Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Woollie Offerings

A few weeks ago a lady got in touch and asked if I would make a monkey for her little girls birthday. This little girl is apparantly monkey mad and is even going to have a monkey themed party, how cool is that? As long as there was pink on it the design was pretty much left to me. This is what I came up with , once again using Debi's pattern.

Let me introduce you to Wilhemina Monkey,,



She was made from the softest Snuggly wool I could find and is now winging her way to Texas. This was another one I found hard to let go... knowing she was on her way to a loving home helped.



It's quite nice to use pink as it's not a colour I get to use that often, so a request for a pink / cream bunny couldn't be refused.
This is Lizzie.



I like to think that she's dressed up for a summer wedding.



I've also done a beanie, recognise the wool Tess?



And finished off a ripple baby blanket, this picture doesn't really show the true colours as I've been unable to get a decent picture due to dull and overcast weather. So imagine it a bit brighter.

There is actually a story to go with this blanket.. It was started for my brothers second baby which is due in August but when I found out that his girlfriend had given away everything that either myself or my mam had made for their firstborn I changed my mind. My mam was so upset by this as she had made so many lovely things when their son was born and had presented it so nicely in a lined basket that I've vowed never to make them anything again. What made it worse was the fact that she didn't even show any emotion when she told my mam what she'd done!!
Re reading this I think I'd better clarify that it was all given away without any of the clothes being worn , the blankets used or the toys I made played with....

So now I'm going to put it up for sale in my Etsy shop when I get a decent photo and I might even make a little bunny to go with it.



Now for someone who does appreciate handmade things..... when he saw this ripple Milo asked if he could have one , so this morning I went through my stash and pulled out all the suitable wool that I could find.



Every day he's going to pick a colour and I'm going to try and get a stripe of that colour done, one every day until the end of the school holidays which is September 9th ( they don't break up until the end of next week ) and hopefully by then it will be finished ....... fingers crossed.

24 comments:

Little Dickens Designs said...

Your little plush guys are so cute!!

LizzieJane said...

Lovely knitted little ones, they look very soft and cuddly.
What a shame about all those wonderful things that were made and never worn and then given away. I can understand that you and your mum were upset and cross. It does take a lot of time and energy to handmake things.
x

Tabiboo said...

How utterly ungrateful. I can see why you and your mum are upset. I would be fuming! sorry - I'm having one of those weeks.

Love your knitted animals. Funnily enough if our William came out as a girl we always joked that he would be Wilhemina - I seem to remember though that was just to annoy the inlaws!

take care,

Nina x

Rachel said...

How ungrateful! That would have been hurtful even if the things had been shop bought. The ripple looks gorgeous, I'm sure it'll be snapped up in no time (and you'll know that it will be going to someone who'll really appreciate it). Wilhemina and Lizzie are very cute, and I love your new banner too!
Rachel x

Lyn said...

Oh I love the monkey-she is a cutie!
Love
Lyn
xxx

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Wilhemina and Lizzie are super cute! I love that you are going to make Milo and a blanket and let him choose the colours - a great way to involve him in the process. I can't understand why some people don't get the hand made beauty - I have had similar experiences so am pretty selective in who i give handmade too.

Dancin' Puffin said...

Loving the knitted toys. I am very cross on your behalf. So much thought and love have gone into the things you and your mum have made and they've not been appreciated at all. I'd be gutted too. X

Cathy said...

I so love your little critters - they are just beautiful. I am also loving the ripple blankets am seeing around blogland. So nice for Milo to choose his own colours.!

Lina said...

Your knitted toys just get better and better. Sorry to hear that some people don't appreciate the love and effort that goes into handmade...

lou said...

What a rude cow! Never mind her loss; I can’t understand how someone would not like something that has been so beautifully handmade.
My boys were always dressed in fashionable clothes and wore all the gorgeous things that my Nan knitted them and people would always comment on how cute they looked. I will get off my soap box now.

Such a cute monkey! Have a lovely weekend-love Lou xxx

Kate said...

Gorgeous knitted toys!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Hi Lisa. Your monkey and bunny are gorgeous! I love the bunny's clothes.

How horrendous about the handmade gifts though! That's really heartbreaking.

But I really love the idea of you letting Milo choose a colour-a-day for his own ripple blanket! Brilliant!

Lucy x

louise said...

Really lovely knits Lisa. Good idea for Milo to get involved with colours for his blanket. I am sure there is much anticipation to start the summer break from school now. A little baby is going to be very cosy in the ripple blanket and a little girl very pleased with her monkey. x

driftwood said...

love the softies, and the idea of a a matching bunny to go with the ripple is a great one.
fantastic beanie!

Derek said...

Yet again my invaluable design advice goes uncredited (on the wife's blog at least - she did mention it over on another site where I got a couple of nuce comments :) )

I put in so much time and effort providing insight into colour and layout and this the thanks I get :P

Only joking babes, your creations are always great and clearly admired all around the world - keep up the good work.

As for the ungrateful in-laws - stuff em - they don't know what they're missing out on. Just feel sorry for the little ones that they are going to suffer for their parents ignorance.

Rachael Rabbit said...

Your little animals are beautiful! Isn't it lovely when people ask you to make things especially for them! I have to do some knitting again soon. Hope you are all well x

Carol said...

Gorgeous, both of them. I love Lizzie. The ripple banket is beautiful too...you are so very very talented Lisa.
Cx

Suzie Sews said...

just lovely. A great wool fix for me, I thank you.

Suzie Sews said...

just lovely. A great wool fix for me, I thank you.

crafty pam said...

I have just bought Rabbit pattern from Debi, after seeing yours. Mine doesn't have the pattern for the coat? Is this your own design, cannot see it as a seperate pattern on Debi's website.
Thanks

Simone said...

I love the monkey!!! I love the rabbit too but the monkey is so sweet. You really do make some beautiful 'woollie offerings' Lisa. x

karenshopes@googlemail said...

Cant wait to see that blanket when its finished.

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karen

alittlebitofscrap said...

Your knitted animal dolls are adorable, so cute!