My new sponsor Blue Sky Alpacas was most generous and went all out. They sponsored 3 toys in my effort to knit through the Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids book by Susan B Anderson! But since I had already made half of one (the wrap me up puppies) and one of the other ones (the Matryoshka dolls) was sponsored by Loops I am sharing the love with my readers. But First Thing’s First. The toys I knit with their yarn.
First, I knitted the puppy with the Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton. This cotton is 100% organic so it makes me feel better about using it. I know that the people that are working it are not having to work with poisons and I know that it is safe for my 9 month old to stick it in his mouth. It also works up so beautifully. Any sort of stitch definition you make with this yarn will show up in an amazing way. It is very soft as well. Amazing quality. My only down side to this yarn is that if you are not paying 100% attention to what you are doing it is very easy to split the yarn with your needle which, because of how fine and beautifully it works up, shows very well if you do. But this yarn gets a 4 and a half star rating out of 5. Would recommend this yarn. Liked it enough to make a hat for M out of the left overs.
Next toy was the Mama Duck and Ducklings. This one is one of the bigger toys in the book but very fun to knit. I did get some help with this one. Hubby cut the dowels a drilled the first holes the size that the book recommended but they ended up being too small so my Dad, who is visiting from Iceland, drilled the right size and even put the wheels on for me. What great men I have in my life! I think so far this toy was the most satisfying to make because as soon as I was done my 2 and a half year old son, O, could not stop playing with it and saying “Duck, duck, duck” because there are 3 ducks. Anyway, in the pattern it says that to make this toy you need 2 skeins lemonade and honeydew and 1 skein pumpkin but in reality 1 skein of each is enough. I had some lemonade left when I was done and I only needed maybe a fourth of a skein of pumpkin and honeydew. I think kids would even like this toy if it was just on wheels and wasn’t a pull toy. Just drive the ducks around like cars.
I have worked with the Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton before but never really done a proper review of it. I used it for the Matryoshka dolls. This is a worsted weight yarn that is amazing to touch. It is soo soft and again grown organically like the skinny cotton. It doesn’t split as easily and it gives your finished item sort of a dreamy look and feel to it. Sort of fluffy which the skinny does not have. My hands love this stuff and so do my needles. Very easy to work with and I’m still looking for what to do with the rest of my yarn. I’m starting to get a collection of left over balls of this yarn. I’m sure I will find a great project for it or maybe I will make another set of ducks as a gift for a lucky child. This yarn gets 4 and 3 quarters of a star out of 5 from me.
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Giveaway will be open til Sunday the 7th of November 2010 at midnight. Winner will be announced on the following Monday.