Of course there was some self doubt and I put off starting a Little Cotton Rabbits knitted creature because it looked hard. This goes back to that thing about wanting to master something before taking the first step and i'm working hard to get rid of that bad habit! 2016 has been about trying new things and learning and I'm so excited about what the next 8 months has in store for me.
So here's the technical bit:
I used Rowan hand knit cotton for the body, Rowan summerlite 4 ply for the shoes, knickers/pants and clothes, Rowan cotton glace for the eyes and shoes buckles and Rowan kidsilk haze for the cape. I also bought some Scheepjes catona and Quince & Co sparrow (both 4 ply) and a ball each of Rowan lima and Rowan kidsilk haze (to be used together for another creature!!) to add to the toy making stash.
You'll need 3mm straight and dpn's, 2.75 straight and 2.5 straight or dpn's. (I've added lots of tiny needles to my collection in 2016 and really need a small needle roll to keep them in before I forget what I have!) (And I guess they need to be documented in my knitting and crochet planner too)
A pen and paper helped to keep track of rows, especially for the lace dress as you knit the lace bit (row 1 to 12, 11 times) then pick up stitches along the long edge to knit up the dress. I really didn't want to lose my place!
The pattern is so well written with plenty photographs and tips. I did go off piste once as I looked at the photo and went off on my own only to discover that it's better to read the words and use the photos as reference, lol.
I don't do any kind of needle work so the eyes and shoe buckles were a little challenging especially as I left the eyes till last and should have done them before joining the head to the body. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out!
This is a tip on the pattern but I didn't realise how important it was until I had to redo the 'neck' a few times. It was coming out too thin and the head wobbled around too much. You will put a lot of effort into this knitted creature so it's important to put it together well.
I can add toy knitter to my resume now :)