Vera

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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.

Joris

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Yep. He’s a, or she’s a…probably a…maybe a dragon?  Maybe a dinosaur?

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This is Joris, a pattern by the Dutch designer, Annita Wilschut. Most of her patterns, and certainly the ones knitters have knit most often, are stuffies of one sort or another. Bears, sheep, the monkey Jacobus, fox, dog, cat, mice. If I could clone myself, I’d knit them all. They are that cute.

Here’s Joris from behind, showing off his head spikes:

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Here he is not quite ready for prime time.

joris_unstuffedHonestly, his feet and hands are a fiddly pain to knit. But by then the knitter is so absorbed in how the project is unfolding, fiddly is tolerable.

I knit my Joris in Quaere Fibre‘s sportweight, self-striping, washable merino in the colorway “The Usual Suspects.” I’ve not worked with Quaere Fibre before this project. The colors are deep and saturated. The dyeing was precise. The dye was set and did not bleed out. And there was not a single knot to contend with. A perfect yarn for this cool project.

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