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Remember the super sized amigurumi dog I made from the ‘Edward’s Menagerie Dogs’ book?
Well, I’ve made her a baby.
Actually, this is the ‘standard sized’ dog – there is a smaller one which I might attempt one day although I suspect it might be a bit fiddly and, anyway, I quite like this size.
This time I didn’t take any chances with the placement and used things to mark where I wanted to put the eyes and nose. I used a piece of felt to mark where the nose should go and then sewed it on anyway because it looked just right to me.
I gave him some eyebrows because I love dog’s eyebrows – they make me laugh.
I also gave him a rakish grin and a pretend collar and bell so the rabbits will hear him coming.
I know I asked for advice about his Mum’s features because they are nowhere near perfect and I was going to change them but, as Professor Higgins said, ‘I’ve grown accustomed to her face’. She will henceforth be known as Eliza – if anybody should ask.
Anyway, I have two dogs under my belt now – things can only get better – I’m going for the English Bull Terrier next.
As you know, I recently finished the divine Eastern Jewels blanket. I’ve worked out that I probably have enough yarn left in some of the colours to make another one with the purchase of just 5 or 6 more balls. Hooray!
But not yet.
Firstly, I have another project up my sleeve. I was tempted by my favourite wool shop who sent me the object of my desire in their lovely tote bag.
The pattern is by Emma Varnam in Scheepjes River Washed and Stone Washed yarns and came as a kit.
A small photo of my instructions which came with the yarn but you can see the whole beautiful, ripply blanket on Emma’s blog here.
It’s very lovely but what really
tipped me over the edge tempted me were the teeny balls of wool in their own box which, together with three 50g balls of cream coloured Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn included in the kit, will make the blanket.
Be still my heart.
Fifty fabulous little 10g balls of wool. Trouble is, they look so cute in their box, I don’t want to open it. I might have to buy another one and hang it on the wall but that would be the work of a crazy woman. Wouldn’t it?
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.