You probably know by now that I work in phases and for a period of time, all I want to do is knit sock, sew dresses, play piano… well this time it is make cute toys. This is Elijah by Ysolda and it is made in Sublime yarn’s Cashmere Merino Silk DK in the colour way Buttercream, a wonderful soft yarn and filled with wool and has embroidered eyes. I added a tiny tail since elephants have tails and it certainly makes him cuter. I bought the pattern at one of her birthday sales a long time ago but never got around to making it and I’m so glad I finally did. I made a lot of toys about 2 years back and gave all of them away, I have a tendency to say that I’m going to save them, but they somehow end up everywhere but here. Although they have been played with and that is the important thing, I felt like we should have some here as well so that we have something for our young visitors to play with. And I just like the look of a row with knitted or clothed toys in my “office” when I’m working.
The pattern is easy to follow, you knit the head and then you pick up stitches and knit the other parts seamlessly, which require less finishing then knitting in pieces and then seam. I think that I prefer seaming and did in fact seam the ears instead of picking up stitches, there is no going back and re-seam it if you realise that the arms are crooked if you work seamlessly and the first few rows are tough when everything is straining. I can totally see why she choose this construction, but I prefer to seam. When I made my first toys however I loved the idea of not having to seam everything up. I thought that her very detailed instructions for where to pick up stitches was wonderful and made the toy much more accessible, and it is very clear now that preferences change when your skills grow. I also used to swear by bamboo needles and I can’t stand them nowadays. They are blunt, lack precision and the stitches don’t glide smoothly.