Let the adventure begin!
I have the pleasure of introducing you all to Gwendolyn the mini giraffe! Sitting at only 1.7cm she is the smallest thing I have ever made (yet!).
Mini crochet is something I have wanted to try for a while, ever since I first saw the work of the Japanese artist Su Ami. After finally deciding to take the plunge I asked for a tiny crochet hook and a magnifying lamp for my birthday (thanks Mum!). A few days later Gwendolyn the giraffe was finished. I learnt a lot along the way, and now I can’t wait to get started on another project.
I settled on making a giraffe after finding a large spool of yellow thread in my Mum’s sewing box. I didn’t want to buy lots of different threads until I knew it was a style I was likely to stick to, but since having finished Gwendolyn I now only need to decide which colours I’d use most frequently!
One of the things I learnt quite quickly during this project was the necessity for frequent breaks. If, like me, you enjoy to see fast progress of your projects it can feel like a waste of time, but to prevent eye strain and headaches those breaks are essential. Just relax, take a walk around your house, get a drink, stand out in the garden, annoy your cat, and then get back to work. As I always have more than one project on the go I also found it useful to switch to a different task (using a larger hook or needles) when on these breaks. I made Gwendolyn over four days, working on her for only a few hours at a time.
Day one: I made the body and the head.
Day two: I sewed the head onto the body and made the arms.
Day three: I made the legs and attached them, and the arms, to the body.
Day four: I made the ossicones, ears, and tail, and finished assembly.
I’d love to hear what you think of her, so please leave a comment or get in touch!