I made my first--some little bears back in May 2010--and then made oh-so-many variations on that pattern, that I decided to start to branch out and make some other cutesy little things :). I found an awesome animal pattern database and have gone crazy!
Here are some favorites:
monkeys for the twins
a bunny for a friend's new baby
cherries for my bestest's little one's toy kitchen:
A hippo just because he's friendly:
and because they are also friendly...
a cute little bluebird, another hippo, and a mouse on which i messed up the head:
And, most special of all...
This little ducky friend
who oh-so-magically reverses...
and becomes a twirly-eared bunny!
I've also made a can of spam with slices and a wedge of cheese but forgot to take pictures of both of them :(.
These have been such fun projects to do--I used to always make baby blankets but I've noticed that most of my friends w/kids end up with tons of blankets, plus these toys knit up a lot faster, are very original and safe, and they help me use up my massive stockpile of yarn!
If you are a knitter or a crocheter you should definitely look for free pattern databases online--there are so many creative and easy things that you can make!