Sunday, 17 February 2013

Knitted farm


I've come to really love making toys for my children

And I like to imagine...
that the love I feel for my children ~ as well as the process of creation...
...infuses the toys with love


So when my good friend Carrie from Crafty Moms Share invited people to join a knitted farm swap...
...I simply could not resist!

Each of us knit ten squares ~ my square of choice was the knitted garden
We followed the instructions from Living Crafts {Winter 2008 & Winter 2009}


After our squares were finished we exchanged them through Carrie...
ending up with lovely fields of wheat, corn and oats...
a plowed field and veggie patch
...as well as paddocks for sheep, horses and pigs

And what would a farm be without a pond *smile*


Next I made some other squares, a path and a stream to bring it all together
 Oh, and of course the animals *smile*
...some horses, pigs, sheep, ducks and even a sneaky fox!

I also received some gorgeously crafted fences from Organic Kinder
{do visit their lovely Etsy shop ~ so many beautifully handcrafted items!}


And now my children have a beautiful knitted farm set
that is a patch work of creations from people all over the world
...how lucky they are!



A true heirloom piece ~ thank you lovely friends for helping create this wonderful gift

Warmly,
Kelly

32 comments:

  1. That is really beautiful. I love the fact that everything that is swapped is just a square, that makes it accessible to knitters like me. Those little fences are beautiful and really help pull the thing together. I can just imagine your kids playing out farm scenes. Goblin would be getting his tractors on it asap

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  2. wow, how fantastic! And what a story it has to tell, being made by so many hands near and far! I enjoyed seeing the edible flowers post, i'm planning a tea party for thurs, pretty eatable flowers will make it extra special. Your sons school and garden looks gorgeous, hope he's settling in well

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this farm idea!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh my!! I absolutely LOVE this!! :) What a beautiful idea for a swap! :) You are so talented too! Love it!

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  5. Hello Kelly,

    I found a wunderful page for knitting a farm. Unfortunately it is in german. But the instructions are freely downloadable as pdf (pdf Bauernhof).
    Here is the link http://www.waldorfwilhelmsburg.de/front_content.php?idcat=121
    Enjoy it.
    Lovely regards from Bavaria (Germany)

    Susi

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  6. WOW!
    It looks beautiful! :)

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  7. That is beautiful! That is one of those toys that will truly be treasured for years to come- a family heirloom. I'm so glad you shared it on Eco Kids. I pinned it on our board too.

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  8. What a great idea! It's really beautiful.

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  9. My jaw just dropped. This is seriously beautiful! Oh, what great play is going to happen there :-)

    I think I just may have to put something like this on my Knitter's Life List - and I think you for sharing all of the resources, too.

    Pining this one on Pinterest, for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Oh, how I love that project. I wish my kids were still small enough for me to make a farm. I guess I will have to save this idea for my future grandkids. I love it all, by the way...the fences, the little animals, the grain field, the rocks in the field, and oh those carrots. Great job. I am sure your kids love it.

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  11. holy moly, that is stunning. what an amazing gift.<3

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  12. Hi got here via Frontier Dreams. What a gorgeous play-scape! I just loved that it was done collaboratively with another crafty mamas. I also enjoy making toys for girls very much. I now off to explore your blog and the other beautiful things you make! Thanks for sharing this treasure
    Luciana

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  13. This is really gorgeous. Your kids must love this.

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  14. That is wonderful! I'm sure your little ones are really enjoying their farm.

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  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the knitted farm!!!

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  16. Hello Kelly,

    I recommended your page to a friend of mine. She visited your page and it is as lovely for her as it is for me. Now we work together to make something like that for her 1 1/2 year old daughter.
    Thanks again for this beautiful idea.

    LG Susi

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  17. So creative, wow, what a great idea!
    x

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  18. Wow, that is so clever! Seeing as I don't knit, I'm thinking a crochet version for my granddaughter could be achievable.... hmm, maybe next year....!!

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  19. That is so cute. My daughter says she would like one, even though she is 10 years old.

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  20. I thought I would let you know that I had to come back and check out your post again after finding it via Pinterest! I have highlighted it as one of my "Friday 5" today. Thanks again for sharing, I can't wait to put one together for my niece!

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  21. this is a brilliant idea! i really like the horse in rainbow colors. this farm will make your children love animals more and plus organic stuff is a benefit! your kids are very lucky indeed!

    Sevgi

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  22. I love this gorgeous farm-scape! My son is now almost 3 and for the past few months he has been very aware of which toys I've handmade for him. I see him treat them with more love than his other toys and he often talks about the fact that I made them. He also prefers any clothing that I have made for him. When something new appears in the house one of his first questions is almost always "Mama made this?" It makes it all so very worth it! I love the fact that your farm is a collaborative project, and the end result is just plain stunning! I had to pin your post to my Handmade Toys board.

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  23. Amazing. A child's dream! Thanks for sharing this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/bunnys-bento-box-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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  24. It came out so beautiful!! Hazel just looked at it and said is that on my wish list? I want one. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  25. This is beautiful! What a wonderful idea. I'm pinning this in case I work up the motivation to knit again.

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  26. I love everything about this. And especially the little row of veggies. What a treasure!

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  27. How amazing! Whenever I see something like this, I so wish I could knit. I've tried, but my fingers just don't seem to want to do it.

    Thank you for visiting Waldorf Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!
    http://ourseasonsofjoy.com/waldorf-wednesday-link-up/waldorf-wednesday-25/

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  28. This is beautiful Kelly, your littlies must be loving it. And thank you very much for sharing the fences and our shop, they look lovely with your gorgeous animals!

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  29. I love it. Great idea. A bridge over the river might have been cool to add, too.

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