If I could follow a knitting pattern, (or if I knew how to crochet) I would want to make one of these delightful creatures. If YOU can knit (and I'm thinking especially about my very talented designer friend Margaret!) I think you should pick up one of these patterns by Etsy seller Amy Gaines. She's also got kits to make her designs that include the yarn.
P.S. I have a date with the handyman! I'm giddy!