I am a bit late with these guys but a friend of mine had twin boys a few months back and I am just finishing up their gifts now. Initially, I scoured ravelry looking at patterns for sweaters, hats, blankets but then I realized I love knitting toys but really don't want to keep them so this was the best of all worlds. I feel a kinship to the new baby boys since it turns out I was there when my friend started labor, she was completely unphased and was sure it was Braxton Hicks (um, it wasn't) and we kept chatting away. Her boys arrived bright and early the next morning - on my birthday. Well, our birthday now.
First there is Sheldon the Turtle. I have wanted to knit this up since that issue of Knitty came out. I even used the recommended yard and colors. It's actually a bit fiddly for a toy, there's some crochet in there, applied i-cord but it was all worth it. I love that you can take his shell on and off. There are a whole bunch of examples on ravelry where people have made other outfits for him, lions, cowboy, police, Santa even ick a bat. He's like his very own Village People.
Then there is Elijah. This adorable elephant is done with no seaming at all. Yay, for that! More than once I thought about how her design process must have worked because there are some ingenious parts to it. Since it involved knitting the limbs by picking up stitches I found it easier to use *gasp* DPNs instead of Magic Loop.
The two have become fast friends already and I look forward to hearing of their adventures with my friend's little boys.