[gallery type="square" ids="3055,3056,3057" orderby="rand"] As you may recall my sister's puppy, Tosh, got a very special Christmas present, her very first handmade toys. However, due to her breed being part-terrier nature she quickly developed a nasty habit of chewing holes in these toys. Although I was initially concerned about beaks, legs and arms being pulled off, she prefers to simply chew off the safety eyes, pull out the yarn tails and chew through the bodies.
So what you see above are two of the last amigurumi for Toshie (the Racoon and the Bird).
The slug however has never felt the teeth of Toshie, as when I showed up at my parent's place with it, my mother immediately scooped it up and put it on a ledge in her kitchen, where it is still sitting, safely.
I had great fun making these toys and I will keep making them (with the safety eyes) and stash them away, my friends are starting to have babies and toys are always an adorable handmade treat for a new baby. Note: I know safety eyes are not safe for infants and small children, but parents deserve fun toys too.
These toys, like my previous one are all made with patterns from Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches. I really like Stacey's patterns and approach to crochet and design, so I'm really happy to support her by purchasing her patterns. Also, she is really fun and approachable on Twitter and Ravelry, which just really makes me like her more.
I've already started my next toy, William the Whale, I like having a toy on the go, it's nice to have choices in the WIP basket.
Don't worry about Toshie, she will not want for toys, and while I won't be providing them any more (watching her dog destroy the toys within 5 minutes of getting them was to much for Carla to handle) I may use my immense Brava stash to make some doggie blankets. I get the chance to try out new techniques on a smaller scale and I know that the items will be used regardless of how well it turned out.