While visiting our grandson, Lachlan, in Victoria, I popped into the local craft shop, Periwinkle Patchwork, for a sticky-beak, as you do. With babies on the brain, I picked up a copy of Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord and now have fantasies of crocheting enough animals to stock a zoo (or ark).
I started with the first pattern in the book: ‘Emma the Bunny’.
The book says about 60 to 100 grams of yarn are needed for a toy this size, but I made everything except the tail and facial features from one 50-gram ball of Rowan felted tweed. (The colour is ‘maritime’.)
I have already started on a second toy, a hippo, using heavier yarn. The first was in 8 ply (DK), and the second will be in 10 ply (aran), so it should turn out larger.
Next time, I hope to be a little improved when it comes to sewing faces and remembering to leave markers in to show where the animal’s cute rounded tummy is. Otherwise, I think I totally nailed it!
Lachie already has his bunny in his possession, and I am sure he is giving its ears a good suck.
Something I have had a lot of practice at is knitting the ‘Mason’s Hat’ pattern. This is my third version of it.
Now, my husband and his son-in-law have matching hats in grey and navy. They went camping this weekend in wintry Victoria, so I am sure they came in handy.