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Léttlopi yarn

In this post I will tell all about the yarn that gives my animals their characteristic looks and that is a big part of my recognizable style. Léttlopi wool.

This yarn is my all time favorite. It is very rough and rustic and fuzzy by itself. When I started making crochet animals I first used other kinds of yarn, mostly mixed kinds of wool, alpaca, merino and polyamide. Some gave a good result, others looked awful.

Texture is very important to me. I’m also an illustrator and my specialty is painting with acrylic paint (it used to be oil based paint but I found acrylic to be more modern and suitable for the work I make). In my paintings you can clearly see the brush strokes and the colours don’t always blend perfectly. The paint is very visible.

For my crochet animals, I like to have that same rustic and living style. That is why Lopi yarn is so suitable for my designs. It has a wild look to it and you can see the sheep hair. It comes in many beautiful powerful colours. It is 100% wool, so it is 100% living!

The yarn is very suitable to crochet with and I love working with it. I always use a hook E/3,5 mm. The Léttlopi is for 50 grams ca 100 m/109 yd. The yarn has a good grip on my hook and is very flexible. In my opinion it’s more pleasant to work with than cotton or acrylic. What is very handy about working with this yarn, is that it has a fuzzy look, but still is suitable for making a magic ring. Also, when you have an unchancy part, you can take it apart without too much effort. Especially when designing that is very convenient and saves a lot of yarn. Because of the fuzzy texture, gabs are less visible if you by accident crocheted too loose at some parts and the decrease and increase stitches become pretty much invisible. Another big advantage of this yarn is, the colour changes look very neat because of the texture of the wool.

There are some things that are good to know when you’re working with this wool. Because this yarn is 100% wool, I’ve noticed the thickness of the thread can vary a bit. I don’t mind it at all, because it doesn’t have a major effect on the outcome of your animal. Keep in mind that when assembling a doll and the thread has gone through some stress already, don’t pull it to hard, it’ll loose it’s strength.

I added a few images above to show the beautiful texture of the yarn and the result. Below you can see the texure of the colours. You can see the sheep hair very clearly in some colours, which gives my dolls their rustic look.

lopi yarn examples

To sum it all together, this yarn is perfect to crochet with if you like a rustic and fuzzy look. It gives a doll a beautiful rough texture but is neat at the same time. There are a few little things you have to keep in mind when working with this yarn but they haven’t got any effect on the outcome of your animal. The result will be beautiful. Here’s a link to Lopi’s website.

 

This is ultimate!

Yarn Yoshi

In the new Yoshi game for the Wii U, called Yarn Yoshi, Yoshi is an actual crochet doll. That’s so utterly cool! Look at it, everything is made of yarn, fabric and sewed felt patches. I love it, it looks so artistic and makes you feel all fuzzy. I wasn’t going to buy a Wii U, but this might change my mind about that.

I very much like the fact the designers of this game, combined modern technology with traditional craft. And it’s good news for crochet character designers too, because this game can make amigurumi and crochet dolls even more popular and give it a bigger audience. Way to go Nintendo!

 

Needle felted noses

Finding the right nose for crochet dolls and amigurumi sometimes can be a bit of a challenge. Needle felting is a great way to make the perfect nose.

You probably know the shape and size for the right nose, but getting it isn’t easy. For some projects an embroidered nose ‘ll do great. But some crochet dolls need a more specific nose, like a little ball for a bear or mouse, or a flat triangle shaped soft nose for a cat.

I’ve tried many things like flat felt noses to sew on, embroider with a thick yarn till it was round enough, or putting yarn around a safety eye to get the right nose. That all didn’t work out too well.

A good and quite easy way to make a perfect and soft nose, is to needle felt it. All you need is a thin needle felt needle and a piece of foam. To felt with, you can use the wool you crochet with. Just grab a thread and fluff the part of it you think you’ll need to get the right size nose. Don’t forget to leave a long tail for sewing. Roll it into a loose ball and start pricking it, till it is the desired shape and firm enough. It really works well, you can even needle felt it tighter or more in shape after you sewed it on your doll his head.

Here’s an example with what you need, two loosely felted nooses and the firm felted nose I made for my Forest Mouse.

crochet doll nose