Original Hand Knit Toys

Salome, Arizona
3,288 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Ilana Marks

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About DrFrankKnits

Sales 3,288
On Etsy since 2014

From test tubes to pastries to knitted sculpture - out of many, one (many interests, one shop, that is!)

My grandmother taught me some knitting basics when I was 12 years old, but I didn't really start knitting seriously until high school. At the time, I was making your average hats, scarves, blankets and the like. In more recent years, I had started amassing doll knitting pattern books - it was like discovering a whole new world! It renewed my fervor for needlework.

I got my degree in Biology, but then went back to culinary school and began working as a baker. On holidays, I would bring in small knitted and crocheted gifts for my dear coworkers. Over the years, they always told me I should start selling the toys - but I knew I had to start designing my own things first.

So, I started doing some custom orders for friends, and discovered that I have a flair for what I like to term "knitted sculpture." My attention to detail allows me to create replicas of things you'd never dream could be rendered in yarn!

I specialize in creating items for boys, tomboys, and other quirky souls that are often ignored in the world of stuffed toys. I'm particularly fond of vehicles and other mechanical things - I see the beauty in their engineering and take pride in creating models to delight people of all ages. I've learned a lot while knitting my models, and I hope that you, too, will seize the educational opportunities presented by these toys. It's not just a knitted plane you're buying - it's a chance to learn about and appreciate the history of flight. That's not just a stuffed fire engine - it's a way to encourage dreams! My most important goal is that my creations make you smile, because I think everyone - kids and adults, alike - could always use a little extra happiness!

Incidentally, my shop's name, DrFrankKnits, comes from a nickname that a friend gave me - Dr. Frank. I would always bring the Mystery Science Theater 3000 soundtracks into work, and she got a little confused about the characters of Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank. So, she mashed them up, and somehow that became my nickname. I also felt it was an appropriate name for my shop because it brings to mind Dr. Frankenstein - and the way I bring my toys to life starting from nothing is reminiscent of his creation of the Frankenstein monster!

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  • Ilana Marks


    I'm a pretty quirky gal, with very diverse tastes. I love to work with my hands - and knitting has long been one of my favorite pastimes. I try to filter my varied knowledge and interests into my work - with an underlying emphasis on wit and charm!

Shop policies

Last updated on November 15, 2019
Hi! My name is Ilana. Welcome to my shop, DrFrankKnits, your source for unique knitted soft toys and collectibles! All my items are hand-knitted by me, and are all my original designs. I make every toy with intense attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship. Each toy may have very slight differences from the pictures presented - a product of being handmade by a real, live human being. However, I consider that a benefit, rather than a detriment. I do my best to accurately describe all items - it is important to me that you know what you are buying. I take immense pride in my designs and stand behind them 100%. Everything I sell here is something that I would be proud to gift to my own relatives and friends!

All of my creations truly start from the ground up - from a few balls of yarn and a plan! The design process involves hours and hours of research, sketching, measuring, knitting and re-knitting until the toys meet my own extremely high standards for accuracy and quality. Each toy is made 100% by hand - by me. I formulate complex designs, shapes and details to create a unique and realistic product while retaining artistic charm. The toys in my shop are items I have poured my heart and soul into and they are sure to bring joy and smiles to your family!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I want you to be 100% happy with your items, and I endeavor to accurately describe and photograph everything I sell. If you are ever unhappy with your purchase, please contact me ASAP so we can discuss how I can make it right.
I accept payment through Etsy Payments by credit card, debit card, Etsy gift card, PayPal etc. Please review Etsy's payment information for all forms of payments accepted through their system.
I ship via USPS First Class Mail, within the US and internationally. Check the individual item pages for how long it takes me to prepare an item for shipping. Items will always ship within that time frame. If you need expedited shipping on anything, please contact me before placing an order and I'll be happy to discuss options with you. Shipping times vary, however typically orders within the US will arrive within 4-6 days of shipment. International orders may take several weeks. Plan accordingly. I provide tracking numbers on all US shipments - international shipments can be tracked with their customs form numbers, which will be provided. International customers are responsible for all duties and taxes that may be imposed on the items. (Try using an import duty calculator such as this one to estimate what duties may be applicable before purchasing: https://www.simplyduty.com/import-calculator/ . Check with your local customs officials for the most accurate duty rates for the items you are interested in ordering.)

I can only guarantee the "ship by" date, not delivery dates. Postal delays happen, so items needed by a specific date should be ordered well in advance.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders will vary in the amount of additional time needed for completion - a simple color change or personalization to one of the designs already in my shop is a fairly quick process. If you're requesting a specially-designed item or something drastically different from what's already available, it will likely take longer. I will give you my best estimate of completion date when you contact me.

Everything is made in a smoke-free and pet-free environment.

My toys are generally made from acrylic yarn and polyester stuffing. This makes items sturdy, durable and generally washable. I prefer to hand-wash toys, but most may be machine-washed on a gentle cycle in a pillowcase or garment bag. If you would like a toy made from a different fiber, please request a custom order and I'll happily discuss that with you.

All my toys are entirely knitted, with the occasional felt accent on pieces with custom embroidery. No metal/wood/other hard support pieces are used. Not using support pieces, however, means that some pieces of the toys will move around - wings will bend, wheels may shift slightly, etc. No worries, though. Cuddle them all you like! Soft toys can easily be molded back into shape before displaying.

Feel free to ask questions anytime! I try to be very thorough in my pictures and descriptions. However, if there's ever something else you need to know, don't hesitate to ask! Also, since all the product photography in my shop is my own, I'll be happy to snap more pictures if that would help you in your purchasing decisions. Once again, just ask!

More information

Last updated on Nov 16, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Can I get this in a different color?

Yes! All items can be made in whatever color scheme you'd like! You may leave your request in the "notes to seller" box at checkout (please be specific about color shade and location - e.g. light blue windows, olive green body, etc) or feel free to contact me if you'd like to have a more in-depth discussion of your specific needs. Please note that exact color matching is generally not possible due to differences in computer monitor settings and limitations in the colors of yarn available.

What is the hanging loop?

My standard hanging loop is made from thin cream-colored crochet thread and gives a hang-length of about 3 inches. It is attached to the top of the item, at the balance point for easy hanging display. If you'd like a hanging loop of different length, color or material, you may either let me know in the notes at checkout or contact me for a more in-depth discussion of your needs.

Gift Packaging and Notes?

Yes, I'm happy to add a note if you're sending an item as a gift! My standard gift tag is a small cardstock rectangle with your personalized message printed on it. All you have to do is let me know in the "notes to seller" section at the time of purchase what your message is and I will include one. Feel free to contact me before your order if you'd like to discuss further gift wrapping options. Whether specifically marked as a gift or not, all items are packaged standard in clear Cello bags for easy gift-giving.