Yay, I can finally share the secret project I was working on because the pattern has been published! (You can check out my free Chubby Sheep pattern here.)
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been collaborating with Galler Yarns, a family-run yarn importer in Monroe, New York. I was asked to design some toys using Flore II, a kid mohair/wool/nylon blend yarn made in South Africa.
Strangely, when I saw the yarn, I didn’t think of a goat but rather a sheep. (Yes, there is wool in the yarn, but it looks more “mohair-ish.”) I kept the goat idea in the back of mind while designing, though. I always imagine goats eating anything and everything. (According to the British Goat Society, this is actually untrue and goats are quite particular about their eating habits.)
So I decided to make this sheep a very rotund, non-stop eating machine. Originally, I planned to add legs, but once I finished the body, I saw that the sheep was able to sit on his own and actually looked pretty cute that way. I worked on the sample during the long Thanksgiving weekend. That Sunday, MC and I went for a nice walk in Central Park. It was a bit brisk out, but a beautiful day. I took many great pictures of the sheep (and of another top secret project I can’t talk about yet!).
That weekend, the Christmas tree vendors were just setting up around our neighborhood. With that inspiration, I decided to add the option to transform the Chubby Sheep into an ornament. On Monday, on the way to the post office to mail the sample, I snuck behind one of the Christmas tree stands and captured a few pictures of the ornament version.
My acrylic amigurumi critters always have very smooth, dull surfaces. I like the way the mohair in the yarn makes Chubby Sheep look fuzzy.
For more finished objects, visit Tami’s Amis.