Jess Hutch.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


This booklet came in the mail a while back; hooray for ebay. It's by Jean Greenhowe, a knitted toy designer that Hannah told me about. The patterns include Mrs Mopitup, Daphne Dabble (a painter) and Winifred, the owner of the local wool shop (it includes a pattern for tiny balls of wool!). This is only part one of the Little Dumpling Dolls series - it promises another issue focusing on Little Dumpling Men. I especially love the tea shoppe patterns, how can you beat very tiny knitted fake food? That's 3 amazing things in one.

I also ordered a book of patterns for toys of historical figures, by Jan Messent, but it hasn't arrived. The front cover features a pretty remarkable knitted likeness of Elizabeth I. I can't wait!

Speaking of not being able to wait... Hillary's postcards sets went on sale the other day. Her patchwork dolls are so beautiful, and I love the photos. I've really been looking forward to these.

Boooklet news... I finally heard back from the printer, and the next batch of booklets should be available for purchase this Thursday evening.


At 7:13 AM , gleek said...

that little dog on the cover is so cute!

hooray on the booklets! i'm looking forward to ordering my own.

At 7:40 AM , han said...

tiny knitted fake food - it really doesn't get much better.

At 8:37 AM , Anonymous said...

I discovered some great books by Jean Greenhowe too--she makes a lot of great toys.
By the way, I've been meaning to tell you how wonderful your knitting book is. The cover is outstanding. Now I MUST learn how to knit. All I know is the basic stitch and started a baby blanket for my son three years ago.

At 8:54 AM , Jenn said...

I love the knitted food. ;)

At 10:35 AM , Kuky said...

I have one of Jean Greenhowe's books, the MacScarecrow Clan. It's a Scottish family. It's so cute. I've only made Scamp the dog but I want to make the whole book. Oh...and I got your book in the mail a couple of days ago. Can't wait to get started on something!

At 10:55 AM , Kira said...

Hi, I just "discovered" your blog today.
The knitted food is very cute!
I was interested that you knit your toys in the round. I have had problems with a famous designer's bear patterns being knit flat. I think that the seams would be horrendous. I will order your booklet once it is in from the printers.

At 1:05 PM , rose said...

Cute book! Please post about the Jan Messent book, I have "Knit a Fantasy Story" and love it, but have been holding back on the historical figures.

At 2:39 PM , tania said...

thats awesome!
such tiny food-
can't wait to see what you make out of it.

At 5:05 PM , kath red said...

this looks cute.

i am loving seeing your knitted designs popping up all over the place, you must be thrilled.

At 9:47 PM , Isela said...

Yippee! I must get one of your booklets to create things for my little ones.

At 7:54 AM , Stephanie said...

You just made me spend a bunch of money on ebay! :)

Looking forward to getting a copy of *your* book.

At 8:32 AM , Anonymous said...

Opps, I forgot--anonymous was posted by me--

At 4:38 PM , mrspilkington said...

i love both jean greenhowe and jan messent's books! and mcalls and woman's day, mon tricot and bhg have some great old knitted toy books...i really overdo on the knitted toy books, but i can't help it.
can't wait to finish my first toy from your booklet -- it's such a treat!

At 5:52 PM , Michelle said...

I am crazy for those Jean Greenhowe books! There is a store near me that has many of them, and they mail order if there's one you can't find on eBay.

At 6:29 PM , g. said...

very cool. i finished spherey. you can see him knitted and renamed by my dh at

thanks for all your work! i love your booklet.

At 7:16 PM , Vampy said...

OMG!! Those are the books I'm trying to find! ^_^ Thanx so much for posting that image, if you hadn't I might never had figured out what to look for!

Y'see, my Grandma had a whole bunch of those books and made EVERY doll she could from them. But after a while she stopped knitting and gave all the dolls AND books to a senior's home. Very generous of her... but dangit, I wanted them!

Thanx again!! (if you ever want to see a cute picture or two, I still have a Tooth-elf doll and a Valentine's day doll that my grandma made using those Jean Greenhowe's books!!)


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