Seeing as this week we have had ‘International Pirate Day’ I thought it only fitting that I should introduce you to a star of my new book Cute Crocheted Animals. If any animal has the swagger and daring zeal of a pirate, surely it must be a fox. Ahoy there Ben Fox!
The photo is my original drawing for the design and you can see how he turned out – not too far off the mark.
In the book I introduce both a girl and a boy in each animal. I had in mind our son for the character of this cheeky chappie. Little B has the most amazing playful imagination and can quite happily spend an hour in his own company thinking of stories and adventures to embark upon.
The head of each animal is worked in the round. Both fox faces have a more advanced technique of changing the colour mid-way in the round to create the flash of white fur on the chin. Even I need to use stitch markers for this process – so don’t feel discouraged. But the over all look is well-worth the patience.
I hope you can spot form these photos that the trousers and the shorts have a cheeky wee hole where you can pop the tail through. For climbing the rigging on your pirate galleon you will need a swishy tail for balance.
Most weekend I am found in a Breton stripe t-shirt and so this was one of the first garments I made for the new book. Ben Fox also has a rather jaunty pirate bandanna, with handy holes for his ears. If you know me – you would guess that designing these little clothes made me giggle. The basic question; ‘What would a pirate fox wear?’ just tickled my sense of humour.
If you have spotted a favourite animal in the last few weeks do tell me. Indeed if you have any animal ideas for a future book I would love to hear.