Monday, October 11, 2010

Hedgehog to Squirrel Reversible

Hi Knitters,
I want to be sure to share my personal photos of another toy of mine in the Knit Simple Holiday 2010 issue. The photos in the magazine are wonderful but they don't really show how the squirrel reverses or flips into a hedgehog or the other way around.
The squirrel to hedgehog toy is made in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran on size 6 double-pointed needles at 5 stitches per inch. I love the bushy tail made from three pom-poms.
I made a couple sweet acorns to loop on the squirrel's arms, too.
I think it always helps to see all angles of a toy.
The toy is 5 1/2 inches tall and about 3 inches wide. It is a small one.
The best part is that the hedgehog is tucked right up inside the body of the squirrel. You just flip the squirrel inside out and you get....
a cute little hedgehog. I used this same idea for an entire chapter in Itty-Bitty Toys called, Reversibles. I made a bunch of reversible toys for that book that are really fun. By the way, Itty-Bitty Toys has just gone into its 3rd printing so that is exciting.
I was really pleased that the squirrel with the big tail actually fit inside the hedgehog! The bodies of the animals are very stretchy and accommodating.
There are purl ridges on the head and body that are then chained with a crochet hook for added texture but you wouldn't have to add that part. It is optional.
See, there's that squirrel in there waiting...
to be on the outside again. Kids, teens and adults alike love the reversible toys so it makes a fun gift for any age.

That's all for this fine Monday morning. I am going to the Madison Knitters Guild tonight to see Jared Flood. He has a new yarn line that was just released called, Shelter. I am definitely going to have to get some of this yarn to play around with.

It should be a fun night! I'll tell you all about it and I'll try to remember my camera this time.
best, susie