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 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 lucky they are!

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



  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

  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

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

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

  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
    Enjoy it.
    Lovely regards from Bavaria (Germany)


  6. WOW!
    It looks beautiful! :)

  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.

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

  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!

  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.

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

  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

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

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

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

  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

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

  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....!!

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

  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!

  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!


  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.

  23. Amazing. A child's dream! Thanks for sharing this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you again today!

  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!

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

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

  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!

  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!

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


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