An elephant and a sheep

In recent months, I needed gifts for new babies, so I crocheted a couple of toys.

The first was for my Kiwi neighbours. Crocheting a kiwi crossed my mind, but I chose to make a sheep instead because I already had a pattern for a sheep. It is the ‘Simon the Sheep’ pattern by Kerry Lord, from her book Edward’s Menagerie, but his new family have called him Harry, not Simon. I made him with one skein of Dos Tierras from Malabrigo.

I added to the gift by buying a large square of double gauze fabric and hemming it to make a simple swaddle.

Crocheted sheep using pattern from Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord

I am ready for my close-up.

The second toy I made was an elephant, also from Edward’s Menagerie. I have crocheted four toys from this book now. I used some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran that was left in my stash after making a hippo a couple of years ago. The only difficult part was deciding which way was up on the head.

Crocheted elephant using pattern from Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord

Purple seemed like a sensible colour for elephants.

I have been pondering why I really wanted the sheep to be a natural sheep colour but a purplish pink elephant (and hippo) seemed okay.

I have been neglecting my blog, I know, but I cannot get enthusiastic about sitting in front of a computer outside of work. There is too much sewing, knitting and crocheting to do!


8 thoughts on “An elephant and a sheep

  1. I think a sheep in any colour but black or white isn’t really recognisable as a sheep, but the notion of colourful elephants is fairly accepted; they paint them beautifully in India, don’t they, for festivals? Is the elephant actually purple, or is it magenta – in which case it’s a *pink elephant*!

  2. They are adorable! So well done!! I love the colors!! So perfectly – perfect in every way! Such a joy to see your work!

  3. Both are so adorable. Perfect for gift giving. Your so talented and I feel the same way about so much to stitch and the weather getting nicer for being outside. These tow treasures will be so loved and cuddled 🙂

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