Thursday, May 22, 2008

Toys and Games oh my!

Starting with the toy, here's my bunny. Well, not my bunny anymore. But I did breath life into him! And now I've sent him on to fulfill his mission to love and be loved by a beautiful baby boy.

This is the Lola Bunny designed by Beth Skwarecki ( free pattern download here ) and it is the first toy I've ever knit and it won't be the last. I can say that with some certainty because I've already had a request for another one! From Steve (giggle). When he saw this little bunny finished he was so impressed and liked him so well he asked me to make one for him - or perhaps a dog or a lion. So, a big shout out to anyone who knows a great pattern for a knit dog or lion to please hook me up.

This is a good sized bunny - approximately 12 to 13 inches from the top his head to the bottom of his legs. Unfortunately I forgot to measure him before he was sent, but he's a nice size. Not too small and would work for a child of almost any age (giggle).

While I was knitting this bunny I got to thinking about children's toys and in particular the toy in the story The Steadfast Tin-Soldier. The Steadfast Tin-Soldier is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Anderson. You are probably familiar with H.C. Anderson's more popular fairy tales such as The Princess and the Pea or The Little Mermaid but he wrote quite a few fairy tales most of which are incredibly sad - guaranteed to traumatize any child of sensitivity. Anywho, the beauty to be gleaned from the story of The Steadfast Tin-Soldier comes from revealing that no matter what our outward appearance or how we are treated in life we can still have a beautiful heart and, in the end, that's all that really matters.

Specs: Pattern Lola Bunny Love; 1 skein Schaefer Yarn - Little Lola - 100% superwash merino 280 yrds; US3 double pointed needles; finished dimensions approximately 12-13 inches. The only modification I made was to close the bum segment more rapidly to create a flatter bottom so that the bunny would sit up more easily. To do this I simply made my decreases all the way around each row rather than just once on each needle. I have to say this is a really well written pattern and was a pleasure to knit.

Bye bye Bunny.

On to Tagging Games......

Do you ever get the impression that my maturity level might be a little lagging behind my chronological age. Maybe that's why Steve and I get along so well. Hum, something to think about. Kidding aside, these games are a fun way to share a little about yourself and in turn learn a little about the bloggers that you read. I was favored with a tag by both Denise at The Knitting Den and Bridget at The Ravell'd Sleave, both of whom have really interesting things to share.

Here are the rules for this MEME:

"The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer."

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

Practicing law and living in South Bend, Indiana in a house situationed on the St. Joseph river in the middle of a beautiful wooded area. I still miss that home and the beauty of the changing seasons.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
Since it's late in the day this is my to-do list for tomorrow. Morning: meet a legal colleague for coffee and give him the exhibit I worked on today and then I'm off to grocery shop at Whole Foods Market. I love this market - everything is organic and tastes so much better than conventionally grown/raised food. I know they say you can't taste the difference - but I can. I know I can so don't try and convince me otherwise. As an aside, you know you are working too hard when the highlight of your week is a trip to the grocery store. Afternoon: (1) draft corporate resolutions; (2) research a tax issue; and Evening: manicure finger nails and play with Mr Puffy (not necessarily in this order).

3) Snacks I enjoy: Good for me snacks: carrot sticks dipped in hummus or wasabi peas. Bad for me snacks: Chocolates or potato chips. Unfortunately, and truthfully, I eat way more of the bad for me snacks.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire: For myself, I would travel to all parts of the world focusing on the best beaches (my personal favorite so far is on Eleuthera Island which has incredible pink sand beaches). For others, I would fund education and medical research programs.

5) Places I have lived:

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, I left Santa Barbara to live in Los Angeles, California until I moved back to the Midwest to go to law school at the University of Notre Dame . After about ten years in South Bend, Indiana I moved back to California and now live in Topanga (a suburb of Los Angeles) and have for the last three years split my time between Topanga and San Clemente (a small surf town located between San Diego and Los Angeles).

6) Jobs I have had: As a teenager one of the jobs I had was selling flowers on the street corner (not a job I would recommend but the tips were good). After college I have worked as a certified public accountant and as a lawyer.

7) Bloggers I am tagging who you will enjoy getting to know better:

Jillian at Sknitty (a fellow LA girl);
Hilary at The Yarnaid (check out her beautiful Safire bolero Ravelry Link she designed it herself);
Theresa at T Does Wool (a fun new blogger);
Amanda at FancyPants Knits (she really knows how to knit that perfect fit sweater);
Marie at Knitted Gems (a knitter who knows no pattern limitations).

Have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day Holiday!


Channon said...

I'm going to have to show my MIL *YOUR* bunny and see if she'd like one of those instead. You seem willing to make another, wilst I dread the thought of repeating the pattern I used!

And for the record, I don't think maturity and fun are mutually exclusive! ;)

Marie said...

Thank you so much for tagging me. I'm blushing from your lovely comment.

The bunny looks adorable! Steve's reaction is priceless. Whatever is he going to do with a stuffed animal? I would think that if anybody needs a stuffed animal to play with, it's Mr. Puffy.

I haven't tried knitting any stuffed animals, so I can't make any recommendations outside of the Ysolda patterns. I've seen several bloggers make her elephant and polar bear patterns. Nobody has encountered any problems except during the stuffing process. I understand its a wee bit difficult to stuff a long nose. =)

BTW - Chocolate is good for you. New research has proven it. I have a piece of chocolate everyday.

Knitterary said...

Dude. Ten years ago I was a DAG in Indiana making weekly trips to South Bend for happy little gabfests with my buds Sharp and Miller. How small is the world?

amanda said...

First, your bunny is just adorable.

Glad to know more about you. You're even more awesome now that I know you'd fund medical research. I will have fun posting this meme :)

jillian said...

That bunny is adorable!! I hesitate to knit toy patterns because they seem like they would be so fiddly. I know a robot, and overall it was pretty quick, but it was a tad fiddly :)

Such interesting personal info! Ten years ago I was also in South Bend part of the time. I was living in Indy since the previous year but came up north quite a bit. I knew you had lived there, but didn't realize we were there at the same time! It is indeed a small world.

Denise said...

I loved your answers, thanks for playing along. I've been snacking on carrots and hummus this week trying to eat better. Don't know if you read my daily blog but I often talk about my quest for better eating habits and trying to get Kristen and Jason to eat healhier too!
I think there's a link on my knitting blog but I'll give it here too:

Your bunny turned out super cute!

Monika said...

Lola turned out really cute! :o)

sittin and knittin said...

Love the bunny...think I will make one too for my niece's baby-to-be!

tiennie said...

That is a really cute bunny! It will be loved.

knitting dragonfly said...

I really like your bunny, thanks for the link, I have another baby gift I need to make and am tired of blankets. I think this little guy would do.

happymamaof3 said...

your , rather his bunny is adorable!

Theresa /t does wool said...

Thanks Claudia for tagging me...I just finished! It was fun! Love,love the bunny...

Hilary said...

I really enjoyed reading more about you, and thanks for tagging me! I posted my answers a couple hours ago.

The bunny is SO cute. SOOOO cute. I second Marie's suggestion to check out Ysolda's patterns. Maybe Steve would like an elephant?? :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudia,

The more I learn about you the better I like you -- and Mr. Puffy, too, of course! I grew up in the Midwest (Ohio) and love Santa Barbara thanks to several visits there (but then again who doesn't?)

Your knitting always inspires me and Sursa is near the top of my queue as a result of a one of your posts. Your bunny is adorable, although I'm not into toys at this time -- toddler's clothing for my little grandniece is a new interest, though (hint, hint).

Oh, and my husband (also Steve)and I are at about the same level of "immaturity" too. We call it Fun.

Please keep writing and knitting -- lots of us would really miss it if you took up golf instead!


Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for your nice comment and letting me know that you enjoy the blog - that pleases me immensely! Coincidently I do have plans to knit more for children - and have an adorable hat for a little girl that I'm presently searching for the perfect yarn!

Windyridge said...

Lola Bunny looks lovely among the greenery!