So I chose a different pattern. Still a toy pattern, perhaps a little larger than the usual Christmas ornaments, but perfect for what I was looking for.
I chose to knit Ivy, the Christmas Hooligan. Now, Ivy is not an only child. She actually has a sister, Holly, and a brother, Steve. They're mischievous monsters according to Rebecca (Rebecca Danger, that is...more about her in a minute.). I've been wanting to knit one of these happy hooligans for quite some time and this gave me the perfect excuse.
safety eyes." I've seen them used before in toys but never purchased any myself. I've always just embroidered the eyes. But I felt the need to stay true to the pattern this time. I found these in a JoAnn's in the doll section. I'm sure Hobby Lobby or Michaels sells them as well. I've also heard mention of purchasing them on Etsy or look them up on Amazon - the internet can be a wonderful resource for these types of things. I know that at one time Rebecca Danger had them in her store, I'm not sure if she still does. They're a useful notion, although I can see times where I wouldn't want to use them. Using safety eyes requires placing the eyes before you're finished creating your toy. Because you need to push the backing onto the eye, behind/inside the knitted fabric, this cannot be done once the toy is sewn up. Personally, I like to see the toy finished and faceless before I decide on a personality for him or her. And if I have to place the eyes ahead of time, if I mess up on placing arms or legs, my poor toy may be a little cockeyed. But it's always good to add a new tool to your belt, so I tried them and will use them in the future, just not exclusively. (I think Ivy looks pretty smashing with her little belly-button and little black eyes.)
And once I got Ivy outside and strung from the tree, I realized how perfect she would be on a Christmas tree. She looked quite at home in my backyard, although perhaps a little lonely without her friends. Inside, where it's cozy and warm is certainly the best place for her to be!