That exclamation point still feels not right, but I am trying. The pig is one of my favorite animals. I am obsessed with pigs in children's literature. I don't know exactly what it is about them. This particular pig is a Debbie Bliss special and the pattern comes from Toy Knits, a1995 publication. If you have any interest in knitting toys, you should own this book. This is one of the first toys I ever knit. I started a piglet at one time but I am not sure what happened to it. I should find that. My daughter keeps it on her bed and the other day she brought it to me in my studio and asked if I could re-stuff him.
He is kind of a well-worn flattened out version of his former self and he could use a little refurbishing. (That sounds strangely familiar.) I am going to attempt this rejuvenation this weekend. I love it that my little sweetie loves this pig so much and that she sees the value in something handmade. I will definitely tackle this request pronto.
Have you seen this book? It is a Rowan production with designs by Sarah Dallas, Wendy Baker, and Catherine Tough. It is a fantastic book that includes patterns for a lace vest, scarves, slippers, sweaters for men and women, a blanket, pillows and a shrug. In my opinion the most fantastic design in the book is Sarah Dallas' Cabled Coat Blanket.
I just love this design and I have been planning on knitting it for a long time. I love everything about it, the long fronts, the horizontal cables, the ribbed sleeves and the collar. I think I would wear this to death.
In fact, I ordered the yarn online (I won't say from where) months ago. They were wiped out of the Rowan Scottish Tweed DK in the colorway I wanted. I have checked back two times and that was a long time ago at this point. I really want to knit this garment so I need to pursue this further. I know as a former knitting store staff member that yarn can be tough to get in a timely fashion so I understand the dilemma. I am going to keep trying.