Remember my ‘butternut squash’ dog that I was making using the ‘Edwards Menagerie Dogs’ Book?
He was looking a bit sad, which isn’t surprising as he hadn’t been sewn together yet and had a knitting needle through his head to hold it on to his body for photo shoot purposes which I don’t think would be anybody’s position of choice. I say he was looking sad but, not having a face, we could only guess at his emotions although I think the body language was clear.
Anyway, the reason I don’t usually make toys of any description – or one of the many reasons – is that I can’t get those features right. I’m not at all skilled with embroidery threads of any sort . However, having ‘rediscovered’ crochet fairly recently, I wanted to try my hand at amigurumi because there are lots of cute ones out there and I haven’t done much crochet in the round so thought it would be a challenge. Impatient to start, I only had this very chunky wool available in a vaguely suitable ‘dog colour’ and that’s why I went for the large size to start instead of the standard. I think that is what scared me most about adding the nose and eyes so I asked my friend Sandra – who has made quite a few toys and is also au fait with the embroidery side of things – to do the nose for me.
She was a bit disappointed with the result but I pretended to be happy and brought him home. She doesn’t read my blog (I hope) so I’m going to unpick it and try it myself. I don’t like the eyes either.
Any tips would be appreciated but, firstly, I think the features should maybe be chocolate coloured instead of black. Secondly, I think the nose might be too big (as well as being a bit on the wonk) and, thirdly the eyes are probably too high up.
What do you think?
Other than that, I think he’s kind of cute – I say ‘he’ but I think this might be a girly dog for some reason – I’m getting a feminine vibe off this particular arrangement of yarn which is not something you hear me say every day.
Leon is unimpressed.
Mac thinks it’s hilarious
and I think we can all tell what Yuki thinks of it.
Sorry about that last bit but, the post is called ‘Animal Faces’ and any excuse to put photos of my lovely cats on the blog, especially when they’ve obliged me with such ‘appropriate’ expressions, is not to be ignored.
Seriously though – if you can offer any advice on getting features looking just right, I’d be very grateful.