I’ve always been in love with horses. I have one of my own who, unfortunately, still lives back in Illinois with my parents. Though I’m thoroughly enjoying the California version of winter (seriously it’s 70 Degrees and its FEBRUARY!), I totally miss riding. And I really wish I could have Zachary around horses. He loves them and the few times I’ve been able to have him on one hes had a really good seat and wasn’t afraid of being so high up even on my 16 hand horse. But this train of thought could take me on a tangent for years…. So back to Gracie.
I met the cutest little girl at a baby-shower the other day. Her name is Tanna and she’s about as tall as me despite being about 7 years old….. I’m not THAT short, I swear, but she’s really tall…. anyway. She saw some of the toys I made for the baby and wanted to see some of the other stuff I’ve done. So I started showing her. And she had a great idea. She wanted me to make her horse for her. Her name is Gracie and I agreed before I even saw pictures. I’m pretty much up for any challenge. So her mom e-mailed me some pictures and gave me the money for yarn and eyes.
My First Thought: “OMG Its a PAINT, I’m gonna have to do a LOT of color Changes!” But then I got over it and thought “This is gonna be so much fun!
So I started a few days later, after getting the yarn I needed (Yay, I have brown now). The first things off my hooks was the head.
Then I attacked the rest of it…. and promptly forgot that I meant to take pictures of the whole process…. sorry guys. I did have quite a lot of fun getting the neck to look right though. It still turned out a little thin, but I liked the finished product so much otherwise that I didn’t want to take the whole thing out just to fix one minor detail. Though if I were doing a Clydesdale or some other large breed I definitely would have changed it.
Another problem I had was getting the hooves and legs to look right. I finally decided to make them separately and sew them together…. It worked quite well, though I’ll definitely employ some cardboard to make them sharper when I make my next horse.
Through this endeavor I also created another tip for people attempting amigurumi. If you are going to have a lot of small pieces to put together, get a small zip-lock bag and keep them in there until you’re ready to sew them onto your finished product. If you don’t, there’s a chance that they will get lost in the couch-cushions or the bottom of your crochet bag … I think I made 4 ears before I found the first two I had made… It was a little sad. I found them eventually though….and they will probably be featured on the “scrap creature” I plan to make out of the odds and ends of unwanted small things I fashioned before realizing they were disproportionate or just didn’t look right on whatever I was making.
Anyway, here are more pics of Gracie in all her glory.