Hey guys! First post of the year, just managed to squeeze it in before the end of the month, woohoo!
And what have I been up to, you ask? Lots and lots of knitting, that's what! I treated myself to this AMAZING book, "The Making Of Fantastic Mr Fox", as I love love love the movie and have always been a fan of stop motion puppetry, (as well as having a tad obsession with foxes) this book was truly made just for me!
I decided that I want to make stitch punk dolls of Mr & Mrs Fox, and also the Bean security Rat, so I have been sourcing out lots of beautiful yarns, (making use of the generous wool vouchers I was given for Christmas and my birthday).
I plan on incorporating a lot of hand knitting into my dolls in the future, as I mainly use my knitting machine for large pieces of work, however, I simply could not resist using the beautiful Harrap Tweed yarn from Sirdar, which would have otherwise been rather troublesome for my machine. And hand knitting is so much more fun, albeit time consuming, however, now that I have made a prototype fox, I am happy with the final pattern and will be more fast at knitting the next one.
So this is my prototype fox, or Scruffy Mr Fox as I have called him!
I am super proud of myself, as he is completely hand knitted, and even his tail was brushed out and layered by hand to give it the super fluffiness! I LOVE how the tweed yarn looks on this guy, however for my Mr & Mrs fox, I have some gorgeous mohair and alpaca yarn set aside, which feel so divine held together!
I was hoping on having the next foxes done by Valentines, however time may be against me, but I will try and get at least one finished! I also have some suuuuper exciting news to tell you all, but..... I can't tell you for another week or so, but I will post up on the Nicolpops Facebook page as soon as I am allowed to announce it, so be sure to Like my page to be kept up to date with all the latest goings on, as well as my progress pictures!
Various ponderings by me; Nicola Brand: creator of the Nicolpops stitch-punk doll. I dabble with illustration, but my main passion is for knitting, and using mixed media to create one of a kind critters.