I have been watching the BBC series Planet Earth while working on the crocheted stones and merfish. I can't tell you how it has inspired me at so many levels. Makes me want to get myself a video camera. I really wanted to make a new softie to start of the new blog year. The instant I saw the botos or Amazon river dolphins I knew I had to design and make one of these fascinating animals. If you saw the footage you will completely understand my infatuation because these delightful animals were carrying something in their mouths for all to see. Stones, river stones to be exact and some of them of considerable size it what they were playfully swimming with. Trying to impress the girls is what the behavioural scientists have concluded but I like to think they were saying " Hey Margie, how's this one."
For the prototype I decided to work with hand dyed wool felt in two shades of grey and a pink for the inside of the mouth. This is entirely hand sewn which is my preferred method of making softies although I do know it isn't the quickest. I named him Mungo , because he is to me like all of you who celebrated my blog birthday yesterday, most dear. He is carrying in his mouth a small crochet covered river stone as a gift for his love. I hope you like him because I really enjoyed making him. I also enjoyed a break from crocheting stones. On Saturday evening I thought my fingers on my right hand had decided to pack up and go on vacation but after a little handsewing they were back working just right.
I think Mungo has fallen for one of the litte merfish. I forgot to mention Mungo has some handstitched details on his chest in a heart pattern.
Don't forget you have until friday to leave a message under the birthday post for a chance to win a merfish or covered stone of your very own. I am also updating the etsy shop on friday at 4pm EST. Have a wonderful start to your week.