Monday, January 05, 2009

An African Safari

It was quite an adventure a couple of weeks before Christmas. I was knitting away creating these fun little finger puppets for an Etsy customer frantically trying to get them to her in time for Christmas. The pattern is from Raynor at Jellybums or you can find her patterns in her store. What darling little toys she's created and she was so kind to help me out when I needed it. She actually referred the customer to me to knit them and I really didn't think they would take me as long as they did. But lesson learned, now I know.

I'm curious and want to knit up a couple other patterns of Jellybums as a stuffed toy rather than a finger puppet and I have plans to knit the puppy dog to include in a Woolie Wrap quilt I'm making.

I haven't yet talked much of my Etsy store. Since I opened it I've sold almost everything. I was quite shocked at how quickly it went which made for a crazy December.
I'm looking forward to adding more goodies and I have a "boy" quilt in the works.

This is a picture of the quilt I made and have sold. I learned that it was going to be a gift to a sister who is having a baby girl. I love to learn about the receiver of the items.
I have to give credit to Betz White whose book Warm Fuzzies got me thrifting for wool sweaters and going head over heels working with this stuff. I love, love, love it.
(I contacted her to make sure my ideas were original enough so I wouldn't be infringing upon her designs for those of you wondering. She was cool with it.)

When creating quilts like this you end up with a ton of scraps and I am having a hard time letting go of even the tiniest scraps. They're in a bin for the "just in case" projects. It's been fun to create the "byproducts" of the quilts; felted photo albums, coffee cozies, and right now I'm working on some coasters. I have so many ideas but not enough time to execute. You all know how that is.

Take care


At Home Mommy Knits said...

Those puppets are adorable. I'm glad your store has done so well. Here's to a wonderful and prosperous 2009!

Denise said...

Those little puppets are just too cute, and the quilt is beautiful.

sue said...

Those puppets are very sweet and cute arent they. Yours look adorable. The quilt is beautiful and I am not surprised that everything you make sells so quickly either.

Katie said...

THAT QUILT IS GORGEOUS! I know I'm yelling, but it is!! Beautiful work. Absolutely beautiful.

Nancy said...

Lesli, I'm so glad your Etsy store is working out. You do such great work!

Knitterella said...

Those finger puppets are Adorable!!! Awesome quilt too - very nice!

Glad the store is going so well! You make beautiful treasures!