A toy that is played with for over 48 months is a rare thing indeed. Try finding something like that in a store ! I knit this for my kids years ago & although it felt like it took an eternity (well, it very nearly did…) I enjoyed making every bit of it.
It was a big project – here are some stats…
NUMBER of COLOURS – 15 main & 5 or more for accents (see the veggie garden)
NUMBER of BALLS of YARN – 23 (or more – I lost count) – there were leftovers, which I still use when I need a bit of this or that. You can never have too many balls of solid, plain wool yarn.
FIBRE CONTENT – 100 % WOOL
NUMBER of SQUARES – 12
Fields – oat, corn, lavendar, wheat, hay, plowed
Barnyard, Sheep Pasture, Horse Pasture, Veggie Garden, Pond & Meadow
PLUS a knit “stone” bridge, cobblestone walkways, dirt road & river
NUMBER of DIFFERENT STITCHES – stocking, reverse stocking, looped, ribbing,
intarsia (plus some embroidery in the garden & around the pond)
FRIEND I KNIT IT WITH – Amanda – We decided to knit it together so that we could buy the yarn all at once & split it – that was a good idea (see number of balls above !) It was great to have someone to work along with, especially when your enthusiasm flags a bit on the plain fields (yawn).
LONGEVITY – My kids had it out yesterday, still playing with it – 4 YEARS later !!! It has been used as a farm, a forest (with added trees), a construction site & many other incarnations along the way (note the snakes in the plowed field above – luckily, the snake farm phase was short-lived). They have even held a gnome-sized treasure hunt. It is often the centre piece of my storytelling during circle time. It inspires many storylines for us all.
COST – I have no idea. The yarn cost around $75 (which was a substantial investment but I was willing to make it in the hopes that this would become a staple of our homeschooling days – see above). I would suggest that you NOT keep track of your hours on this one !
TIME – I learned that a project like this, which initially looked like a quick knit to me, could take a long, long time. It didn’t help, that I started wanting to add a bit of this & that over the months! Even putting the squares together took ages. Those roads & paths ways & the river represent a lot of knitting that is easy to overlook in the first flush of excitement.
– It helped to make lists of yarns needed, squares knit & an overall layout plan (see mine here – I made a nice neat one for you – my original one was little more than a scribble). I arranged & re-arranged the squares in order to vary the textures & colours on the farm. My son (then 5) had to be consulted as he had VERY specific opinions on where everything should go. Choosing the path & road colours took a bit of thought too – they had to contrast enough with their adjoining squares so that they were visible enough.
Would I make another ? – Surprise – I already have !
Check it out HERE ~
Go knit a little meadow – it might make you feel like spring will really come this year after all !
Make Stuff ♥ Be Happy !