Why, hello there sir.
For what seems like ages, I had been lusting over the adorable little creatures created from patterns contained within The World of Knit Toys by Kath Dalmeny. Everywhere I looked, however, not a single bookstore could help me. The employee trying to help me would always give me a look as if I had suddenly started speaking gibberish, informing me that this book wasn’t even in their computer. Was it out of print? Simply out of stock? Who knows!
After months of frustration, my mom became tired of my griping and did a little research for me, and discovered it on Amazon.com, and not only was it under $10, but she offered to order another book she was interested in and cover the shipping and handling. What could be more perfect! So naturally… I had to consider it for another couple of weeks, because I’m a horribly and almost irrationally indecisive like that. Then I realized how stupid I was being, and became panicked at the thought that they may run out.
Now, after all that… I have to say, I’m a little bit disappointed thus far. This duck that I knit is a little… misshappen, to say the least. I don’t really understand how Ms. Dalmeny expects something knit flat like this to become a nicely proportioned stuffed animal, with a defined body, neck, and head. To get mine as it currently stands took more than just a little poking and prodding, to say the least. Another issue I have is that gigantic beak it’s sporting. It looks like it would better suit a crane or something; certainly not a duck.
Dispite his flaws, I guess he’s growing on me a little bit, and I decided to name him Mr. Beaky. I’m not saying that this book was a complete let-down, but it was a bit less than I had anticipated. I’ll reserve further judgment until I try out some of the other patterns.