Having honed my crochet skills on blankets – an ongoing process by the way – I’ve never tried amigurumi. Difficult enough to say the word, I’d always intended to give this sort of crochet a go and even bought a couple of pattern books but, when the Dog one came out it was a ‘had to have’.
Not that I need more dogs in my life but I thought, if they were quick and easy enough, they might be a good thing to sell in aid of Twilight, the home for old and disabled dogs I support.
It will be a while before I get to the long haired varieties like this.
So I thought I’d start with a beginner pattern – a little labrador
Searching through my yarn stash, it became clear that I had no ‘neutral colours’ i.e. black, grey, white, cream in the required thickness. However, I did have some oatmeal coloured yarn in ‘Chunky’ which meant, if I wanted to make a start straight away, I’d have to do the large sized dog – there are three sizes to choose from for each dog – it’s just the size of the crochet hook and the thickness of the yarn that changes. So that’s what I’m doing – not a little labrador but a large labrador.
Any resemblance to a big butternut squash is purely coincidental.
For scale see the vintage wig stand behind which is, more or less, about the size of an actual human head.
I wouldn’t mind but the dog’s head is a slightly smaller butternut squash which I will attempt to balance atop the body once I’ve got the legs on for stability. I’ll let you know how that goes
The Twilight Easter Fair fundraiser is next Saturday where we are raising money to make life more comfortable for the for old and disabled dogs who have been abandoned or who have been separated from their owners for one reason or another. I don’t think I’ll be churning these out quickly enough to be able to put them up for sale by then – certainly not at this size – but I’ll have to buy in some neutral colours in double knitting yarn in order to make some smaller ones which – looking into the future – might be ready for the Christmas Fair and, by that time, I might have progressed to the shaggier versions.
Meanwhile, I have another nine Twilight tea towels to turn into aprons before next Saturday so I’d better leave ears, legs and tail until after then.
The weather here continues to be complete pants and the real dogs are bored.
Flo couldn’t even be bothered to choose which woolly doggy she wants me to crochet for her to play with.
#1 by craftycreeky on March 25, 2018 - 10:11
I’ve bought one of the books too but never quite got round to it, I might be tempted by the dogs though, they look so sweet 🙂
#2 by tialys on March 25, 2018 - 21:14
I’ve got the monster one but have never made anything from it yet – the dog one immediately made me think of possible fund raising and, yes, they are so cute aren’t they?
#3 by Jo on March 25, 2018 - 12:05
Awww, poor Flo, Archie gets fed up when he can’t go out too. I didn’t know that Edward’s Menagerie had brought out a dogs book, I’ve got the original book but still haven’t attempted anything in it, I’ve never done any amigurumi before and I feel a bit daunted by it if I’m honest, my crochet skills aren’t the greatest. Good luck with your fundraising, Twilight is such a worthy cause, I hope you manage to raise a great amount.
#4 by tialys on March 25, 2018 - 21:12
I saw it as a pre-order and it just had to be done.
#5 by KerryCan on March 25, 2018 - 13:04
I, for one, like the aprons! What a great charity to be supporting–I’ll look forward to hearing how the fundraiser goes as well as to seeing progress on the squash, I mean, dog!
#6 by tialys on March 25, 2018 - 21:19
Well, I’m all set for Saturday now – ten tea-towels converted into aprons and a few extra collars made for sale. It’s a good cause and a great social event where we all buy lots of cake from the Team Leader’s cake stall and have a rummage through the second hand books. I am actually donating two large boxes of books this time (I’m having a clear out) so must stay away from the bookstall otherwise I’ll probably end up buying back books I’ve donated. I’ll let you know how we get on.
#7 by katechiconi on March 25, 2018 - 13:29
Oh no, punning titles appear to be catching… I like your lab yarn, and it should be an impressive and almost life-size puppy!
#8 by tialys on March 25, 2018 - 21:10
Sometimes a pun just presents itself doesn’t it? At the moment, the head is being held on to the body by way of a knitting needle stuck through the two parts and I’m having difficulty imagining it all coming together as a finished ‘beastie’ but hopefully it will. Watch this space.
#9 by claire93 on March 25, 2018 - 13:51
lol yep the chunkier the yarn, the bigger the hook and the more stuffing you’ll need too ^^
I tend to disregard yarn instructions and just use 4ply or DK for most of mine.
Clever idea to be turning tea towels into aprons!
#10 by tialys on March 25, 2018 - 21:07
Apparently, she likes her amigurumi to be ‘lightly’ stuffed and I’m taking her at her word.
#11 by nanacathy2 on March 25, 2018 - 13:52
I just love those tea towels/ aprons. Is there anywhere I could buy one please? As for angi whatsits, I don’t like the charty things I have seen they look very scary. Does this book have written instructions too. Love the bored dog picture and the butternut squash labrador which I am certain will be adorable.
#12 by tialys on March 25, 2018 - 21:07
I don’t like ‘charty things’ either and, yes, the book has both.
I’ve just finished converting the t-towels into aprons – which would you prefer – I’ll save you one and send it to you if you really want one. I can’t remember how much they are but they won’t be expensive.
#13 by PendleStitches on March 25, 2018 - 17:29
I’ve just finished Spencer the Pug from Toft. He was a joy and my first attempt at crochet, so I think you’ll love them and be churning them out in no time!
#14 by tialys on March 25, 2018 - 21:03
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Photos please!! You little devil! Spencer the Pug’s not even in the ‘beginner’s’ section.
#15 by jendavismiller on March 26, 2018 - 04:01
Oh good heavens, could they be any cuter? I think not! I hope Flo gets her order in soon before they all roll out the door. My daughter has two labradors, I suspect they would make short work of these woolly buddies. Oh, and the aprons are pretty nice, too!
#16 by tialys on March 26, 2018 - 11:02
Dogs are funny aren’t they. I had a German Shepherd who would chew up most things but she had a rubber chicken that she treasured and never damaged, bless her.
#17 by Born To Organize on March 26, 2018 - 04:40
What a adorable little yarn dogs you’ll have in your future. I fall in love with so many ideas, then despair that I’ll ever have time to do any of them. I’m impressed with your amazing output of sewing, crochet, and other creative projects like your Etsy shop. Flo is a sweetie! Look at those soft ears. I hope the sun shines again soon. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of animals in need.
#18 by tialys on March 26, 2018 - 10:59
Well, my ideas and plans far outweigh the time I have to carry them all out so we’ll see how many of these little pups see the light of day. Flo would demolish one of these in seconds so I’d best keep them out of her way 😉
#19 by Born To Organize on March 27, 2018 - 21:50
Oh my, yes. They look like a dog’s (or cat’s) dream. Tessa has one cat toy that she treats like prey, and it’s positively crusted over. It’s like a baby’s favorite toy: I whisk it away for a good washing, hoping it doesn’t fall apart. 😉
#20 by poshbirdy on March 26, 2018 - 11:05
Oh, those patterns are inspired. And I love the tea towel aprons
#21 by tialys on March 26, 2018 - 12:59
It’s quite a good idea isn’t it – although I can’t claim it as my own – I often see really nice tea-towels which are too nice to be used as tea-towels, if you know what I mean. Trouble is, I never remember to put an apron on until it’s too late.
#22 by sewchet on March 26, 2018 - 12:32
Oh, I might just have to get this book, too, it’ll be much quicker to make these than the knitted ones I’ve been making. Yep, butternut squash came to mind before you mentioned it! Poor Flo – a bored dog is a sad sight indeed, so I hope the weather picks up for you soon.
#23 by sewchet on March 26, 2018 - 12:43
…..oops, it just fell into my basket:)
#24 by tialys on March 26, 2018 - 12:58
I can’t claim mine was an accident – I pre-ordered it 😮
#25 by Kim on March 26, 2018 - 20:06
I’ve been very tempted by amigurumi but not succumbed yet. Dogs are likely to tip the balance – I know my Battersea working daughter would love them. Sadly, so would the dogs in her office 😉.
#26 by tialys on March 27, 2018 - 08:57
Bad enough when they want to sleep on the blankets people have knitted or crocheted, let alone having to watch them tear your amigurumi limb from limb.
#27 by magpiesue on March 27, 2018 - 00:27
Let me know when you’re ready to tackle the Schnauzer, that’s the one I want! And could you please explain the expression, “the weather continues to be complete pants?” Never heard that before!
#28 by tialys on March 27, 2018 - 08:54
It’s a British slang expression Sue – though not a very traditional one as it probably only dates from around the early 1990s. It basically means something is ‘not very good’. I could say, for instance, ‘I am pants at hand quilting’ or ‘she is pants at making small talk’ thus ‘the weather is complete pants’ means it’s bloody awful. As you already know, especially as you read my blog, ‘pants’ mean underwear in the U.K. – specifically men’s underwear – but the correlation between that and being ‘not very good’ I have not cared to think too much about 😉
#29 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 31, 2018 - 12:51
Hmm! I’ve been resisting this book on the grounds that a) I didn’t enjoy crocheting the menagerie rabbit I abandoned half way b) I have absolutely need for crochet dogs – but still it’s calling, especially now you’ve pointed out it will be much quick than knitting.
As for the real dogs, tell them to get on out there, it’s only a bit of weather! 🙂
#30 by tialys on April 1, 2018 - 10:08
I’ve started a smaller one now – I found some flecky brown yarn in DK – as I needed something to do with my sewing/crochet friend last Wednesday and didn’t want to lug two large butternut squash shapes with me. However, the Eastern Jewels blanket is getting near to being completed and I feel that I want to press on with that so I can then concentrate properly on crochet in the round for amigurumi as I’m finding all the counting a bit of a pain and it will only get better with practice I suppose. I’m thinking they will be good sellers at the doggy fundraisers – but, as usual, I won’t be able to ask for much money so I’ll have to get quick at doing them.
#31 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 1, 2018 - 17:43
Wow! You’re going great guns with the blanket 🙂
Oh yes, you never earn the hours you put in even with crochet 😦
#32 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 1, 2018 - 17:44
Just thinking, there’s as much work in a small dog as a big one, just different yarn, but the big one will be perceived as being worth more, so you should stick to chunkier yarn, if you don’t need the project to be potable.
I hate the counting in amigarumi too. Probably why I gave up on the rabbit!
#33 by tialys on April 2, 2018 - 10:11
Very true. The yarn might be more expensive though I suppose – however, I could put out the call amongst the fund raising team for donated chunky yarn which some already do for making blankets for the dogs. I could take all the boring, neutral colours and the blanket knitters can have all the brights.
#34 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 3, 2018 - 00:24
Excellent plan! 🙂
#35 by thecraftersapprentice on April 1, 2018 - 12:16
Hello, you asked me about stained glass work but i don’t have your email address so hope it’s ok to reply here. I didn’t keep up with the craft after i stopped going to the class, but that was because i was very ill – which is why i stopped going. I can see myself copper foiling, if i ever get round to it, but not sure i’d do leaded lights at home. The only equipment i bought was a glass cutter, i used the studio’s equipment so i didn’t spend a fortune. I would definitely recommend it. Even if you don’t keep it up, the class will be a great experience.
#36 by tialys on April 1, 2018 - 12:22
Thank you. I have a friend you does this and she enjoys it but she suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and has started to find the manipulation of the metal very difficult. I am very interested in the class but it is three consecutive days so I’ll have to give it some serious thought – thanks for your reply though, very helpful.