We are always tickled pink by Jean’s ability to dream up amazing creations when she starts a new knitting project. However, it can be a little puzzling when she begins with one idea and then – eureka! – something else exciting happens. Which is exactly what took place with Donut Delights. Jean’s vision of a large knitted donut with a sweet little character nestling in the middle developed into an entire donut-themed extravaganza. All the designs are very versatile and can be knitted as keepsakes, for special occasions, for charity fundraising, or simply as charming ornaments.
There are Six lovable Dolls which fit snugly into the Donuts. They can be made for a wide variety of celebrations and Jean has provided instructions and suggestions for various greetings captions to personalise the Donuts for particular gifts.
Should you wish to add more commemorative details, these can be written on a cardboard circle glued to the centre of the donut base. For example, the Baby Girl and Boy Dolls are lovely mementoes for new born babies or toddler’s birthdays and similarly, the Chef, Party Girl and Clown can also record details of the event. For ‘Happy Christmas’ there is also a Snowman with his own tiny Christmas stocking containing a parcel.
Next on Jean’s expanding donut related list, a Quartet of adorable Ducklings. Sure to be loved by youngsters and grown-ups alike, what could be more amusing than a Prehistoric Duckling or a Cowboy straight out of the Wild West? For Easter there is a also a Pretty Miss, with a flower-trimmed hat, a tiny purse and ringlets. Not forgetting the Christmas Duckling with cosy scarf and a tasselled cap.
Knowing Jean and her imagination, there was more to come and so up popped the Pop-ups! These little Toy Baubles will be ever so popular with the children. Pushed into the Donuts, only the caps are visible. Pull them out slowly and you first glimpse the eyes then surprise, surprise, the smiley faces are revealed. They can also be made for the Yuletide tree and there are four cap styles.
Then Jean had yet another idea! Why not turn the Donuts into Containers for Children’s Party Treats! Although the Donut hole only measures 5cm [2in] across the diameter, it will comfortably hold 20 small lollypops or 20 candy canes, or 20 short sticks of rock. The glued-on cardboard circle (mentioned above) keeps the contents in place and if required, details of the party can also be recorded.
And for those kind people who knit for charity, the Dolls, Ducklings and Pop-ups by themselves are perfect knits for fund-raising. The average size of the Dolls and Ducklings is 12cm [4¾in] in height and the Pop-ups measure just 5cm [2in]. All measurements are without the caps and only small amounts of yarn and stuffing are required. The Donuts measure 13.5cm [5¼in] across the diameter and require about 30g [about 1oz] of yarn, including the icing.
Birthdays and other celebrations aside, why not knit a wonderful display of these irresistible novelties as decorations for yourself? They are especially eye-catching, absolutely unique and no doubt – showstoppers!
Now returning to the puzzles. We can only say ‘Hooray’ for Jean’s eureka moments and hope you enjoy creating the Donut Delights as much as we enjoyed their arrival off Jean’s magic knitting needles!
|About The Author||
Jean Greenhowe Designs are publishers of knitting pattern booklets for dolls and toys.
The company was formed in 1988 and is owned and run by Jean Greenhowe and her family.
Everything we produce is designed exclusively by Jean. We do not have a design team and we do not publish work by other designers.
Jean began her career in the 1960s designing fashion garments for Vogue Knitting. In 1967 she joined Woman’s Weekly magazine as their craft features writer and designer. Jean remained with the magazine for 24 years, producing hundreds of designs in a wide variety of crafts. In fact, her designs became so popular that a Jean Greenhowe feature guaranteed a sell-out and in the 1980s Woman’s Weekly circulation rose to 1.3 million.
During these 24 years Jean also wrote 19 craft books, including ‘Knitted Toys’ which was one of the best-selling knitting books ever written.
In 1988 she established her own company Jean Greenhowe Designs, which went on to become one of the most successful publishers of knitting patterns in the world.