A few months ago I thought it would be fun to knit my daughter some playfood for Christmas. I was a bit worried about working with DPNs again (the octopus wrangle) but I actually really enjoyed knitting these little projects. It's nice to be able to finish a project every week and let's be honest, she is going to get a lot more use out of these than a sweater in Socal!
I still want to knit her some strawberries, apple, banana, and a fish. Does anyone know of a good fish pattern?
So I thought I'd link you to the free patterns available on Ravelry!
Donut: loved this pattern and it gives you do many opportunities to jazz it up with different colored frosting sprinkle beads, or even embroidery sprinkles!
Ice Cream: so many options here! Waffle cone or pointed? Swirled or scooped?
Squash: gotta have some veggies!
Celery: creative way to use the natural curl of stokinette!
Mushroom: a really quick knit! You could also embroider some spots on the cap!
All of the playfood was knitted on size 4 Bamboo DPNs. I think wood needles are the best for very tiny intricate projects since they "grip" the stitches better. Aluminum needles are just so slippery!
I use Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (worsted) for most of the food. They have a wide variety of colors to choose from and I just love the consistency of their yarn.
I use polyfill stuffing which is washable! When stuffing take lots of little fluffy clumps and pack in tight!