Following the phenomenal success with my knitted jelly babies for the Tiddlers, I thought I would have a go at some of the other toys in Jean Greenhowe's collection. The obvious choice for Beth was a pink ballet dancer and I thought Ben would like Superman. Well, the ballet dance was a definate hit, but although I made Superman with blue hair, as requested, Ben's first comment was "Is there a jelly baby for me?".
So back to the drawing board and I thought for a change I would make Gingerbread men - jelly babies with a difference.
First I had to find the right colour wool. Not as easy as I thought. My first choice turned out to be more dough boy than gingerbread, according to my daughter. So with the help of our very obliging local wool shop - "Is your gingerbread usually brown or more burnt?" - We found exactly the right colour and I cracked on. After making brown jelly babies, I 'piped' round them in white using double crochet and added little buttons for sweeties, down the front.
With a certain amount of trepidation, I handed them to the Tiddlers together with my family of little 'egg cups' (so cute) for Easter and ......tada!
Success! They have joined the ranks of the much loved - sorry Superman!