The Spring 2012 issue of Loom Knitter’s Circle was published this past weekend! If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, be sure and check it out. It’s packed full of wonderful articles and patterns. And this time, I even managed to sneak a design in the current issue Meet my little Chickie-Dee!
My kids have a couple of soft, baby chicks (stuffed toys) that they love to play with. And every once in awhile, when the chicks were out of the toy box, I’d find myself thinking that I could probably make a chickie that looked very close to their chicks. Last month, I finally gave it a try. This sweet softie toy is what I came up with.
In the picture above, Chickie has 1/4″ button eyes. The second Chickie I made was going to be a gift for a baby shower, so I embroidered the eyes on with a tapestry needle and black yarn (still very cute, and safer for households with little ones, or pets that might chew the button eyes off):
While we’re talking about this fun little creation, I’d like to give a shout out to my wonderfully talented friend, Bethany Dailey. Some of Chickie’s design elements are inspired by her creativity. Chickie’s tail is done in short rows just like in Bethany’s darling Mr. Wobbles. And the fun little tuft of fluff on the top of Chickie’s head was inspired by the Pacifier Pals in Bethany’s fabulous book, Loom Knitting for Little People. (If you don’t already have a copy of this book, I highly recommend it ).
In my experience, each new project that we undertake has something to teach us. We build on our skills as we try new things. And the Spring 2012 issue of LKC is chock full of loomy learnin’ so hop on over there and have some fun!
Happy loom knitting!