Something a little random (but very cute) a couple of camels!

After making some teddy camels a little while back I had the idea of making some more but this time rather than just a singular teddy I would make one camel which a couple of little camels could fit in.

I used fabric from the Moroccan Bazzar range by The Craft Cotton Company.

For these camels you need a template for the main camel (with separate legs) and a template for the smaller camels (with separate legs).

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For the main large camel (adding a 0.5cm seam allowance):

In one colour: using the leg template cut out 8 pieces of fabric for the legs (2 for each).

In another fabric: using the main camel template cut out a front and back piece.

In batting: using the main camel template cut out a front and back piece.  Using the leg template cut out 4 leg pieces.

In another fabric: using the main camel template cut out a front and back lining piece.

In another fabric: cut out two  20cm x 4cm strips for the tail.

For the smaller camels (adding a 0.5cm seam allowance):

For each camel (Make 2 small camels)

In one colour: cut out 8 pieces of fabric for the legs (2 for each).

In another fabric: using the small camel template cut out a front and back piece.

In batting: using the small camel template cut out one piece.  Using the leg template cut out 4 pieces.

In wool: for the tail cut 3 10cm long pieces.

Making the large camel:

The legs

Take a piece of the leg batting then place two of the leg pieces and place right sides together on top.  Sew around the leg leaving a 4cm gap for turning.  Turn out the right way and slip stitch to close the gap.  Repeat with the other 3 legs.

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The Tail

Take the two tail pieces and place right sides together.  Sew around the edge leaving a shirt edge unsewn. Turn out the right way.

The body

Take the front and back piece and place right sides together placing the tail in-between the front and back with its raw edge against the raw edges of the front and back piece, then place the body batting piece on top. sew around the edge leaving the hump part of the camel unsewn. Turn out the right way.

Take the front and back lining piece and place right sides together.  Sew around the edge leaving the hump part unsewn.

Place the lining into the body piece and fold the raw edge of the lining backward by 1cm and fold the raw edges of the lining inward by 1cm.  Pin to secure and slip stitch around.

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Sew the legs on to the body using embroidery thread and long stitches.

Making the small camel:

The legs

Take a piece of the leg batting then place two of the leg pieces and place right sides together on top.  Sew around the leg leaving a 2cm gap for turning.  Turn out the right way and slip stitch to close the gap.  Repeat with the other 3 legs.

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The body

Take the front and back piece and place right sides together placing the 3 strands of wool which make the tail in-between the front and back piece with the raw edges f the wool against the raw edges of the front and back piece, then place the body batting piece on top. Sew around the edge leaving a 3cm gap for turning. Turn out the right way.  Slip stitch the gap closed.

Sew the legs on to the body using embroidery thread and long stitches.

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Camel soft toy tutorial – don’t think it’s possible to have too many camels!

Following on from my camel bunting I also made some soft toy camels!

On these I used buttons for the eyes and also made a tail out of the same fabric rather than use embroidery thread/ribbon. I couldn’t decide which way round to do the legs so opted to do them different ways on each of the camels!

The fabric is from the Moroccan Bazaar range by The Craft Cotton Company and there is a tutorial t make them over on their blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

I know I promised a non animal make but that project has hit a bit of a snag, so while that’s on hold here is a very jazzy and fluffy hedgehog! 

I’m currently working on quite a big crochet project that I have had on my list for a while and have been trying to ignore! Progress has been going well with it, until that is I ran out of wool!! This always seems to happen to me, and even worse there was no more of this wool left at my local shop so I will have to wait until some more comes in! I can’t deny I was pretty gutted as despite putting off this make I was actually quite enjoying it and I can’t wait to share it once it is finally finished. On the plus side while I was in another wool shop a few days later I saw some wool which I just had to buy: King Cole tinsel chunky, and alongside a hedgehog which had been made using it, it was just adorable so I decide to get the wool and the pattern, then I ran into a slight disappointment – it was a knitting pattern, noooooo! 

However I decided I would get the wool and the pattern (King Cole tinsel chunky 9015) and see if I could adapt it to crochet. It’s only when I sat down to do this I realised the mountain of a problem I had set myself, I had a look online and a few websites mentioned that each knit and purl row would be equivalent to a single dc row. So I decided to try this on a large hedgehog. Then I hit another snag – the wool was an absolute nightmare to use, I couldn’t see where I was wanting to go and counting how many stitches I had completed was pretty much impossible! I almost gave up with it a few times, but I really liked how the wool looked when made up into something so I persevered with it and eventually managed to get it finished. 
This large hedgehog looks absolutely nothing like that in the pattern! The body has come out too short and the nose too long – no idea how I have managed it, but it’s why I shouldn’t have tried to convert a knitting pattern to crochet and should have tried to make my own pattern. However despite looking nothing like it should do I this I think this hedgehog looks brilliant, I’m really pleased I actually stuck out and finished it and it really makes me smile!  

  
I still have another ball of this wool left in a different colour, the next hedgehog I do will be with my own crochet pattern – no more attempts at converting a pattern for me!! 

Another animal make – I know they are really starting to get out of hand now, but I really couldn’t resist these dashingly cute dachshunds! 

I’m slowly starting to make a bit of a dent into my to do list – it maybe only a small dent but it’s all progress! The number of animal makes I have completed and have still yet to do is just insane, although finally they are starting to reduce in number and I have resisted adding any more – for now! I’ve managed to squeeze in this animal make before starting quite a big project I have been putting off for quite a while. I’m quite excited for this next make and surprisingly it’s not going to be animal related, although I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my biggest challenges I have taken on so far! However, back to this post and all of its animal cuteness! 
I saw a pattern for these patchwork dachshunds in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (Issue 8) – it’s actually the reason I bought the magazine! I have been looking forward to doing them for a while and after the success of the patchwork rabbits I was confident I could give them a go! I made one with pinks, blues and biege, and the other in blues, greens, and biege. These were small pieces of some of my favourite fabrics I have had leftover from other projects so was very happy to be able to use them.  

  
I think doing the rabbits first helped me a lot with doing these as I kind of knew what I was doing, rather than the unknown I experienced with the rabbits! I had no real problems at all, well until I sewed a head piece on upside down! But luckily I realised and got it sorted out without any trouble – the joys of unpicking! 

 

I knew these dogs would look cute, but I really couldn’t believe how cute they have come out, I know they are going to be very well lived in their new homes – although they will have a little wait until they go as these are part of my ridiculous number of Christmas makes! 

   
   

I have a feeling the sea is going to start getting a bit crowded with all these sea makes! Joining Sidney the squid is Oscar the crochet Octopus, designing this pattern was quite a challenge! 

After finishing my squid I have been thinking of some other sea makes to complete, and decided to make an octopus! Similarly to the squid I didn’t want it to be too cartoony – which was quite a challenge when doing the pattern, but after a few attempts at getting it right and a lot of unraveling and re-writing I have finally got the look I was wanting.

I really couldn’t decide what colour wool to go for, and then came across some wool right at the bottom of my stash which was a mixture of reds, creams, and greys which I thought would be perfect, although it wasn’t until I finished that I knew I had made the right choice! It’s hard to tell how it’s going to come out while you are making it, it’s only once all the stuffing is in you can see how it has come together with the colour choice and I am really happy with it.
For the suckers I decided to do surface stitch ones, as I didn’t want them to stand out too much, however, if you want more of a 3d effect you could do a chain of 10, slip stitch into the starting chain to make a round and then dc another round before fastening off. These would then need to be sewn on to the legs.
This very lovely octopus will soon be off to join his friend the squid and I am sure they will be enjoying a lot of adventures together! Now I will have to think of some more sea creatures to do, maybe a jellyfish or even a shark!


  


Octopus pattern: 
Final size of octopus is 70cm from the top of the head to the end of the front tentacles.
I used 3 100g balls of a chunky knit wool.
5mm hook.

For the body: 
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 8dc into ring

Round 2: 2sc into each dc (16)

Round 3-4: sc around (16)

Round 5: 2sc into same stitch,sc. Repeat around (24)

Round 6: 2sc into same stitch, 2sc. Repeat around (32)

Round 7: 2sc into same stitch, 3sc. Repeat around (40)

Round 8: 2sc into same stitch, 4sc. Repeat around (48)

Round 9-10: sc around (48)

Round 11: 30sc, (2sc into same stitch, 2sc) six times (54)

Round 12-13: sc around (54)

Round 14: (2sc into same stitch, 5sc) 4 times, (2sc into same stitch, 3sc) seven times, 2sc (65)

Round 15: sc around (65)

Round 16: 2sc into same stitch, 6sc. Repeat around, sc into last 2sc of the round (74)

Round 17: 2sc into same stitch, 7sc. Repeat around, sc into last 2sc of the round (83)

Round 18-21: sc around (83)

Round 22: sc2tog, 7sc. Repeat around, sc into last 2 sc (74)

Round 23-33: sc around (74)

Round 34: 36sc, (sc2tog, 3sc) rest of round until 3 stitches remain, sc2tog, sc (66)

Round 35: sc around (66)

Round 36: 34sc (sc2tog, 2sc) rest of round (58)

Round 37: sc around (58)

Round 38: (sc2tog, 8sc) repeat around until 8 stitches remain, sc2tog, 6sc (52)

Round 39-43: sc around (52)

Round 44: sc2tog, 3sc) 4 times, sc rest of round (48)

Rounds 45-47: sc around (48)

Round 48: 22sc, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked. Now working on these 22 stitches in rows.
Row section:

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) sc2tog, 18sc, sc2tog (20)

Row 2-4: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) sc along row (20)

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) sc2tog, 16sc, sc2tog (18)

Row 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) sc2tog, 14sc, sc2tog (16)

Row 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) sc2tog, 12sc, sc2tog (14)

Row 8-11: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) sc along row

After completing this last row, continue down the sides of the previous rows (11sc) and around the head (26sc) and back up the rows on the other side (11sc). Fasten off with a slip stitch in to the last row.

    
Tentacles:

First tentacle: 

With the row section facing you, fasten on into last sc on the right.


  
Round 1: 7sc, ch7 then slip stitch into the first sc to make a round of 14sc. Now working on these 14sc only:
Stuff legs as you go

Round 2-42: sc around

Round 43: (sc2tog, 3sc) 2 times,sc2tog, 2sc

Round 44-50: sc around

Round 51: (sc2tog, 2sc) twice, 3sc

Round 52-59: sc around

Round 60: sc2tog 4 times

Fasten off.

Second tentacle:

Fasten on into the sc to the left of the previously completed tentacle, and complete rounds 1-60 of the first tentacle.

Fasten off.

Third tentacle:

Skip 3sc then Fasten on into the next sc, complete rounds 1-60 of the first tentacle.

Fourth, Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth tentacles:

Repeat process completed for the second tentacle, leaving the last 3sc unworked after the 8th leg. 

Infill piece for base of head:

Make a magic ring ch1, 6sc into ring

Round 1: 2sc into each sc

Round 2: 2sc into same stitch, 1sc. Repeat around

Round 3: 2sc into same stitch, 2sc. Repeat around

Round 4: 2sc into same stitch, 3sc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2sc into same stitch, 4sc. Repeat around

Round 6: sc around

Round 7: 2sc into same stitch, 5sc. Repeat around

Round 8: 2sc into same stitch, 6sc. Repeat around

Round 9: (2sc into same stitch, 7sc) twice, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 8ac, 2sc Into same stitch, 8sc

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 18sc

Fasten off

Stuff head and sew closed top of tentacles, next sew the infill piece onto the base of the head, with the row section of the infill piece lining up with the row section on the head. Make sure you add extra stuffing in the row section while sewing this infill piece in.



Eyes – make 2:

In cream:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5sc into ring

Round 1: 2sc into each sc

Round 2: 2sc into same stitch, sc. Repeat around

Round 3-4: sc around

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach to octopus

Eyelid: 
In octopus colour – make two

ch11

Row 1: sc into second ch from hook, sc along rest of row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch)sc2tog, 6sc, sc2tog

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) sc along row.

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach.


  
  

Sew white eyes on the side of the head on the flap section, put some padding in while sewing to make them stand out. Then sew the lid over the eye so it covers the top quarter, with the longest side along the eyeball and the shortest onto the octopus flap section.

Finally, ch8, then sew this chain underneath the eyeball.
For the pupil detail sew on a black line onto the cream pupil to make the pupil. Make one long stitch and repeat a few times to make it really stand out.

The suckers:

Surface stitch in dc circles of different sizes at random locations down all legs and also place some in the middle infill section lining up with the legs.


  
  


  

Two patchwork rabbits: I took on a bit of a challenge with these two and by the time I finished then I was hopping along in excitement with them! 

I saw these in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine issue 12 a while ago and they looked so cute I really wanted to make them. However, I haven’t really made much patchwork apart from quilts and a couple of Easter eggs so I wasn’t too sure how well I would fair making them, especially as I had no idea what the markings and descriptions on the pattern for cutting out the fabric even meant! Luckily after a few frantic phone calls to my mum – who I would love to be as good as at sewing one day (but am a long long way off!), I knew roughly what I was doing and felt confident enough that I might be able to at least get started and see how I got on.  
I wanted to make two of these rabbits, one in a cream with red tartan, and the other in a duck egg with flowery fabric. I set about cutting out all the fabric – making sure to cut out the triangle marking points too – good thing I checked about these as I would have just cut straight over then otherwise! Took me a little while to get it all cut out – I didn’t want to rush it and mess it up but I got there eventually with no disasters! 

  
Now it was time to follow the instructions to make the rabbit, and I could believe how easy the instructions were to follow and the diagrams made anything I was a bit unsure of completely clear, and as a result I had no problems at all in sewing any part of the rabbits together – even the little fiddly bits!.  I was pretty shocked to be honest, I thought I might have come across at least one or two problems, but no I managed to get them all put together without anything going wrong! I was beyond happy with myself, I really should have more confidence in my sewing! 

      
Once I added the embroidered detail to the faces it really bought them to life, and I have also added the name of the recipients onto the back of one of the legs to make them a little more personalised. I really wanted to keep one of these for myself they are just so lovely! But it will soon be time for them to go to their new homes, at least I will get to see them again when I go and visit! 

      
I am starting to think I may have a slight obsession with animal makes, they seem to be taking over and I still have quite a few left on my list! 

I can’t hold it back any longer, there’s going be a bit of a crochet animal take over this week, day 1 and part 1: Elephant

So far I have made the aardvark and alpaca from my recent book purchase of Edwards menagerie, by Kerry Lord. I really love this book, the animals are just so adorable! I have been raring to start some more of these animals but have had to put them on hold whilst finishing off some other projects that have been on my list for a while, but now I can’t wait any longer I have to make some more, I can’t just keep looking longingly through the book any longer! I have set myself a week to do as many as I can before having to get back to my list!   

I have started with the elephant, but rather than doing a traditional grey elephant I have gone a bit off track (just a little!) and gone for a multicoloured one! I love this wool it is a Fair Isle effect Crofter DK by Sirdar in colour bracken. I had some left (about 3/4 of a 50g ball) from a jumper and knew I had just enough to make the elephant!
I started off with a 3mm hook, but it was coming out quite small – much smaller than I was wanting so reluctantly (I hate unravelling!) I restarted in a 4mm hook and am much happier with its final size. The tail caused me a little bit of trout as I am useless with doing knots so bad in fact I had to get a little bit of help with it, but once I had the knot sorted I managed to get the rest done without any problems.
I love this elephant and think the colours have really worked well, and made it a little bit different. I better hurry up and get cracking with some more, not too sure what to start next just so many I want to do…..

  

The pattern has taken me a while but finally it’s time to welcome to the sea Sidney the crochet squid! 

A friend of mines eldest child is completely obsessed with sea creatures and all things marine! So much so in fact they want to be a marine biologist when they are older, I think it would be a pretty cool job to do to be honest!

One of their favourite animals which they were telling me about in great detail the other day is a giant squid! Lovely and cuddly I know! It gave me an idea to make him one to add to his collection of sea creatures! I had some wool which was the perfect colour for it so I got started on it straight away! I was determined to make a nice cuddly squid for him!

The pattern I thought wouldn’t be too hard to do, just a long round dome with a pointy top, short body, long legs and two pieces to go on either side of the head. Off I went making up the pattern as I went, there were a few occasions while making it that I was a bit unsure of whether I was getting the shape right on the head but luckily these fears were unfounded and I think I have got it just right. So pleased when I had got him finished he looks even better than I thought he would, I will be very sad to see him go!
Now I know this one isn’t giant in real life terms, but it is pretty impressive! And what’s really quite cool is that his long paddle legs can be pushed up into his body so they are hidden out the way – just like his real life counterparts!
Small note on this: Be careful with this one around small children, the long legs could become tied around them.


Sidney the squid crochet pattern: 

Used 2 100g balls of salmon wool – I used a dk wool for this.

Length from top of head to bottom of longest paddle arms: 109 cm

5mm hook – I tried this and a 4mm and preferred the result with the 5mm.
For head cone 

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Round 3-4: dc around

Round 5: 2dc into same stitch, dc. Repeat around

Round 6-7: dc around

Round 8: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 9-10: dc around

Round 11: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 12-13: dc around

Round 14: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 15-17: dc around

Round 18: 2dc into same stitch, 5dc. Repeat around

Round 19: 2dc into same stitch, 6dc. Repeat around

Round 20-21: dc around

Round 22: 2dc into same stitch, 7dc. Repeat around

Round 23: dc around

Round 24: 2dc into same stitch, 8dc. Repeat around

Round 25: dc around

Round 26: 2dc into same stitch, 9dc. Repeat around

Round 27: dc around

Round 28: 2dc into same stitch, 10dc. Repeat around

Round 29-48: dc around

Round 49: dc2tog, 10dc. Repeat around

Round 50: dc2tog, 9dc. Repeat around

Round 51-52: dc around

Round 53: dc2tog, 8dc. Repeat around

Round 54-56: dc around

Round 57: dc2tog, 7dc. Repeat around

Round 58-72: dc around

Round 73: 2dc into same stitch, 7dc. Repeat around

Fasten off.


For body and leg section

Ch35 and slip stitch into first ch to form a round.

Working in rounds:
Round 1-16 dc around. Do not fasten off

Now to work the legs:

legs:

dc4, turn and ch4, then slip stitch into first dc on the opposite side. This makes a round of 8dc to work the first leg.

Working in these 8 stitches only:

Round 1-45: dc around

Round 46: dc2tog 4times

Fasten off

Repeat the above for the next five legs, starting each leg in the next dc from the previous leg. For the final two legs repeat the above leg section but skip 1dc after the 6th leg before starting the 7th leg, skip 1dc after the 7th leg before starting the 8th leg then leave 1dc after the 8th leg.


For the long paddle arms:

Make 2 of these:

Ch 10, slip stitch into first ch to make a round

Round 1-85: dc around

Round 86: 2dc into each dc

Round 87-90: dc around

Round 91: 2dc into same dc, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 92-100: dc around

Round 101: dc2tog, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 102: dc2tog, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 103-105: dc around

Round 106: dc2tog, 1dc. Repeat around

Round 107: dc around

Round 108: dc2tog. Repeat around

Fasten off


Head side pieces – make 2 

Ch4, dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of the row.
Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 3dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 5dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 7dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 8: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 9dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 9-10: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 11dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 12-13: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 14: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 13dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 15: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 14dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 16: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 17dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 17-18: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 19: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 19dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 20-22: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 23: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 19dc, dc2tog

Row 24: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 25: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 17dc, dc2tog

Row 26: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 15dc, dc2tog

Row 27: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 28: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 13dc, dc2tog

Row 29: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 11dc, dc2tog

Row 30: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 9dc, dc2tog

Row 31: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog

Row 32: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog

Row 33: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog

Row 34: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog

Fasten off



Fold in half wrong sides together and dc along the edge to join. Fasten off

To put together:  Finish off all the loose ends, when finishing off the loose ends on the tentacles where they join the body, sew the tops of the tentacles closed.

Stuff the head, leaving the bottom inch unstuffed.

Place the two long tentacle arms with paddles into the body section so the top of the leg is in line with the top of the body, sew the top of the body closed with these legs in to close the top of the body and hold the legs in place. Next sew the body into the head section, attach the thread to sew the head to the body 5 rows down from the top of the body and sew the top of the body in a 5 rows back up from the bottom of the head.

  


 
Sew the two side flaps onto either side of the head.


For the suckers on the paddles:

Make 10, 5 for each paddle

In white, ch8, slip stitch into first chain to make a round and

Round 1: dc around

Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach

Sew 5 of these onto each of the paddles in random locations.

Eyes:

Make 2

In black

Make a magic ring, ch1, 8dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

Change to white

Round 2: dc around

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach


To attach the eyes: sew them on to either side of the body, lining up their position with the position of the side flaps.


Finished!


 

Following on from the aardvark, here’s an alpaca! 

After completing the aardvark from the Edwards menagerie book I decided to embark on another name from the book, as previously it took me a while to decide which one to do! After narrowing it down to a few I could do with wool I already had in my stash that I could make them with I decided to do the alpaca! 

Similarly to the aardvark it was so easy to follow the instructions to make it, it took me a a little bit of practise to get a hang of the chain loops and getting them in the right place for the hair, but I managed to get there with it after a few goes.

  
Don’t think I could part with this one – think I will be keeping it for myself! Now to decide which animal to do next!