Okay so this is an unlikely thing for me! I have now bought two copies of 52 Timeless Toys to Knit by Chris deLongpre. We will get a review of it up here shortly.
A week or so ago as I was enjoying a sleepless night I dreamed up a project using this book. First off, the patterns are freaking adorable. As you might imagine, not a big fan of plush toys, but Chris has not only created cute creatures, but they are interesting! So I’m laying awake and thinking about various problems I have to solve, one of which is that my mother is increasingly limited in her mobility, and needs to continue to have stimulating things in her life, but I have little extra free time.
There is a small knitting group at The Heritage which Jane attends. I don’t think she knits that much anymore in terms of quantity, but she still enjoys knitting a bit every day, so is often looking for projects that are small and don’t require a huge amount of dexterity. At about 3 am it came to me that I could organize knitting these toys for the knitting group, I can take photos for my blog, and I can provide the yarn which will help me clear out my stash! Whoo hoo–this is a complete win for me. I propose this, with some excitement to my mother, who is dubious. I buy her the book and send it to her to show to her group. Word back yesterday was that the book had been looked over, and projects chosen! Jane was happy because she likes a project (and I’m sure she was just worried that it would not be well received as a concept).
This morning I bought a second copy because I realized I need to be able to create project kits and it is just too difficult to have one book in two locations. So now I await the second copy of the book so we can put together the kits for the knitters. I’ve got great yarn for this which I am anxious to turn into something rather than just having it take up space in my office. Sounds like a field trip for Linda and I to go over there on a Thursday afternoon to kick off the project.