My friend Jennifer at Desert Garden Farms surprised me with an extraordinarily generous gift of SIX skeins of hand spun yarn!! WOW, I feel so luxurious & artsy & pampered!! Most of my knitting & crocheting is done with manufactured yarns, which I love but still the look and feel of hand spun is a special treat of undeniable richness. Add to that the fact that some of the “ingredients” in the yarn are from her very own wool/fiber bearing animals and I don’t feel worthy.
Like so many people, I am a saver. Always putting nicer things away for a special occasion. Rarely do I use the fine china, silver or even my finer yarn. I’m going to need to get over that and give myself permission to start using my hand spun. I tried to take that plunge last week by using some chocolate colored Desert Garden hand spun for my Spud stuffed animal but it was too thick. So close, I almost made it and was rather pleased that I was going to use the yarn for a toy, no less.
Addendum to the story is that I have in fact permitted myself to knit a toy in handspun as evidenced by my previous post.
So here's what I made for the Desert Garden children, as a thank you for my wonderful yarn;
"Fairy Doll" by Ana Paula Rimoli from Crochet Today! Magazine, May/June 2011
"Mini Cthulu (and Mini Kappa)" by Cherene Reyes, Ravelry pattern store. Well written pattern and so affordable!!You get TWO patterns for under $3!!
"Garden Pals" (bunny) by Tamie Snow from Crochet Today! Magazine, May/June 2009
"Little Baby Monkey" by ME, (although I heavily improvised it in order to make it small enough to fit in a toddlers dress pocket), from Crochet Animals Big and Small, Redheart publication J27-0025
I really enjoyed making these toys. All of the designs were simple, easy to follow & quick. I love that.