When it comes to gifts for babies and children, they are two things I always give: handmade toys and books. Clothes are grown out of too quickly. Electronic toys break.
Handmade toys, on the other, provide a tactical experience that children don’t always receive with modern toys. When well-made, they can become heirlooms to be passed on. Books provide children with a learning experience and are also often held onto and treasured. I still have and love my childhood copies of books like the Velveteen Rabbit and The Poky Little Puppy.
So, for a baby shower I went to last weekend, I made sure to include some handmade love.
I like to call him Waldo because of the red and white striped sweater he’s wearing. The pattern I used is Kate from Knitty. I decided to make it without the limbs, because it looked more like an infant toy that way. The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Worsted, a lovely cotton/modal blend that is perfect for toys. I also included a SkippyJon Jones board book to complete the gift.