Tuesday, April 12, 2011


For those of you whose heads exploded after last week's extra-brainy Math post, here's some cute stuff from the folks in Astounding Knits!: 101 Spectacular Knitted Creations and Daring Feats to help you recuperate.

Toy designer Anna Hrachovec's "Luvgun" (pictured below) "shoots" three knitted hearts. Since contributing to the book, Anna's moved on to more and more cuteness: a solo show in Berlin (pictured below, below) and two books: Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi, available right this very second, and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More Than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear, and Give, which will be available in August.

Photos courtesy of Anna Hrachovec and mochimochiland.com.
Emily Stoneking's frog, rat and fetal pig "dissections" are perfects gifts for cute-loving biologists. One of them was purchased for the permanent collection of the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Photo courtesy of Emily Stoneking.

Every Teddy bear deserves some love. Even if it's made of lead and therefore, completely toxic. Dave Cole's sweet-but-deadly little stuffed animal (yup, stuffed with lead, too) perhaps takes a back seat in the danger department to its cousin, the 14-foot fiberglass bear Cole had to wear a full-body Hazmat suit to knit, since he used his arms as needles.

Photo courtesy of theknittingmachine.com.


  1. Wow! I have a MochiMochi book and its fabulous, knitted dissected frogs and mice, cool! but a lead teddy....i'd be too scared to touch the stuff!

  2. A rare case of knitting you're not meant to touch.

    Dave actually had to design special needles (made of steel) to knit the bear, and wear wrist braces for support.