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.
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.
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!