Last year around this time, I was in Japan with my boys. I have been thinking about the trip recently. I still remember what we did on each day.
It was a trip of a lifetime. We visited many places, stayed in nice hotels, ate fantastic food and my mum was still alive. Oh well, we must carry on.
On the New Year’s Eve, we were at Odaiba, Tokyo, and I met this little guy.
He was so cute and I fell in love with him instantly!
I mean the dog,
The sales person was very charming, too, I had to admit, and he was very good at his job.
He swiftly sprayed disinfectant on our hands even before we agreed to sit with the puppy. I had no choice than accepting the little one when he handed him over.
I didn’t grow up with pets. My family never kept anything except goldfish. I am not a cat or a dog person, but that day, I seriously thought about becoming a dog lover.
The puppy was a most adorable, precious thing in my hands. He kept licking my fingers and I still remember the feeling. The puppy was French miniature poodle and apparently, it will not grow any bigger than this size. You do not need to feed him too much or take him to walk too often. Perfect!
Unfortunately, we live in the UK and could not take him home. I didn’t have the heart to make him go through the gruelling long flight in a tiny cage.
So I knitted him.
When I show my boys my knit, they quickly see where I got the inspiration from.
It is made with fleecy yarn. I used Patons Babysmiles DK for this project. There are many fleecy yarns in the market and they come in two weights, DK (8-ply) and Chunky. I find DK is easier to work with.
Making stuffed toys with fleecy yarn is fantastic. You can achieve stuffed animal effect and seams are not visible. Your stitches do not need to be perfectly even because you don’t see them. It is very difficult, almost impossible to pick up a stitch if you drop one. I count stitches time to time and make sure I am not decreasing or increasing stitches without my intention. If I notice I have more or fewer stitches than I am supposed to, I simply correct on the following row.
I made more puppies.