Sunday, February 23, 2014

A herd of animal puppets


Another one of the special orders I had during the busy time before Christmas was for a set of seven hand puppets. The first time I made these hand puppets was for my nephew a few years back. I made him a set of farm animals including a sheep, cow, horse and pig. I was working on editing the pattern and made another set which I put up for sale individually in my etsy shop. All the others had sold except for the sheep when a customer asked if I could make any other animals. I told them of the ones that I had already made and said that I could also make other animals if they had something in mind. They requested the farm animals plus a lion, an elephant and a bear.

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm lion elephant bear pig cow horse sheep

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm lion elephant bear pig cow horse sheep

hand knit hand puppets toy animals elephant

hand knit hand puppets toy animals elephant

hand knit hand puppets toy animals elephant

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm pig

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm pig

hand knit hand puppets toy animals lion

hand knit hand puppets toy animals lion

hand knit hand puppets toy animal lion

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm cow

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm cow

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm horse

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm horse

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm horse

hand knit hand puppets toy animals bear

hand knit hand puppets toy animals bear

hand knit hand puppets toy animals bear


I still need to finish editing the pattern for sale, and now I have a few more animals to add to the options. I'll probably end up doing a few different sets that use the same basic pattern.  There are so many options!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Custom footballs

My knit footballs have been one of my most popular items. They always sell quickly whenever I have them in my shop. (I actually need to finish a few to put on there now, since the last one sold out a couple of months ago.) The pattern for the footballs has also been one of my best sellers. 

I recently had a couple of custom orders for some knit footballs. The first was for a set of footballs to use as ring bearer pillows. I made the footballs the same way I normally do, but simply added a crochet chain string to use as a tie for the rings. 

hand knit football stuffed ring bearer pillow


hand knit football stuffed ring bearer pillow

The next football related custom order that I had was for a pink and white football. I like this kind of custom order.  It is really simple to make something in a different color as long as I have the yarn (and I keep quite a large stash so that I have yarn available for custom orders) and the customer gets exactly what they want.

hand knit football stuffed pink white

hand knit football stuffed pink white

hand knit football stuffed pink white

I have thought about also making these footballs in team specific colors, but I haven't had any requests for that yet. It would be really easy to do, but I'm not sure which teams customers would be interested in. Perhaps it will be a custom order someday.