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.
My husband has never before asked me to make him anything, but he asked for a hat. I had squirreled away enough navy Debbie Bliss Donegal luxury aran tweed yarn before it was discontinued at my shop, so I made the hat with that.
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.