Well, there he is. Toad is done, which means he is now reunited with his friend Frog. The bathing suit went really, really fast. Possibly due to Netflix’s Shadow & Bone miniseries.
I have read the first two books of the Grishaverse trilogy as well as the Six of Crows duology (which I gave 5 stars), I haven’t ventured into the Nikolai/Sturmhond king of scars yet (there’s only so much complicated angst I could handle this pandemic year).
They did a great job with the show: the sets, the costumes, the casting (yay biracial Alina!) and I even approve of the decision to weave in somewhat sketchy “prequel” (not book cannon) Crow gang story into the show despite the fact that it kind of shortchanged Kaz & the Gang.
Anyway, the 8 episodes sure made for engrossing TV to watch whilst I was knitting Toad’s bathing suit. It was much more straightforward than I thought it would be, starting with the waist, dividing for the legs, and then picking up stitches to knit the little bib at the top. The pattern calls for knitting/finishing the armholes and neckholes with a bind off stitch…I opted just to do the neckhole. And I’m kind of glad I didn’t do the armholes because I might have overstuffed Toad’s belly and it was a little tricky getting the bathing suit on! Finishing it with a bind off would have tightened those armholes even more.
Anyway, I have quite a lot of yarn left over (and 8 out of 12 needles!) at the end here. Definitely enough for at least another set……but don’t get too excited. I have three other projects lined up I have to get to first: a pair of spider fingerless mitts, a gargoyle, and a dragon scale pattern scarf. Not to mention all the sock yarn I got for Christmas just waiting for me.
It took me a total of two months (one month and a week for Frog and teaching myself knitting with dpns, and then about three weeks for Toad) to knit the two friends.
When I first started, you could buy Frog and Toad for $40 each off of Etsy…..I don’t see them there anymore, although I do see a crocheted version that seems like a simplified version of the Frog & Cast pattern. The yarn my friend bought cost a lot...I see cheaper versions (but maybe it was so expensive because of the amount of yarn). I definitely think you could buy your own colors not in a kit and make a fine pair of friends.
All in all, the experience of knitting Frog & Toad was really cool. I learned new skills and gained confidence as a knitter, and added amigurumi to my repertoire of mainly accessories.
Well, off to start casting on stitches for the spider mitts 🙂