What a wiener!

A dog is for life, not just for the barbeque

This is my latest creation, his name is Henry. He was a last minute creation for a raffle at the 9th birthday party at BAPS, which, for those who have read my previous post on the subject will know, stands for Breastfeeding and Peer Support, a group run by the GBSN. The GBSN is a charity which runs support groups for breastfeeding mothers in our county. BAPS is one of the groups that I used to go to, and I was asked by one of the peer supporters, no doubt stunned by the brilliance of the crocheted boobs I made previously, to crochet something for the raffle. Seeing as it is a group for mothers of young children I thought a baby toy would be appropriate.

Henry is based on this free Lion Brand pattern for a wiener dog, except here in the UK we call them sausage dogs! I decided to make him a bit longer and fatter, but wish I hadn’t as his head is now a llittle out of proportion. I’m not too sure about the colours either. I used some of the Sublime Organic Cotton, and wasn’t sure if I’d have enough of the brown, so added some stripes. Just not sure if the rainbow colours go with the brown, but tis done now. I’ve decided I really like cotton for baby toys, it has a lovely feel and soft look to it. I hope the winner likes it. I gave him a tag with my blog address so hopefully they will come a take a look. It’s a really easy pattern, and I will be giving it another go soon. Iris is a bit dog obsessed at the moment (or “do-do’s” as she calls them, and every other animal!). I’m not sure how well you can see but I stitched a little bit of patterned fabric under each ear, a different one for each. That and the Mrs Mittens Purse I made last month are the only times I have mixed crochet and fabric. I need a bit of practice to make the stitching more discreet!

Henry: Hoping for a good home on Tuesday

I am still in love with the Yarn Bombing book, and have a lovely strip of crochet on the go which I am hoping to put on a nearby sign post, so watch this space!



Boob and bust

Hello Boys!

So many breast related puns, only one title! I will probably have to write another post just so I can think of some more. I’m a bit obsessed with making these crochet breasts. They even have names, clockwise from the top: Alabaster Annie, English Rose and Mediterranean Mama! You might be wondering what they are for (I’d be worried if you weren’t). These ones have been donated to the Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Support Network, a charity that run groups across Gloucestershire to help support women who are breastfeeding. The groups are all run by volunteer peer supporters, and are an invaluable source of information, support and cake. Some of the groups try to have the support of trained breastfeeding counsellors (BFC), they sell bras and other accessories at cost price, provide handouts and lend books. These groups are woefully underfunded, they have to pay for the BFC services, the training of peer supporters and for the spaces they use for their groups (usually children’s centres or church halls). Anyway, the supporters at these groups use the breasts to demonstrate latching positions and how to hand express.

I’d like to try and make some money from these that I could donate to the GBSN, but the problem is the only people who would have a use for them are other BFCs or peer supporters, and as with most charities it’s the same people putting their hands in their pockets. So I may have to find people who want to buy them for <ahem> other purposes.

The pattern comes from The Lactation Consultants of Great Britain. On my search for a pattern I also came across Tit-Bits, a website where you can buy beautiful hand-knitted breast prostheses, for women who have lost one or both breasts to cancer. The founder of the site also kindly publishes the pattern here. Boobylicious!

Tit Bits hand-knitted breast protheses