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I’ve got something to tell you.
Make it quick Short Stuff I need my sleep.
Well, today is the 15th of June so not only is it Scraphappy Day – hence the basket of felt scraps –
but it’s also The Servant’s birthday.
She’s how old? I don’t believe you.
It’s true, she remembers The Clangers * and she was even a bit too old for them then.
I’ve got her this flower. What have you got her?
Let me think…..
Hmmm. I’ve given her plenty of mice before but she doesn’t seem to like them. She looks cross and calls me disgusting so I think you’re off the hook.
I’ll have to think of something else. Maybe a lizard.
What are you doing done up like a
cat’s dog’s dinner anyway?
She made me this little waistcoat out of scrap felt.
It even has a little vent to accommodate my tail.
I think the embroidery and the gold button from the vintage button jar make me look as if I’m wearing a Mayoral chain of office.
My whiskers are made from real horse hair taken from The Servant’s friend’s horse – does that count as scrap?
I’ve no idea, now shift over and let me get some shut eye, I think The Servant has spun this tale of a very small scrap project out for long enough now.
* For my non-British readers. The Clangers (1969-1974) was a series that chronicled the melancholically funny lives of the Clangers, a flutey-voiced family of woolen, knitted aliens living below the surface of a knobbly little planet far out in space. Their misadventures brought them into contact with such unlikely creatures as the Soup Dragon, the Froglets, the Iron Chicken and the Glow Buzzers. (IMDb)
Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn. Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.
Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.
Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin
Among the many books I bought when I took up the crochet hook was one featuring animal trophy heads. A strange choice I think you’ll agree but one can only have so many blankets around the place and I thought they might be fun.
I started with the smallest animal in the book – a mouse – which may have been a mistake as I’m not used to using 4-ply yarn and a 2mm hook so it was a bit fiddly but it is done.
Mr. T. made me a little wooden shield out of some scrap wood he had lying about.
Now the cats have the first of what might well be several trophies for ‘their room’ aka our conservatory. Maybe it will discourage them from bringing any more real ones in but I doubt it.
I think I’ll do the hare next but I won’t hang that in the cats’ room in case it gives them ideas.
I know they don’t look very dangerous but, trust me, I wouldn’t want to be a mouse (or mole!) in the vicinity (plus there are four others lurking out of shot!)
To think I used to say ‘life’s too short to stuff a mushroom’.
As I used some scrap yarn – albeit Jaegar alpaca no less – and the wood was scrap too, I’m linking up with Kate and Gun’s Scraphappy Day for which we attempt to make something using scraps every month – or just when we have something to show.
Now, enough with the animal crochet – I have a half finished dress draped over two mannequins that won’t finish itself.
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.
‘What do you think of the newest kit in town?’
‘He’s alright I suppose but he’s not getting up here.’
My first crochet project has come to fruition.
After the teal boots…….
the teal shoes.
I just couldn’t not buy them.