Jess Hutch.

Monday, September 19, 2005

henry

henry door

Here is Henry the bear; I have been known to refer to him as "Henri" or "Hank". I am so pleased with how he turned out, I knitted his head and body together as one piece. A pattern for Henry will be in the booklet (can I call it a booklette?).

Kate (who linked to minimiam and rocked my world, thank you so much) asked about black safety eyes so I thought I'd share some toy knitting resources:

*I get my safety eyes from CR's Crafts. They say they have the "Largest variety of doll and bear supplies ANYWHERE!" and I'm inclined to believe them. They have every kind of doll and bear eye in every size and color. Including black 9mm, the ones I use most often. You can buy them in bulk or in smaller sets (of 6 or so), but the bulk ones are so cheap I buy 'em by the hundred.

*Lamb's Pride Worsted by Brown Sheep is my toy knitting yarn of choice. They have an incredible range of colors, and I love that the resulting fabric is firm (it holds the shape of the toy well) but still very squishy. And the 15% mohair content makes for a very fuzzy doll. Fab.

*A few months after I learned to knit, I decided that I really wanted to try making some toys. I looked far and wide for toy knitting books and found World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dalmeny. There are some really amazing patterns for dolls and (realistic-looking) animals in there, it's where I learned that if you increase and decrease regularly over many rows, you can make all kinds of odd shapes. I think that's when I decided that Knitting is Pretty Darn Cool. Thanks Ms. Dalmeny!

*There's a toy pattern in the new knitty, check it out!

21 Comments:

At 9:35 PM , Lisa said...

I love the H on his sweater!!

 
At 10:24 PM , Anonymous said...

he is super great. i love his ears!

 
At 12:52 AM , rosa said...

H is perfect, I can't stop looking at him. And what a wonderful photo!

 
At 6:21 AM , hillary said...

I love him so much! and that's very exciting that he's going to be in the booklette. I'd better stock up on my brown sheep.

 
At 8:41 AM , tania said...

♥ to henri! mais oui!
haven't been round in a while and its been great to catch up-
so many nice things,
lovely!
:)

 
At 11:45 AM , stephanie said...

I just adore this bear! Wonderful photo.

 
At 12:24 PM , han said...

Henry is great! I can't wait for your booklette! Also, thanks for sharing the link to minimiam - it's absolutely mesmerising...

 
At 12:58 PM , eendar said...

Henry is sooooooo beautiful!!! I adore it!!!! So cute!!

 
At 4:08 PM , Anonymous said...

This is really cool. He's got a lot of personality!

 
At 4:36 PM , leslie said...

I've lurked until now but love your toys (and sense of things) so much. I most definitely want a copy when the booklette is done.

p.s. Henri, Hank, Henry is perfect.

 
At 7:24 PM , Kym said...

I love your knitted robots! they look like the characters in Katamari Damacey (a playstation game).

Question on bubby bear-when you stuffed the arms, is there any stuffing in the upper arm/ shoulder at all? i'm working on one now and i can't seem to get the arms to look right.

 
At 9:16 PM , Katie Banana said...

Oh Jess. He's perfect. I love him!!

 
At 3:21 AM , momo said...

i love henri!! any time if you wanna swap, please please let me know!! =)

love,
momo

 
At 11:30 AM , traci said...

he is amazing. i can't wait for this booklette! this is my first visit to your site. (came over from little birds). so wonderful!

 
At 4:32 PM , Fiona said...

Wow. Henry is so sweet in every way, I love him!

 
At 6:50 AM , lyn said...

Henry is gorgeous !

 
At 7:54 PM , Melissa said...

I love Henry as well! I think he has such character adn is instantly recognisable as your work. I adore his stance!He looks so cute with his bandy little legs. He is perfect!

 
At 7:55 PM , Melissa said...

Whoops, I forgot to say that I have had that book for a couple of years ( world of knitted toys) and I agree it is very good, although I have never used any of the patterns because I prefer crochet. There are a few there that I want to try sometimes though.

 
At 10:10 PM , mrspilkington said...

great bear! i love that book. i've only made one thing from it so far (a turtle; i changed the pattern a little), but am looking forward to more. jan messent's knitted toy books are a lot of fun, too. i'm itching to start something from "knit a fantasy story".

 
At 7:51 AM , Anonymous said...

I love Henry Bear! My son's name is Henry, and ever since he was a tiny tiny baby, his dad and I have called him "Henry Bear".

Thanks for the infinate cuteness!

JennyAnn

 
At 9:37 PM , Leslie said...

Ohhhh, I have a Henry too! My little boy is Henry, and my husband is Hank!

Would love to knit them both up some Henry Bears!

 

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