Over the past few days, I've been playing with a new idea that would make the perfect gift for a little one. I have a friend who is due any moment and I think I might make my first one for her baby.
I've been going through a crazy crocheting phase. At one point this week, I decided to try to make some mittens. This is more complicated than the hats I've been making, so the one I made didn't come out exactly how I would have liked. I made one and just gave up on the other one for the time being. Since it was a little big, it reminded me of that wonderful children's book called "The Mitten" by Jan Brett , based on a Ukrainian folktale. For those of you who haven't read it, it's all about a bunch of animals who find a lost mitten in the snow and all decide to get in it.
I thought it would be a great idea to crochet a mitten and then make little clay animals to go inside (eventually I might make little stuffed animals with fabric or felt and a larger mitten). Wouldn't that make the cutest homemade toy? I'm going to buy some more clay this week and see what I can do. I'll post pictures when I finish. Brian and I were talking and thought that it would be so special someday to make a new toy based on a book for our kids each Christmas. What a great tradition that would be! We'll see how I do...
For now, here's my funny mitten that I'm hoping to fill with little forest animals.