Today it happened! I've arrived at a chippy that I'm truly happy with. I also drafted the pattern for him and hope to do the detail photos for the instruction sheet by next week. 

But here he is in all his chippy-glory…


I couldn't resist and had to make him a little tiny acorn…






The pattern will be suitable for immediate/advanced knitters/needleworkers I think. Would you be interested in testing my pattern for me? If so, please leave me a comment with your e-mail and in a bout 2 weeks I will e-mail you my instructions for your feedback. 

Knitting the "hide" of the chippies is not that difficult. You'll have to be able to cast on, knit, purl, cast on within the knitting, cast off,  knit an I-cord. The shape of the chippy becomes apparent through "sculpting" with needle and thread while sewing him together. 

When the pattern is finalized, I would like to offer it for free as a pdf file here on the Olive Sparrow Blog. I might also sell an extended instruction sheet that has additional animal instructions on it.

Do you like my final version?


The "Hide" from last week has been sewed up and this is the chippy resulting from pattern #2. It's not bad, but I wasn't fully happy with it. I also experimented with the way to add the stripes to the side, but don't think it is successful.

There is also a new cast on my finger with new art – Egyptian inspired me thinks.

Chippy from Pattern #3, as pictured below has an extremely long tail (about 14" long), per Huxley's request and since making hand-made goodies for boys is so much harder, I indulged him.

Why the long tail? It makes "Tail" as he was named better able to fly (i.e. swing the tail and launch), also, the tail can be wrapped around Tail's body, or around Huxley's hand or finger.. so much potential. 


I also switched the needle size down and made the front paws a bit smaller than the hind paws – Hubby's idea. The tail is also sewn up-wards, so that Tail can more easily sit on his behind and look more chippy-like. The body is a bit longer too, as chipmunks tend to have longer bodies (hard to see when they are sitting upright).




The Olive Sparrow Child — Charlene

Charlene is the first of my dolls that I have sold through my etsy store. My client asked for a couple of additional pieces of clothing, which was a lot of fun to create.

Gotta still keep the typing minimal, so here are pictures of Charlene (31cm, 12"):


Charlene wears a green satin fabric tunic (up-cycled from some Isaac Misrahi sheets). I've free-hand machine embroidered a sweet heart onto it, as well as a bit of decoration at the neckline. Her pants are a very finely striped linen (from an up-cycled shirt). Her hat is knitted from a wonderfully soft alpaca wool. 








She is quite a small doll with a lovely dark mocha skin tone. Her hair is hand-dyed by me and I also created a bit of curliness in it, so she has waves and highlights – a very stylish combination. 


Each doll is made up of the following materials.

Skin: 100% cotton (Swiss-made to Öko-Tex-Standard 100)
Stuffing 100% “green-processed” wool batt from Canada
Hair: 100% Wool, or a Mohair/Wool Blend
Clothing: 100% natural fibres (linen, cotton, silk)
Shoes: Recycled felted wool sweaters, or pure leather
Face: 100% cotton Embroidery Thread

Each doll is created individually by artist Monika Aebischer, the proprietor of The Olive Sparrow. She sources and uses only the highest quality materials in her creations – swiss-made skin fabric, Canadian green processed wool stuffing,  wool/mohair for the dolls hair (often hand-dyed by her). Hair for the Olive Sparrow Children is made by crocheting a cap that is sewn to the head, allowing for replacement should it ever become necessary (although most children will object to this, as it changes their doll dramatically). For the wispy hair, a special german mohair is used and a labour-intense technique, for the loose longer hair each strand of wool is individually knotted into the crocheted cap. This is the prime technique for doll-wig creation.

Doll clothing is made from up-cycled vintage and clothing fabrics, in either pure linen, cotton or silk. Up-cycled fabric is wonderful for doll clothes, as the cloth has been washed soft, gentle and free of textile manufacturing products. Monika also felts used woolen sweaters to use for doll shoes and clothing. She knits the doll’s hats out of prime quality knitting wool. Each seam on the doll’s body is sewn twice to allow your child to fiercely love their Olive Sparrow Child. Clothing is sewn with French seams and some are fully reversible. 

Casting about…

The cast is not supposed to get wet. I am therefore working on some projects other than my paintings too. Long, long overdue ones. 

Today's task: prepare the pattern for the Chippys I made back in 2009. 

There was some pattern drawing, some test knitting, some introductions:


There was also some procrastination where I spent time decorating my cast (inspired by Frieda Kahlo, but on a bit a smaller scale)


The finger feels a lot better, but I need to see the hand therapist twice a week to change the cast and tend to the skin under it. Huxley and I were horsing around tonight and the finger got a tug on it… wow.. that was not good!!!!! 

Back to the chippies:

I'm not satisfied with the body shape of the one above and have re-drawn the pattern and re-knit the next "hide". Most of the work in these sweet little chippies is in the sewing up and embroidery. Once I have the pattern finalized, I will need to write up those instructions, then look for some test-knitters to see if my instructions make sense. 


Knit in 100% Alpaca, on 2.5mm needles.

I also went to the wool store and got some white angora to make bunnies.



Sharing Love

Happy Day of Lovin' Everyone…



Being grateful for love received and always, ah, always trying my best to give as good as I get:

Romantic Love

Motherly Love

Friendship Love

Platonic Love

Sexy Love

Nourising Love

Neighbourly Love

Creative Love

Natural Love

Silly Love

Happy Love

Bittersweet Love

Unrequited Love

Animal Love


Filling my life and the world with Love. Today it's easy, the rest of the year working damn hard at it….

        "Wer nehmen mehr als Geben liebt, verkennt was Sinn dem Leben gibt"

(Text on a Gingerbread heart I received as a child. Probably not for Valentines' Day, as it was not a celebrated day in Switzerland during my upbringing. Means roughly: If you prefer to take rather than give, you miss the purpose of Life.)


Little hearts knitted from free pattern: (please check back later, I can't find the link right now, but will keep looking)

Here is the pattern from Berroco