There is really nothing more to be said about this pattern that I already haven't said here and here. After I knit Otto, Rue asked me to convince her that toys were actually fun to knit (as opposed to annoyingly fiddly) as she was deciding on a baby vest or a toy for a future project. They are fiddly...there is no denying that. But I think they get less fiddly the more I knit them. Either I know what to expect so am more prepared for it or my continued fascination with the pattern overrides any (or most) irritation I feel at double pointed needles going everywhere! Or maybe a little bit of both. I also think that because so many people shy away from knitting toys, they are a unique gift that will last for years. (by the way, it sounds like I convinced her to knit a toy!).
One final comment on Otto versus Elijah (it's embarrassing how much I love this photo of my two knitted toys together!). Julian is only a hair over 4 months old right now. I know nothing about babies, but he seems to be just starting that phase where he is showing awareness of things put in front of him. And he is grabbing onto items that he can get his fingers around. For that reason, I think Elijah works better for him because the size I knit has appendages small enough that he can grasp them. Otto is too big and will likely stay on the sidelines until Julian gets a bit older (and his hands grow).
Deets on my Ravelry projects page as usual.
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Now playing: Unsophisticated Heart by Joe Pug
(another amazing one from Mel)