I have been wanting to make another wild thing but HAD to wait until after Christmas. I have this whiteboard with all these ideas for new patterns. There's lots of ideas that never quite make it into the yarn. When I decide to actually create a doll, I make a sketch and kind of map it out how I think I will make it. I jot down how many stitches in a row, how many rows will repeat, what color yarns I'm going to use, etc. I've had Douglas in that stage for a...ahem...very long time.
I finally got around to actually making him and I love him! I tried a few shortcuts for his head feathers. They all looked terrible. I tore up lots of yarn trying to make a quick fix and have it look accurate, but I finally bit the bullet and crocheted each one individually in keeping with the character in the book, and I'm glad I did! I took pictures this evening and it was already getting dark outside. I like to use natural light only so most of the pictures didn't turn out to be usable. When I do get all the pictures I want tomorrow, the pattern for Douglas will be in my etsy shop!
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