A New Knitted Friend

Here are some pictures of my daughter with her new knitted horse friend!

She loves him so much and has told me so every day since this day, the day I gave him to her and took pictures.

He is just the right size for her, big enough to be a soft squishy toy to love and hug.

The pattern for this horse is out of the book Dream Toys by Claire Garland. This is the second toy project I've knit by this designer. Earlier this year I knit up some of her Knitted Babes which are super cute as well.
This horse knit up relatively fast on size 5 needles and I used Sirdar Calico yarn which was a surprisingly soft springy yarn for only around $5 a skein! I like it so much that I would consider making some children's garments from it in the future. It's just your basic cotton/acrylic blend....machine washable....cheap....perfect.
I used Rowan Kid Silk Haze for the mane, and I love the look of it!

This little guy has just so much personality. His big knobby knees and felted embroidered face make him so loveable and unique!

Isn't it funny that I think that knitting is so easy, but embroidery totally freaks me out?
To me, that was the hardest part of this whole project.
Once I gave her that horse, she was so excited to take him with her on some adventures!

......She tried riding it, but that didn't work out so well.....

When she was tired of playing with her new horse, she tried to put him down for a nap.....

But he was so much more comfortable in her bed.....