Finally, finally, the promised pictures of my little knitted friends, the chipmunks. In 2007, after we joined the local Waldorf School, I was fortunate enough to take a course in Waldorf doll making with one of the mothers from the School (April). Not only did I find a wonderful creative soul in her, one I can relate to on many levels. She also has two sons, so we had lots to share about mothering. She was the one who introduced me to the work of Gordon Neufeld, but she also showed me a little tiny chipmunk she had knit for her younger son some years ago. My interest was immediately piqued and I wanted to make a fleet of them. By looking at the "hide" of one, i.e. one that was knit, but not sewn up, I made it my mission to figure out how to make them.
The knitted part is easy, most of the work is in sculpting the stuffed form and embroidering the details. Each little guy took me about 2 hours to make from cast-on to the last stitch. I will make another one soon, when I will take step-by-step photos to have a pattern and written instructions available.
For now though, I would like to introduce our current "herd":
The leader was the one that April made and gifted me. Then there is one little fellow in noro yarn, one in alpaca, and one in angora.
Getting up to trouble
A little hand-full of squirley-ness
In a needle-felted nest.
Let me know if you would be interested in a pattern for these little guys.
Also stay tuned for a report on a gallery opening, a jurying session in Kingston, a knight, a back-tack packaged received in England (including all those secrets I've been keeping), and some other goodies.