When I first started knitting I used to knit a lot of toys. I couldn't handle the commitment of a larger project, and toys really helped me to learn and understand knitting construction. Even when I first started knitting I had trouble following patterns. I insisted on making things up.
This is Penelope the Apathetic Pin Cushion. I'm sure most of you will recognize it as one of Rebecca Danger's patterns. Penelope was originally made for my now husband then boyfriend. She wears her heart on her sleeve and unlike me has no mouth so she can't talk back. She also has a stylish bow. I guess she's a knit monster version of Hello Kitty. I recently requisitioned Penelope and began using her as a pin cushion. In addition to being inanimate she has no mouth, so she has yet to complain.