Sometime this summer, after completing MoJo JoJo for my friend, I decided to make Stella the Wonder Poodle for another friend from the same pattern creator, Delicious Crochet. I thought it would be a quick and simple little dog that would crochet up fast and easy and I'd present it to my friend at our next book club.
See, this friend has a "sister" named Stella, who is a black standard poodle. I have never met Stella in person, but I so love the stories, many of which chronicle how her parents love Stella more than her, so I just knew Stella needed to be made.
Enter the loop stitch. Whew. What makes crochet so wonderfully appealing to me is the quickness of the stitch and that I only need to use one hand. Loop stitch is a pull and a loop around, and pull back and a twist and a jump to the left and bring your knees in tight...oops sorry. Got carried away. Suffice it to say, loop stitch is a complete PITA but it makes a damn good poodle fur.
Then add in the fact that this pattern makes a GINORMOUS dog. And that its 99% in one color. And for things like legs...you need to make 4(!) of the same thing. Bleh. This is called ADHD Crochet because I get bored easily. So Stella was put down, sometimes for months at a time. Picked back up. Put down. Cursed at. Locked away in a cabinet. Picked back up again.
But finally finished. I love her! My daughter thinks she will be getting a white poodle soon. I think I might tell her the pattern got lost in a forest fire or something.
She is supposed to stand, but I don't think I stuffed her legs enough. So tip to the wise if you attempt this pattern, stuff the legs very well!
What a cute face!
Funny story about crocheting poodle legs with loop stitching at the ankle. While happily crocheting a leg in the waiting room at a carwash, one might just happen look down and see what looks very much like an acryllic, black, crocheted model of a male organ.
But through it all, Stella is now done and I can feel less guilt that the poodle is out of the cabinet and now I shall happily move onto the angel, puppet scarves, ornaments, star wars guys, gingerbread house, nativity, scooby doo guys, powerpuff girls v.2 and the nutcracker that are waiting in the queue.