Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys Book

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I have a thing for craft books.  My latest acquisition is Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys by Susan B. Anderson.

Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys book

I saw this talented knitter on a recent episode of the PBS series, Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell, where she demonstrated how to knit one of her toys.  The inside-out idea was so cute, I just had to get her book, even though my knitting skills are very beginner, to say the least.

What is a topsy-turvy toy?  It was traditionally a hand sewn toy, a doll, that was two dolls in one. Probably one of the most familiar ones is the happy doll that flips over to reveal a sad doll.  The skirt hides the head of each doll.  Here’s an example of a more traditional topsy turvy:

Hand sewn topsy turvy doll

Hand sewn topsy turvy doll

Anyway Susan B. Anderson has taken the idea of the inside-out doll and brought it to the world of knitting.

Egg to alligator

Egg to alligator

Chrysalis to monarch

Chrysalis to monarch

Anderson adds a sense of humor to some of her projects, as seen in this fox that turns into a hen:

Fox and hen

Fox and hen

I love how this one involves two very different shapes:

Dog into doghouse

Dog into doghouse

This one’s perfect for spring:

Bunny and lamb

Bunny and lamb

And of course there is this Christmas-themed one:

Snowman and tree

Snowman and tree

The inherent charm in these types of inside-out toys is the “how-did-they-do-that?” element that encourages close examination to try to solve the mystery.

So, since my knitting skills are limited at best, I thought I’d take out the knitting needles and give them a try again to refresh my memory.  If you remember in a previous post, I mentioned that I found the moss stitch, aka, seed stitch, to be the trickiest stitch out of all the ones I tried.  Well, the second time around, things are looking a whole lot better.

Moss stitch aka seed stitch

Moss stitch aka seed stitch

My earlier attempt at this stitch resulted in very uneven rows.  Notice my improvement in the above photo :0)

A close-up view of the stitches:

Moss stitch aka seed stitch up close

Anyway, I am still a long way off from knitting any of the toys in the book, but at least I know how to knit a basic scarf.  I think I will try knitting a hat next because a lot of the projects have parts that are circular like a hat.  I will need to hit up my mom for instructions on how to do that, as she is an experienced knitter.

Gotta practice, practice, practice!

Are you a knitter or crocheter?  What do you like to make?  Please share in the comments.

Please note:  I have not been compensated in any way, nor will I be, for mentioning the book, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys, or Susan B. Anderson in this post.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

 

 

 

 

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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