Introducing Mr. Wool

Materials: 3.1 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky in Natural; 1 skein Knitpicks Telemark in Black; size 3 and 10.5 needles; the better part of a bag of fiberfill; an impressively decrepit old white t-shirt. Pattern: Bobble Sheep Pillow.

Time: One month

Cost: $15!

Sometimes, when you’ve become entrenched within a crafting community, it’s hard to tell if an item is legitimately cute, or just cute according to the standards of an enthusiast. But I think that the Bobble Sheep Pillow is legitimately cute. And squishable.

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“Squishable” really cannot be overemphasized here.

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Theo has named him Mr. Wool, and Mr. Wool now occupies the reading chair in the similarly-dubbed Cozy Reading Spot in our den. I realize the irony in knitting a sheep named Mr. Wool out of acrylic yarn, but I was able to get the yarn for this project for $15 from a big box store, while actual wool yarn would’ve been considerably more. Besides, acrylic should hold up better to the cats’ not-so-tender ministrations.

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The polyfill on the inside is encased within a decrepit white t-shirt, so it doesn’t sneak through the holes between stitches. The head is also lightly stuffed. The pattern only calls for two legs, but I made four, because this particular sheep pillow obviously strives for strict anatomical verisimilitude.

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I could see myself making a companion sheep in a charcoal gray if I got bored enough, but this is a project that took a surprisingly long amount of time until completion. Each bobble puts 15 stitches in the place of one, and that’s time-consuming.

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But worth it!

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