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.
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