Yesterday Nathan picked up some stuffing for me, so I was able to stuff and sew together the Jean Greenhowe Winter Mouse that I have been knitting. I am so pleased with the results! Cosette absolutely loves it, which of course makes me even more happy!
Things I learned
This doll was just as easy to make as the little bunny that I recently made (also a Jean Greenhowe design). It uses the same techniques of increasing: knitting in the front and back of one stitch. I learned a little more about knitting flat pieces that fold into little objects, opening my eyes to how creative you can get with knitting, and making sculptural type pieces. For instance, the hat is a strip of knitted fabric, rolled up and sewn together. It was so fun to see this little mouse come to life!
The only thing that I did different from what the pattern calls for, is to leave off the hand warmer muff and the little gift that the mouse is supposed to carry in her hand. I thought that my two year old would enjoy it a little more if the mouse's hands are free because she can make the mouse do more things with her hands.
I cut out the little cardboard circles to go in the bottom, but they seem to fall out pretty easily (and they are the right size, too). When the circles come out, then all the stuffing in the large skirt portion is exposed, and with a toddler, this could just be asking for trouble. So, I think I may knit some fabric to sew into it, or maybe just use some felt.
Just like the bunny, knitting this little mouse boosted my self confidence with knitting. It really gave me a sense of accomplishment, and helped me to be encouraged to do more. It was a fun little doll to knit, and I must recommend it to anyone who wants to knit something a little different, something for a child, or something that does not take much time to knit. With or without the gift and hand warmer added on, this little doll makes a very attractive Christmas decoration as well.
May you all have a Happy New Years!