Mind you, I didn’t know it was for Dallas when I was knitting it. He wasn’t born yet, and his prospective names were under wraps too. His mom is one of my co-workers experiencing the great St. Jacobs baby boom. Dallas was born, early-but-tough, way back in February. So you see I’m very late indeed with this post!
I’ve been pretty focused on getting gifts made in my spare time the last several months. That's the excuse i'm using for neglecting the blog anyway. Just when I think we’re getting to the end of the “epidemic,” there’s another announcement. Babies everywhere.
It’s pretty sweet actually, given that I have no desire to have any more myself and there no wee ones in my immediate family. I love having an occasional baby to visit and snorgle, and then hand back to the responsible adult. I mean, just look at this baby. Perfect for snorgling!
Anyhow, back to le renard! I used the Fox (Knit a Teddy) pattern by Sarah Gasson, which is available for purchase on Ravelry.com. It was surprisingly difficult, to me at least, to find the perfect fox pattern. I looked quite a bit before I found this one. I love it, and it’s pretty well written too. I did make one mistake that I didn’t fix because I decided it works, so I went with it.
See the little rectangular bit hanging down in cream on the fox's belly? That's not supposed to be there. It's supposed to be orange. The instructions were very confusing there. In fact, originally I had the head sewn to the wrong end of the body! That had to be fixed, obviously, but when I realized the rectangle was also an error, I decided to leave it. I think it kind of looks like haunches.
As to yarn, I used good old trusty Patons North America Classic Wool DK Superwash in Pumpkin, Aran, and Black. It’s not fancy but it’s perfect for these cuddlies. Seems to hold up pretty well, it’s nice to work with, it doesn’t cost a fortune, and it’s available in animal colours!
I'm very pleased with how this little fox turned out. I don't make stuffed animals too often because oh my good goodness, do I hate seaming! I really should probably take a class to learn how to do it properly. I bet I'd see so many more errors then. Many I should just continue to wallow in happy ignorance on that score... I don't have to be clever like a fox about everything.