Down the Toilet?

I recently started working on a toilet design, because Tubby the bathtub needs a friend! I hadn’t given it much thought before, but it turns out that toilets are much more complex than bathtubs, what with the bowl and the tank and everything in between.

To figure out the design, I started by sketching what I think a toilet looks like. Then, I did a Google image search to see what actual toilets look like. (Yes, I was too lazy to walk across my apartment to the bathroom and look at my own toilet.) Then it was back to the notebook for more sketching. Maybe because I’m not so skilled with a pencil, my technique is slapdash: basically, doodle toilets over and over again until I begin to like what I see.

toiletsketch

Here you see I’ve finished knitting a bowl, and I’m trying to decide how to do the rest of it. I’m happy to say that I finished up my toilet over the weekend, but—oh no!—not before seeing Katie Boyette’s blog post about the knitted toilet in her upcoming book, More Knitwits!

toilet_katieboyette

Katie’s design is pretty genius (especially because it seems to solve the balance problem perfectly), but I’d rather not have my project go down the toilet just because she had the idea too. Surely there is room in the knitting world for more than one toilet, right? Plus, Katie’s super cool and she seems OK with my going ahead with it.

I still have some little bits to finish up with my design, then it will take a while to create the pattern. (It’s not as complex as Grouchy Couch, but it comes close…) If all goes well, Flushie the Toilet will be out and about in a few months!

9 thoughts on “Down the Toilet?

  1. Remember the first time we went to Brooklyn General and we saw that row of toilets out on the sidewalk? Can’t wait to see Flushie!

  2. You should make a whole bathroom collection. You have tubby, a toilet and all you need is a sink! =D

  3. It is merely proof that great knitting minds think alike! I can’t wait to see your knitted toilet design. I’m sure it will be awesome. I still think we should collaborate on something. Between the two of us, it would be fun to knit a whole house…

  4. i can’t wait to knit the whole bathroom great idea.

    i know just who to knit one for.

    thanks :o)

  5. Katie’s design is my childhood nightmare. Liked the idea of the dog’s drinking out of the toilet bowl.

  6. Interesting process! Along the lines of household items, I wonder if you have considered making a knitted hammer and nail?

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