Pattern: Spherey from Unusual Toys for You to Knit and Enjoy, by Jess Hutchison
Yarn: Peruvian Collection Highland Wool, Pumpkin and a red of some kind
Needles: US 4 DPNs
Notions: 6mm eyes w. safety washers
Recipient: Chris, the gentleman companion

Notes: Another fine pattern from this snazzy little booklet! I tell you, I had no faith as I was knitting his head / body that it would actually turn out round, but for the most part, it did.

The main knitting milestone here is that I managed to embroider his face, using stem stitch, so as not to make him seem frightful or drunk or deformed, a first for me. Typically my embroidered faces look more like that big guy from The Goonies than this cute little punim:

spherey face closeup

IMHO, this is the cutest pattern in the book. Although he does remind me a bit of that little guy in the Zoloft commercials. Which in turn reminds me of the round character in The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein. Mmm, psychotropic drugs and beloved childhood tales: Spherey, we love you!

I think his cuteness may have pierced even the thick cuteness threshold of my gentleman companion. Anyway, Chris has custody of him unless we find some tiny tot upon whom to bestow him. Maybe I'll award him as a prize for Best Behaved Tot in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The cats, though, can't quite figure out his bizarre behavior:

spherey and catty

spherey and moses

Hi-o, silver!

Posted by jess at November 11, 2005 10:10 AM

Hee! I'm going to be smiling all day because of this. Ordinarily, I detest pet pictures in blogs, but yours just made me go "awwwwww".

Posted by: eunny at November 11, 2005 11:29 AM

I just ordered my book - I cant wait to make a spherey of my very own! And the photos of your cats are hilarious.

Posted by: Mebeth at November 11, 2005 12:03 PM

Oh my goodness, he is so cute! Great job with the face, and the colors make him look so cheery :)

Posted by: allison at November 11, 2005 12:08 PM

oh, i love love love him! so totally cute and delightful. he looks a little like a simpleton, which i find an endearing quality. just ordered my book -- they're back in stock!

Posted by: carrie m at November 11, 2005 12:32 PM

ZOLOFT! He totally, does! Bloglines is so slow I swear. Next time I see new pictures on flickr, I'll check your blog before I leave any comments with questions.. It's time for me to get my LP out of the stash and whip my Jess Hutch book out.

Posted by: Angela at November 11, 2005 12:33 PM

So cute! I like how he stands up on his own. I need to get knitting on some of these too!

Posted by: Diana at November 11, 2005 1:05 PM

this post made me giggle aloud from beginning to end.

with all the people raving about it, i think i'll have to jump into the booklet my own personal self.

he does behave strangely, doesn't he?

Posted by: heatherfeather at November 11, 2005 1:12 PM

so cute, the toy and the cats!! did your cats try to play with it?

Posted by: blossom at November 11, 2005 1:19 PM

That is just stinkin' adorable!!!!

Posted by: Stacey at November 11, 2005 1:59 PM

He is so cute, and wow he really does look like the zoloft cartoon - ooh I think I have to make him a little smaller and stuff him full of catnip to make a little zoloft upper toy for my kitties!

Posted by: Marie at November 11, 2005 2:01 PM

Oh my goddness, I love him too!

Posted by: Joelene at November 11, 2005 2:03 PM

i love the look your calico is giving spherey.

"and what the hell are you?"

and your tabby's eyes are a little bugged out. i think s/he's afraid to move.

Posted by: maryse at November 11, 2005 2:03 PM

just like to add that the embroidery job is masterful. As you say, it's almost uncanny how a perfectly capable knitter can make embroidered faces that look like pal of Chucky. Yours is very friendly.

Posted by: julia fc at November 11, 2005 2:06 PM

Aw! Spherey's adorable. Especially posed atop of your kitty cat : )!

Posted by: Annie at November 11, 2005 4:46 PM

yay! Well done! And he's the perfect, innocent, "who me?" cat torturer.

Posted by: Julia at November 11, 2005 6:16 PM

Spherey on the kitty is too darned funnny!

Posted by: Gina at November 11, 2005 6:34 PM

Yeay! So cute!

Posted by: Jenn at November 11, 2005 7:07 PM

he's so cute!! now you have to make squarey, so he has a little friend :)

Posted by: Kym at November 11, 2005 8:06 PM


Posted by: chica at November 12, 2005 10:18 AM

I looove it! Simply adorable! My niece would love this! I might be able to make one for her for Xmas... YAY! I just added your blog to my links so I can visit more often. It's been too long since my last visit, and I miss seeing your projects... He turned out great, jess! :)

Posted by: heidi at November 12, 2005 3:45 PM

looks great! are you going to make a whole little family of dolls?
how much yarn do these little guys take? Ive had the book for the last couple of weeks, but haven't started anything since I have no clue what yarn in my stash to use or if I even have enough.

Posted by: yahaira at November 13, 2005 3:03 PM

LOVE that spherey guy! Just ordered that knitted toys book - I'm excited to have gotten one before they sold out again! By the way - the Stella McCartney stuff was apparently a one-day blitz on Thursday at H&M - that's why things seemed "normal" on Friday!

Posted by: Rebecca at November 13, 2005 8:04 PM

AWWWWWW! That is the cutest, most darling thing ever! Great job, Jess. I love that Zoloft guy. And yes, spherey looks just like him. I totally need to get this book.

Posted by: Sandra at November 13, 2005 10:54 PM

Your Spherey looks great! I've just started one of my own - I hope it turns out as well as yours did.

Posted by: Katie at April 1, 2006 12:15 PM

I have been looking everywhere for a copy of this book (Unusual toys for you to knit and enjoy) with no luck. Any ideas how I can get my hands on one? I would love to know how and where. I am willing to pay double the cover price, because I know my mom would love it.

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Nice toy. :)

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