Once upon a late-night high school shenanigan, my friend Deidre and I discovered an abandoned childhood game: Elefun! The game consists of an elephant who blows butterflies out of his trunk (naturally) for all the boys and girls to catch!
Though my sisters were still young(ish) and may have searched for the game on subsequent Saturdays, we decided that it was time to send it off to its retirement. The scheme was laid out, an outlandish poem about a magical “elefante” written, and we giggled all the way to a randomly chosen classmate’s house (the “random” choice might have had something to do with how good-looking said classmate was). We placed it in his yard, inflated his trunk, so the “heavenly butterflies” could rise up to his bedroom window, and left the poem for him to read with perplexity the next morn. It was ridiculous. And, to seventeen year old girls – hilarious.
Fast-forward 10 years (hard to believe). Deidre now lives with her husband in London, and they are expecting their first child! She is quite possibly the CUTEST pregnant woman EVER. Do those cutest baby photo contests start in utero? Because she would win, hands down. I was fortunate enough to visit with her last weekend at her baby shower, and gift her with an homage to our dear old friend.
This might be my favorite stuffed animal that I have made. I used a pattern from Zoe Mellor’s Knitted Toys. He is made from some leftover cotton (not sure what brand), buttons for the eyes, and some denim patches (meant for jeans) for his flappy ears. Of course, he is stuffed with fluff, and I used embroidery floss to frame his ears.
I can only hope that this toy provides as much entertainment as the elephant that inspired it. Congrats, Tom and Deidre! You will be AWESOME parents. Much love.