I have recently realized that I am pretty much displeased with most playfood patterns out there. In their quest to simplify the knitting process, they often come across as looking cheap or unrealistic (unrealistic, okay okay, I know these carrots are striped.) If I am going to give something to my children I want it to look good and also be well made with no corners cut, which is pretty consistently leading me to develop all my own patterns.
The most recently being carrots. I didn’t have any solid orange yarn, but I think the striped cotton yarn makes them look fun. The gardener in me could simply not stick a giant single leaf on top and call it good (that looks nothing like a carrot top!) so I ended up mixing felt with yarn to get something I feel is more accurate.
This set of three carrots is listed in my Etsy store. I think they would make a perfect edition to any child’s cooking set, or as a fun (and non-sugary) extra for an Easter basket. (A set of them will be going in my children’s Ostara basket!)
I am trying to decide what kinds of Spring themed play food to knit next. Any ideas?
…Mommy stayed-up-far-too-late-last-night making for me:
Oh. My. Goodness. This took forever. I was going to make some other toppings but I ran out of time, so we just went with pepperoni. The biggest problem with this project is that it made me craaave pizza, so we ordered one for dinner last night. Gave me the extra time I needed to finish all that blanket stitching too. Damian immediately recognized what it was this morning, which made the effort worth it though.
This ends the twelve days, or does it? I still want to make more! The twelve days of Christmas is traditionally actually the twelve days after Christmas, ending with Epiphany (which is actually the day gifts are given in the places I’ve lived at in Europe.) This could be the excuse I need!
Everything I've made these past 12 days.
I hope you enjoyed the felt foods and have a very merry Christmas!
… Mommy made for me:
A friend suggested I make ham, and as I was feeling particularly ambitious this is what I came up with. I have two but the second piece is for that friend if she cares to claim it. It seems only fair the inspiration for this gets a plush representation of her favorite food.
Tomorrow is the last day and I’m still feeling ambitious. I’m thinking a couple slices of Damian’s favorite, pizza! With the works, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms. If that doesn’t work out, pancakes maybe.
Finally updated my project to-do list (far right column,) nice to be checking things off, but frowning at the incomplete stuff. Motivation keep on coming!
… Mommy made for me:
Everything a growing hockey player needs!
I realized yesterday I had miscalculated the amount of cookware and felt food I had and was three days short on the 12 days (whoops!) Damian’s favorite breakfast food came to mind though and saved the day. It only took me about half and hour to put the two fried eggs together too, which was nice. I was thinking about making a little tutorial for these but found a fried egg one online this morning, that is pretty much exactly how I made mine. (Great minds think alike? I’m adoring the bacon on the same tutorial, might have to make that too.)
If you are wondering why my son is “cooking” in a hockey goal, that was a solstice gift from my father. Damian couldn’t be more thrilled, he actually fell asleep holding the red stick last night. So cute!
… Mommy made for me:
These were the most fun to make. I was so pleased that Damian recognized what they were right away. He even went over to the patio door and looked out at the gardening thinking that is where they had come from. I know young one, my gardening heart is ready for planting too.
We finished a bulk bag of brown rice the other day. It is just a burlap bag with a zipper, but the kids love that it has carrying handles (particularly Ivy, she has been dragging it around constantly) so I let them have it. It is also the perfect size to store all their new felt food. Reusable win!
Speaking of Ivy, I snapped this today while we were playing outside. Closest I’ve ever come to catching her eye color.
My Mommy heart goes all melty at that face.
No idea where in the family that jade eye color comes from. Mine are hazel and Michael’s and Damian’s are blue. I just love it.
…Daddy left for me:
And on the third day of Christmas, Mommy made for me:
I fell behind on this idea for this blog by a couple days if you can’ tell. Yesterday was really rough on our family. We had to take Apollo back to the shelter. I really don’t want to talk about it though. It was, is still, really hard, and I am still rather emotional about it. Sometimes it really sucks having to be an adult.
So about the 12 days gifts. I think I mentioned the other day that we are mixing a set of wooden play kitchen accessories in with the felt food I made. The set we purchased seems really well made, I am very pleased with them. Damian is ecstatic they are red. Ivy is overjoyed they make noise. Mommy and Daddy are glad the noise isn’t that loud.
The corn is my least favorite felt food I made out of them all actually. I didn’t want to wind a new bobbin with a lighter thread to sew the kernels on the cob. I really should have. I do like the design though, the corn comes out of the cob so you can shuck it. Love that.
… Mommy made for me:
I am so excited to be able to start sharing all the felt food I made for the kids with you now. There will be some pots and pans mixed into the 12 days but here is the first handmade gift! Damian was so excited about these this morning. Ivy on the other hand tried to bite them and then gave me a nasty look when she realized they were not real. Hehe!
One hat down, two to go! I am proud of my button. It was a wood blank I had, I just drilled a couple holes in it and painted it red. Can’t tell you who this one is for but I will tell you I am going to be knitting another one after the holidays. For myself! I love this blue color.
I have been making these lately too, finger puppets! (I am working on other animals then dragons at the moment as well. Stocking stuffers!) They are a nice quick project between my larger ones. I even netted a couple small commissions for them, w00t! ($5 each if you are interested.)
Are you making any gifts this holiday season?