The Progress of a Pea

Have you seen this book? It’s a darling book about a little pea who is forced to eat candy for dinner. If he eats all his dinner he can have spinach for dessert. A while ago I saw the book on Blair‘s site and the matching pea made of green velvet. A.DOR.A.BLE. We’re giving Katrina a book with a toy — which I also first saw at Blair’s blog — so we thought we’d do something similar for Tristan. I guess I’m just a big Blair copycat.

Knit Pea - Before Felting

Our pea was knitted in Lamb’s Pride Bulky using a ball pattern from the book Knitting for Baby by Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas. I knit the ball all in one piece using short rows for shaping. Then I closed it up leaving a hole for stuffing and felt it — mine went through the wash twice. After it was felted I stuffed it — I embroidered the pea’s freckles first. Then I closed up the hole and sent it through the wash again to felt the yarn I used to sew it shut. After it was nice and dry I used felt scraps to create the eyes and mouth and then attached them to the pea with embroidery floss. Voila! A little pea for our little pea.

Little Pea



10 Responses to “The Progress of a Pea”

  1. 1 sUsAn December 24, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    (How perfect that I am partaking in a cup of split pea soup while reading this blog entry!)

    I love that book! We checked it out of our library after Blair’s mention. Your little pea is quite adorable! What a special present for a little urchin! Merry Christmas!

  2. 2 melissa f. December 24, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    this was sam’s favourite favoutite book– he got it four his first bday and we couldn’t get over how much he loved it. the pea is very sweet– i like your version a lot.

  3. 3 Belinda December 24, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    I LOVE your little pea, just adorable. I’ve seen this book mentioned many times. I will have to track it down.

  4. 4 mplsminx December 26, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Oh, call me crazy, but I didn’t know that felting changed the color that much! Either way, it’s perfect and truly adorable.

  5. 5 myra January 4, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Fantastic! And felting him made him even more adorable.

  6. 6 Leslie January 5, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Totally, completely adorable!

  7. 7 joanna January 6, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    so so cute! love it!

  8. 8 Blair January 8, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    In Love with this version! Bravo!

  9. 9 Rachel January 9, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    That is such a sweet toy! I must go find that book now!

  10. 10 kathy January 11, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats on your Whiplash Win! Well deserved. I love this idea.

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