the hair, and Patons Astra in Lip Pink for the hair ties and swimsuit.
Needles: Size 4US
Started March 6, 2008
Finished March 8, 2008
(backside of swimsuit)
Modifications: Very few. I almost knit her in the round, but because I’ve been getting some really bad ladders on my toys I opted to stick with flat and seamed. I also thought having a flat ‘canvas’ would help me get the face how I wanted it. I opted to use a heavier weight yarn because I had it handy and my son and I have an agreement that I will not buy any yarn until Lent is over. (Does that mean I have a problem with yarn-buying?!) I really like this little doll and it’s basic-ness. My daughter saw me thumbing through the book and began immediately placing her orders! 😉
For grins, here is Sally in progress:
I’m sure I’ll finish her soon enough.
I also seem to be experiencing a little WIP excess:
The blanket is much larger than shown in this photo, but it is a really boring knit! That makes it perfect for TV or car knitting, though. Sally has been pushed aside for the time being. Knitting her hurts my hands. The snake is waiting for a couple short circular needles so I can eliminate at least two of the severe ladders by knitting on two circs. Any guesses how many more projects I cast on for this week?!