Okay, I know it may seem like I make only Lalylala dolls now - I am working on other things, but a lot of them are top secret projects that I can't talk about yet. All will be revealed in time, but for today...yes, I made another one! This time I decided to try Mici the Mermaid, and she's probably my favorite so far. We have about a million buttercups in our yard right now (which I love), so I thought I'd use some as props, and I love how these pictures turned out.
Mici is made of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in colors Cloud and Haze Heather (with a little scrap ball of dark purple for her girdle), and size 2.75mm hook. I also used a gold metallic thread mixed in for the tail and hair; it was really difficult to get a good picture of it, but you can see it a bit in the photo above. A tip on the thread if you decide to do this: make sure you buy a bunch of spools! The yardage did not last as long as I thought it would, and I kept having to go buy more. I think I ended up using about 6 spools of this DMC thread.I like using wool to make these toys, because it's kind of sticky and sets up well when you stuff them, but the downside is that you can't just throw it in the washing machine. I usually recommend that toys be hand washed anyway, to keep the stuffing where it should be, but it's nice to have the option if you're in a hurry. Still, the colors that Wool of the Andes is available in are hard to pass up, and it's nice to work with.
The body and tail were pretty easy on this one, but the hair was incredibly time consuming! Each little swirl is individually crocheted and then hand sewn onto the head...not quick process. This is her after the first row, about the time I realized this was going to take me a lot longer than I thought!
I've seen from some other people that they made their Micis a little bikini top to wear, and I also toyed with sewing or knitting one, but nothing I designed looked quite right, and in the end I just left her the way she was. I think it works! If you like my Mici (or want one in another color!, she's available to purchase in the Etsy Shop, or you can get the pattern to make your own over at the Lalylala website!
Have a great weekend everyone!