I feel this particular book has earned its place on the shelf now because this is the second project I have completed. I am ridiculously pleased with Jilly, her body is a lovely soft felt and the clever design means she sits beautifully and I made my very first button jointed arms, that's right, her arms swing, I'm so pleased with myself. I used wool stuffing which works nicely but next time I might add something to weight her bottom a little. This has been a great learning project and has turned out much better than I thought, Jilly has now flown off to Belfast, she is a birthday present and I do hope she will be happily received.
I didn't post the details of this book when it arrived because I was a little ashamed of my sudden excess of Japanese Craft Books. This is the first toy one I have bought though and I am surprised to find I am really enjoying making the toys, the patterns are simple, inspiring and easy to customise. The toys make such lovely gifts and the book has really helped me get to grips with construction so hopefully I will be able to realise some of my own ideas.
Thanks for the great sweater suggestions, Carol's suggestion had me googling (I guess that probably isn't a verb) Vintage Style and now I really need that book, thanks Carol (I think...). It would seem my book collection is also seriously missing Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Meet Jilly Giraffe