Monday, 28 January 2013

Benjy the Blanket Buddy

Let me introduce you to Benjy.
Benjy is a mischievous little monster made from scraps of yarn left over from Jake's stripy blanket.
I had been planning on knitting up a Rebecca Danger design for a while, after picking up her Knitted Monster Nursery book on Amazon. There are some really cute knits in the book, and her little son's nursery must look amazing! I haven't got nearly enough time to knit a whole nursery, but one of the monster toys I can stretch to.
I chose the Vinny V pattern, knitted in the Hayfield Bonus dk I had leftover, about 3/4 of each ball. As it turns out, I still have leftovers - Vinny doesn't use much yarn. I named him Benjy the Blanket Buddy because I intended him to be used for snuggling when Jake is all wrapped up in his blanket. I'm sure one day little J will rename him though.
Benjy literally flew off the needles - he is such an easy knit, and knitting all the pieces in the round meant there was next to no making up to do. Even then, I put it off for a few days - sewing up is never as fun as the knitting.
Probably my favourite bit was giving Benjy his face. I couldn't use safety eyes or felt teeth because my 6 month old would chew those right off, so I made some knotted yarn eyes, made famous by Jean Greenhowe, and embroidered the teeth on using a double thickness of white dk yarn.
I am absolutely over the moon with how Benjy turned out - he looks like he has a real personality, and Jake has played with, or should I say chewed, him lots. Hopefully he will be tough enough to last - at least he is made from washable yarn and stuffing, something I can see being quite useful in the future!

1 comment:

  1. hes awesome, i love making monsters but hate making the legs and arms, so much magic loop lol