This is a sad tale of bat fail.
Late last year I was asked to contribute a pattern for a toy bat to Vampire Knits. Ever game for a challenge--and intrigued by this vampire-themed project--I set about the task of knitting and designing a cute, ready-for-his-close-up bat. After some back-and-forth with Genevieve, the author, and her editor at Random House, we settled on the above iteration. Batty flew off to New York for his photo shoot and that was that.
Then the news came: There were too many projects for the alloted pages and Batty got cut.
Oh, Bloody H-E-Double-Toothpicks.
But, having spent a career in publishing, I'm well aware that guano happens. And the final Vampire Knits, just released this week, is darling--packed with lots of clever, sexy, toothsome projects. If you have a knitting Twilight fan on your Halloween list, or someone with a gothish bent, this is a wickedly fun gift.
Back to Batty. So rather than let the poor thing become a tortured cat toy, I thought why not put him to good use? Enlisting the graphic design wizardry of Jeff Phillip-Strain of Sage Creative, we've developed a PDF pattern to sell on Ravelry--all proceeds to benefit Bat Conservation International, an organization that conserves bats and their habitat.
So fill him with stuffing, catnip or a light rubber ball and there you go. Just in time for All Hallow's Eve!