Oh right I have a website - here's a post about stuff I do, cause that's what you put on a website, I'm told.
Instagram is my jam, it's where I share all my updates and completed projects (much more consistently than I do this website, that's for sure). One of the items I make and post about that gets the biggest reaction (and requests for custom order) are what I have deemed: Wonderstuffs. I get a lot of questions about them, so here's some insight, and some credit where it is due.
It happens fairly often that I seek out a new challenge in knitting - that's why you see such a variety of items, I'm constantly making new things.
A few years ago I made the first stuffed animal ever, for my step-son (Filou the elephant - there's a post about him around here somewhere). It took me a long time to complete him, I kept putting it down, picking it up... but ever since then when I'm between projects I've been working my way through a book of patterns, learning as I go.
In the case of this book "Knitted Wild Animals", there was a lot of sewing. After I made the first one I thought, no way this has to be so much work. So I started altering the patterns and knitting everything in the round (if you're not a knitter, that means I knit it all as one piece, instead of sewing together multiple smaller pieces). This made the projects go faster, and always adds a bit more challenge as I read the pattern and incorporate changes (that I have to remember I made) all along the way.
All that said - that's just my style of knitting, I like to knit outside the lines, if you will, and almost always make changes to patterns once I've made them once. I wouldn't be anywhere without the designers who share their patterns, and cannot say enough for how fantastic this particular book is. The author is Sarah Keen, and she is a freakin' wild animal genius because I mean look at them! If you are a fellow knitter and interested in recreating any of these, get her book!
Anyway - she got me hooked, and since my changes made assembly so much easier, I wanted to try to make them all!
First I made the elephant, and then the hippo.
Then a snake, and a giraffe.
A tiger and a classic teddy...
And finally, the ones I kept looking at but hesitating to make... the moose and monkey.
For some reason I made two more hippos, cute little buggers...
They have made (and will continue to make) great gifts - who knows how many I'll add to the collection... I haven't made the antelope yet....
So there you have it - no real method to my madness... it's like a melange of boredom, curiosity, inner maker extraordinaire, and... A.D.D.. Yeah... that's nice. Let's go with that. Cuddle up friends.