Sachiyo Ishii was a money broker in Wall Street and London, but discovered the joy of handcraft after her second son was born, and was very much influenced by the Steiner education system. She has been involved in many different creative activities, and her Waldorf-inspired dolls and knitted toys are well known and loved by many. Her work has appeared in knitting and parenting magazines. She lives and works freelance in West Sussex, England.
A small book, reasonably priced , with twenty patterns for charming tiny toys. The introduction suggests they are fun for new knitters; I note that you would need to be happy with increases, decreases and sewing up before tackling them. I have a box where short short odd ends of handspun yarn are collected and here is a book full of suitable patterns. Most toys are around five to eight centimetres in finished size, the tallest due to his ears, is a 9cm tall chubby bunny. All of the patterns in the book were knitted on double-pointed 2.75mm needles and require some sewing up and a small quanitity of stuffing. I tried out the Chubby Bunny pattern, it took a couple of short sessions to knit the pieces and another to assemble the parts. My bunny came out like the picture, a comic book type figure with a large head.* Yarnmaker *
Most of the patterns use stocking stitch. Use the needle sizes and yarn types as suggested so the knit is close, and so that there are no wide gaps in the knit. 20 teeny weeny little items measuring around 2 1/2 inches to 3 inches approx once completed. Knit cute little creatures: fish, owl, bunny. And objects: space ship, teddy bear, and a set of skittles. All these ideas are popular and fit with a variety of themes so ideal in any themed decoration and for gifts i.e party bags, or present toppers* Debra Hall -TSS Reviews *
An inexpensive little book which uses up small amounts of double knitting wool, so perfect for stash busting scraps of yarn. Worth buying if only for the polar bear, Santa and the gingerbread house! Clear pattern instructions and sizes are ideal for making into tree decorations or parts of a garland - which is what Im doing with several of them. Well worth buying and would make a delightful gift too.-- Lyn Lewis * Customer review *
Another book of fab patterns from Sachiyo Ishii. This is a handy A5 book paperback book. There is a good selection of patterns to choose from - santas, reindeer, snowmen, angels, baubles. The patterns are all straightforward and do not take long to knit. The instructions are for 2.75mm needles, but I have chosen to use 3mm needles, still knits small but for me a better size needle. Great patterns to use up oddmenrs of your wool stash.-- Jenni Lin * Customer review *
This is the ideal book for knitting little Christmas toys and decorations. The patterns are easy to follow and all just use oddments of DK yarn. From Santa and Polar Bears to Mary and Baby Jesus, there is a knit here for everyone.I dived into my stash and knit up a finger puppet in under two hours!-- Linda Rumsey * Customer review *
Recently received this book and can't wait to get started! Easy to follow instructions suitable for all skill levels.-- Brenda Wilkes * Customer review *
Good variety of mini knits. Clear instructions. Not too difficult and can be done quite quickly. Made the gingerbread man in a couple of hours.-- Nicola Hazleton * Customer review *