29 August, 2010
I've had this book for a couple weeks now and it's growing on me every day. Sounds a bit like a distressingly personal kind of disease doesn't it? ;) But really, the projects are just so cute and I'm busy sewing up a small pack of dachshund necklaces (yay handsewing!). Pack of dachshunds...why is it that the words "pack" and "dachshund" just don't really go together? Pack implies something purposeful and dangerous, not the words that immediately spring to mind when considering dachshunds. But anyways, there will be a post on them in the next few days so in the meantime I thought I'd just share a few of my favourite projects in case you've been wondering if the book's for you. And to be honest, even if these ones don't grab you it might still be a goer because these are a very biased collection! I love Hilary's dolls and patterns and have done a few of them in the last few years, including a bunch of Olives and Archies.
Melvin and Marion the Librarian Bears. These would be for me and I would stand firm on that in the face of the inevitable blandishments and whining from Hazel. I mean really, librarian bears? Even the name makes me want them. On the list of 'jobs I could have done if I hadn't been an archaeologist' librarian comes right after palaeontologist. Hazel says she's going to be a palaeontologist when she grows up (she loves dinosaurs) so perhaps I can go on digs with her when I'm retired.
You can get the pattern for this Mermaiden from Melanie Falick Books. Hazel picked this one next after the dachshunds. I like it when she chooses the easy projects!
The Ellie bag. I think Hazel has too many bags that she doesn't use enough but this would be a good addition to the collection.
The Tag-a-long doll. It reminds me of the Olive doll I made for Hazel a few years ago, but the construction is heaps easier and the pigtails are so cute!
Bjorn Bjornson - would totally be for me and I'd love him and kiss him and call him Bjorn.
Little Miss Storybook - she comes with the most adorable red cape so I guess she can be Goldilocks or Red Riding Hood - or any of the other blond fairytale heroines! I was explaining to Hazel how she was a goldilocks too and she thought that was hilarious because there was no way there were any bears around.
I'm really looking forward to doing at least one or two of these toys, particularly if they're destined for my desk! There is a Flickr group for the book if you're interested in seeing some of the other toys.