Jacobus and Saar


Meet Jacobus and his buddy Saar, more Annita Wilschut designs. In fact, she’s also designed Jabobus’s overalls and Saar’s dress. All of Wilschut’s patterns are available on Ravelry.

These little monkeys tickle my knitting funny bone more than anything I’ve knit in a long while. Vera was fun. Joris was a hoot. But these guys are possibly the best monkeys in all the knitting kingdom. And we’ve got lots of monkeys in the kingdom.

monkey_pair_back_dressedHere’s a closer look at Saar.

saar_dress_frontsaar_dress_backSaar’s a tad vain and kind of likes this shot of her in profile.


Jacobus is sitting on my desk telling me he should have been featured first because he’s older than Saar (by a few days). He says I’m always fighting against female stereotypes and then I do the “ladies first” thing. Sigh.



There. Jacobus has quieted down some. Now Saar is tossing little gobs of yarnie bits at Jacobus. She found them on the desk. He’s making spitballs out of the yarnie bits and…

“Cut it out you two.”

A hush falls over the pair. They’ve spotted it. My payback for their silly bickering.


The two of them, in the flesh, wearing only their Quaere Fibre self-striping sport weight skin, in the Hanukkah colorway.

Jacobus, who plans to study law, is telling me I need a signed release before I can publish his photo on my blog. He’s threatening to sue for invasion of privacy and misappropriation of his likeness. I told him to add false imprisonment to his complaint because he’s about to put into my cedar closet.



This is Vera, another Annita Wilschut pattern, available on her website and in her Ravelry Shop. Like Joris, it is a wonder of a pattern. No errors. Clearly written. Lots of photos to help out if a knitter gets confused.

One of the features I much appreciate is that, when you finish a Wilschut knit, you don’t have to spend an equal number of hours sewing tons of little parts together. There is no sewing. That bears repeating. There is no sewing. Well, you do have a stuffing hole to sew closed, but that can’t be helped and is an easy stitching job. I’ve made lots of stuffies in my more than fifty years of knitting. Completing the knitting and finding yourself with a giant pile of small parts to sew together can be daunting.

My Vera is knit in Stonehedge Fiber’s Crazy, a DK weight wool/llama/alpaca mix. It’s always a good idea to use needles a few sizes smaller than what’s recommended on the ballband when knitting toys. You want a close knit so that the stuffing doesn’t show through.

vera4I don’t know where Vera got that bow. I told her that it clashes with her skin tone. I told here that it’s not her color. But she insists she will wear it even in the bathtub. I told her if she’ll give up the bow, I’ll try again on her eyes and mouth to see if she can look a little less odd in the facial feature department. She’s a stubborn little bear. She says she likes the way her face looks and she wants to keep the bow.