I made this – it’s a kangaroo

mama kanga's back leg mama kanga's torso

Let me just say right upfront that the photos you are looking at are the makings of a toy kangaroo. So get your mind out of wherever it may have been heading!

I promised a friend I’d make a toy kangaroo.  Little did I know what I let myself in for.  This project turned out to be far more challenging than I had anticipated.

I’ve crocheted a lot of toys over the years. Currently I seem to be going through one of those toy making phases. Why?  I really don’t know. Just because would cover all bases there I think.

Because I’ve had a lot of experience I can usually whip something up just by looking at a picture or a photo. Like I did with these ones. However, I thought I might be biting off more than I can chew with this one, so I hunted down a free pattern off the internet.

Well, having started, I really had no option but to continue. So I did battle with the plan. Unravelled. Read again. Redid. Undid. Redid. Why do people make things more complicated than they need to be?  I’m sure it’s not just me. I know I have advanced crochet skills!

There was no way I was going to give up. I didn’t like the instructions for the legs. Both mama and joey were born with limbs that do not match in size or shape.  Both mama and joey had necks that were ostrich like. Both mama and joey had bodies that just did not look right.

Face view of kanga and joey close up of joeyCompleted kangaroo with joey

Thank goodness stuffed toys are malleable. I was able to manipulate torsos, necks and limbs so they look half way decent. Of course I put in my own extra touches – like the scarves, hats with corks to keep the flies out of the eyes and nose.   They didn’t turn out too bad.

If ever I make another one I will follow my intuition!

©  Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

39 thoughts on “I made this – it’s a kangaroo

    1. You reckon? Thanks for the encouragement. This one was a lot of frustrating work but I’m pretty happy with the end result. You should see what I’m working on now. TRH called it an alien, lol! I must say he has a point. I’m not sure entirely what it is myself 🙂 It started out as a koala. It definitely is NOT one now ! When I have finished it I might post a photo and ask for opinions, lol.

  1. Well said, Hard work, Dedication, Honesty to provide best and real information to readers, Interest in work are the keys of success. Great read. keep sharing.

    1. I was hoping to post a photo of my crocheted stuffed animals …… a giraffe and a lion …… for my grandkids. I guess we don’t have that option here. Great job on your creations, Railli! 🙂

    2. Lol!!! Thanks – I was wondering why you couldn’t post photos? My site is free WP – I upload them from My Pictures on my laptop into Media and then insert them from there.

      1. Hmmmm….. I didn’t see an ‘upload’ link in the comment section. I’ll check.

      2. I can see your photos. I was try to copy/paste my photo into my comment and it didn’t work. I then copied the URL address. If you copy/past in your URL address area you should be able to share it. 🙂

  2. Clever work Raili, I am glad you put that line in at the beginning because my thoughts were straying into a different direction😂😂 and wondered what the heck you were up too. I am sitting here grinning after i read the whole story. The roo turned out well in the end especially liked your thoughtfulness of putting corks on his hat to keep the flies out of his eyes.😊

  3. This is beautiful work Raili.. and I don’t know what an earth you mean .. my mind was wandering a little though.. hehe…
    Loved the finished masterpiece.. Gorgeous.. 🙂 and I am sure it made some one very Happy.. 🙂

  4. HOW do you say GENIUS in Finnish? I need to know!
    I don’t know how you do it. I mean that with my hand on my heart and so impressed of your brilliant abilities to do SO MANY THINGS. Because if others don’t know, you can pretty much do ANYTHING YOU ATTEMPT and that is like the rarest ability ever. I know what it is though, I know your secret, it’s the secret-Fin isn’t it? I read that Finnish have the highest level of educational ability and knowledge despite not doing homework as much as say, other countries. This makes perfect sense. All the Finns I have known were EXTREMELY intelligent. The idea that you are actually NOT HUMAN is more than probable, and so everything makes sense when I view it through this FAE LENS. I just feel glad that I am able to be friends with a unique and brilliant creature such as yourself, and truthfully i’m gob-smacked at the talent you have in each and every thing you do ESPECIALLY KANGEROOS AS YOU KNOW! Wow. Just WOW.

  5. Raili, you can’t even imagine how amazing I think it is that you can create these fun animal toys. I knew you were a fantastic writer but now I realize you are multi talented. Thanks for sharing at the Salon.

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