Designing knitted toys is a process. I may have an idea in my head of how to create something, but often the execution isn’t so simple. Being a perfectionist doesn’t help sometimes! Usually, at some point in my work, I have to go back and knit a section over again because I feel the shaping isn’t right or that there’s a better way of doing things. Case-in-point, in my large space shuttle toy, I redid the wing shaping three times before I was satisfied!
However, when I am finally satisfied, there’s nothing quite like that feeling of having something materialize as you envisioned it – a toy that starts from nothing and becomes something with infinite possibility for the creative mind.
Today I’m working on more spaceships – of the video game kind. This is the fighter ship from the Galaxian/Galaga video games:
As usual, it’s a little larger than I initially set out to make it, but as I said, knitting pattern design rarely goes off without a hitch. That being said, I think I do like it at this 4 inch size, and I will probably work on designing a larger model for more active play. Also, I think I’ll look into making the alien ships from the game as well! I think I could also modify this design somewhat and try to make the ship from the Buck Rogers “Planet of Zoom” video game that I played a lot as a child. I think even people who aren’t necessarily familiar with the particular games themselves will enjoy such models because they’re fantastic examples of creative sci-fi design. Somehow these types of fictional spacecraft manage to look both retro and futuristic at the same time!
Stay tuned for more of my adventures in knitted toy design! Don’t forget about the special blog readers’ discount in my shop through the end of the month. Use coupon code DFKBLOG1 at checkout for 20% off your order! The NASA space shuttle pictured above is just one item you could get for yourself (or as a special gift) using this discount!
Have a great day!