COULD YOU KNIT THIS NEW DESIGN PLEASE?
Pattern by Val Holmes of East Yorkshire
Emotiknits are sets of three identical double sided therapy puppets that are race, age and gender neutral. They are all the same person, but each face shows a different emotion. Besides happy and sad they show anger, worry, fear and confusion. NB. You only knit THREE to each set.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS IF YOU'RE NOT CONFIDENT DOING THOSE! See why below.
This pattern was designed and kindly donated to Knit-for-Nowt by Val in East Yorkshire. It has been trialled with Social Workers, and is a great success. It would be wonderful if you could make some of these sets – the pictures show the 6 expressions, but you only knit three puppets (putting expressions on both sides.) And of course they’ll be much quicker to knit than the families, as all in one colour. They don't have to be yellow, just a plain light colour of your choosing, so that the expressions will show up.
The innovation which Val has brought to these is that, on discovering that it is really difficult to get a good facial expression when embroidering onto yarn, she has cunningly introduced a vilene backing, which makes the stitching so much easier!
Val has said she's very willing to do the faces for you if you prefer. If so, please send in your puppets (x3) with the faces blank and don't sew the puppets up. Please leave enough of the exact same yarn for her to use to sew them up - as a guide measure all around the outside of the puppet and then double it. Send them in to Knit-for-Nowt unfinished in that way if you wish.
Emotiknit 2 is a variation of Emotiknit 1. Inspired by Val's design (above), Jane in Nottinghamshire has come up with these. This time you only knit one full puppet, and then you knit two heads which slot over the top of the original puppet head. There are still 6 expressions.