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.
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:
Anyway Susan B. Anderson has taken the idea of the inside-out doll and brought it to the world of knitting.
Anderson adds a sense of humor to some of her projects, as seen in this fox that turns into a hen:
I love how this one involves two very different shapes:
This one’s perfect for spring:
And of course there is this Christmas-themed one:
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.
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:
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.