Milla Mouse + Shop Update!

Hi, folks!

I’m really proud of today’s amigurumi reveal. The designer, My Krissie Dolls, is very thorough with her patterns, as you can see from a previous doll I made of hers. I worked on this doll off and on for about two months and I’m really happy I took my time.

What I loved about this pattern–and what was most challenging–was that you are given an option to knit the dress and collar or do it in crochet. Because I wanted to challenge myself with the knitting, in addition to preferring the overall look, I opted to knit them. However, I did not want to make something flat and have to seam it, so I used magic loop. I also used worsted weight yarn, whereas the designer calls for sock weight yarn. I prefer my finished dolls to be more sizable and huggable. 🙂

The other options for this doll include shaping the toes and adding some kind of blush or rouge for added color and dimension to the face and ears. I did not tack on eyelashes or make the teddy bear for Milla, but those are all details you can decide on if you take on this pattern.

First up, some photos. Then an update on the shop below!

Now that you’ve surely fallen in love with this mouse doll as I did, there’s good news on that front. She is for sale!

Not only is she for sale but she’s listed on the new shop page! You’ll see in the main menu links above that there is now a “Shop” link, which I will be keeping updated with what I have in stock and ready to go. Shipping is free within the domestic U.S. but if you are an international shopper, you’ll need to message me beforehand so we can square up the final details in a separate listing.

I’m not ready to take custom orders the way I did on Etsy but I imagine I’ll get there. Speaking of Etsy, I still have the shop and a handful of listings there but ultimately, I will only be keeping it up to let people know to head this way. The bottom line is, as much as I love Etsy and continue to support other artists there, it’s not good for small hobbyists like myself who are selling infrequently. The costs have gone up way too much. At the end of the day, I pay a not-so-cheap annual fee to have this website and it would benefit me (and any buyers) to sell directly from a website I already pay for and use, versus having to charge more for all of the fees Etsy takes out now. I didn’t imagine I would even have an Etsy shop for over five years, so I consider it a really good run.

Questions or comments? Email me at zavvycreations[at]gmail[dot]com or leave me a comment on this post!

Big Red Fox

img_9645I’ve been making efforts to make projects that I like and would get enjoyment out of, even if there is no intended buyer (or person to give the item to just yet). Working a full-time job means I crochet in my spare time. I’ve discovered that if I start something and put it down, even for a little while, it will easily turn into months before I pick it up again or find the motivation to finish it.

(Case in point: Sepp the Seahorse, my first Lalylala doll, has been a work-in-progress since June of 2016 — yeesh!)

I bought this red fox pattern a couple of months ago and finally got around to making it. I tracked my progress on Ravelry and was surprised I finished it in five days. That is pretty quick for me, but I also realized afterwards that I prioritized it over other projects. I’m glad I did, though, because it kept the momentum going, and this handsome fella came out of it!

This pattern from Kristi Tullus calls for using joints, which I did not use. I labeled it as easy or medium-easy on Ravelry, but I would say that this pattern is definitely meant for an experienced crocheter and/or amigurumi-maker. I had to do some very careful sewing since I wasn’t using joints, and I made some mental notes about what to do for future foxes.

I do love the long limbs, and using Vanna’s Choice yarn was a great “choice,” since it yielded a bigger doll, even using a 4mm hook. Plus I just love that rich orange color, don’t you? The colorway is called Terracotta, for anyone who wants to use that. The pattern calls for using a dark brown but instead I used a Lion Brand yarn, colorway Smoky Mountains, which is dark gray and wisps of silver. I thought it gave the paws and accents a bit more depth.

All told, Big Red is 15″ from the top of his head to his tippy toes.

As much as I love the fox, I decided to list him in the Etsy shop because I feel like he could make a kid (or collector, whoever) very happy. So he is officially for sale! And I threw in free shipping, just ’cause. **Edited to say he sold!**

Here are some photos for your enjoyment! And if you have any questions about the making of the fox, please do comment below or send me a note at zavvycreations {at} gmail dot com.

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