Sunday, June 07, 2009

Shaggy the Sheep

So here's the big fella I was showing you in bits and pieces as a work in progress.

I've named him Shaggy the Sheep. He was crocheted from Paola Navarro's Elton, The Sheep - Amigurumi Pattern .

I purchased large 400g balls of Bernat Worsted acrylic in the two main colours, but used only about 295 gm of the white and 155 gm of the "Heather".

Shaggy turned out a few inches larger than the pattern states but the pattern doesn't suggest a yarn size, yardage, or gauge so I had to take a guess.


He's 13" sitting...


or 20" when lounging around.

It took me longer than I expected to finish him. Not because the work was all that complicated or anything, but because I could only work on him for short periods of time before my hands ached. Crocheting thick yarn with a smaller than usual hook can be painful after a while!

Shaggy was created to meet a challenge my local spinners and weavers guild made this year. We are to show up at the closing pot luck dinner with something we've made in a "sheep" theme. No other guidelines, it just has to involve sheep. After he makes his official debut there, he will come home with me to be the mascot of my new weaving room.......which is coming along very nicely I might add. A few more days and I'll be welcoming a 4 shaft Nilus Leclerc Artisat floor loom into my home! Stay tuned.

25 comments:

kristo said...

Shaggy's "lounging" picture looks as if he's had a few too many drinks! Ha! He's awesome!

Marlene said...

I was actually thinking maybe he had found a patch of "weed" in his pasture.

lookinout said...

Super job and so funny!
Gillian

Chriss said...

He's adorable! What a personality ;)

PJ said...

You've done some VERY cute things in the past, but this takes the cake. HE IS ADORABLE!!!

dragon knitter said...

well, i was kinda close, lol. if his coat was golden instead of white, he'd be a lion!

Dandy said...

oh he's just too cute!!

Lani said...

so flipping CUTE! He definitely got into some good stuff somewhere, didn't he? What a great mascot Shaggy will make for your new craft room. I have to say, though, that I made the mistake of showing him to my husband -- who then wanted to see the rest of Paola's designs -- and now I'm committed to an Otto the Octopus or one of the Tux designs for him. Apparently these little guys are highly contagious ...

Marlene said...

I have already started my next one Minnie....a llama. But the designer does have a gorgeous lion if you're a crocheter looking for a project.

Marlene said...

Thanks PJ. I think he's adorable too. Of course I'm only following a pattern. Paola Navarro deserves the credit for his super cuteness. All her stuff is fantastic.

Caroline M said...

Funnily enough I was looking at a used Artisat only yesterday and trying to convince myself that hiring a van and driving for hours was a good idea. One day one will turn up closer to home.

I used to crochet but now it seems so unnatural and makes my hands ache.

Nicole said...

I peeked on Ravelry so I already knew. Love the pictures. Too cute!

Dorothy said...

Oh my! That's about the cutest thing I've seen in a long time!!

Dave said...

Too cute! I'm just about tempted to pick up crochet. Just about, but not quite. :-)

Marlene said...

Crochet does have its limitations, it's not my favourite for a lot of things, but for making toys it's fantastic. Anything that is intricately shaped is much easier to do in crochet than it is in knitting.

You know Dave, it's great fun to at least TRY every fibre arts craft. I find that what I learn in one area of interest often spawns ideas that apply to other areas....like the knitting. Crochet is sometimes used in the finishing of knitted articles too, so it's great to have at least a passing knowledge of the craft.

Maggie Ann said...

Ahh, it was worth the wait to see your adorable 'Shaggy'. He's got personality plus! He will make a grand mascot for your new weaving room. If your granddaughter can resist taking him home!

Marlene said...

She has already asked to play with him Maggie Ann--- while he was nothing more than a face and body. We told her that he is Grandma's special sheep, not for play yet. I'll likely let her play with it after the big reveal at the guild's closing potluck dinner, but she won't be allowed to take him home. She has so many toys at home that he would just be one of many and would no longer be "special'.

Monika said...

I'm speechless! This is sooo very cute! I'm thinking of buyint the pattern. Is it hard to follow it? I've never done this before. Unless - you want to make one for me? :o)

Marlene said...

I didn't find the pattern hard to follow Monika. The designer is generous with the step by step pictures and describes the necessary procedures very well. Loop stitch might be new to you, but it isn't difficult. I found loop stitch awkward at first but after I fell into a rhythm it went quickly.

Although I found him fun to make and I'm now working on her llama pattern I'm not a production style crafter and quickly bore of doing the same thing more than once.

Make him. You'll have fun!

Becky said...

Really cute! He'll look great next to that new loom.

AlisonH said...

Oh cute!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

He's adorable.

Şule saribaş said...

Hi I would like to yapamk lamb Do you have more detailed photos of lamb I would be happy if you help

Marlene said...

Sorry Şule saribaş, Shaggy is from a copyright pattern. Please support the designer in her efforts to make a living by purchasing her pattern. The link is in the blog post.

şule said...

I realized I thank