Elephante

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.

IMG_0979IMG_0981This 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.

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Every Boy a Dinosaur

My nephew has the uncanny ability to suddenly and dramatically transform from a sweet, innocuous child to a ferocious predator on the hunt.  Sometimes his animal of choice is the lion (Simba or Mufasa to be exact), but most of the time it is the T-Rex.

His love for dinosaurs extends beyond the games he creates as a prehistoric beast.   He knows nearly everything there is to know about each type of dinosaur, and he will correct you if you call a Stegosaurus a Brontosaurus.  He finishes your sentences as you read him his massive dinosaur book.

The imagination that flows from this knowledge astounds me.  He comes up with elaborate plots for the dinosaur family, (he’s the daddy, of course, and you’re the mommy, the baby, or the victim) and he stays in character for hours.

But sometimes it is nice to have a prop or two to go a long with your imaginations.  I created this spiky dinosaur hat especially for him.  It is nice during playtime and on cold winter days.

I designed this pattern and used Sugar ‘n Cream cotton.

What does the little one in your life pretend?

“Bob”

When my nephew is not acting like a dinosaur, he is reading a book or watching a television show where dinosaurs have the leading roles.  I made him this little blue stegosaurus for Christmas, and his name was promptly declared: “Bob.”

I found this pattern on Ravelry.com.  It was written by Cassidy Clark.   I added the button eye and just used some leftover yarn from other projects.