Yarndale Purchase Coming to Life

Hi to all my lovely friends, I have not posted for a while as I have been catching up on life after a very busy summer. But never fear I have still been quietly hooking away for an hour or so in the evenings, I don’t think I could unwind after a long day without a hook in my hand poised to create!

Crochet Donkey Angharad 3

I went to Yarndale with one of my yarn bombing buddies and we had a wonderful day wondering up and down the aisles taking it all in. The train journey there was extended as we had to be coached in for part of the way due to work on the line but it was definitely worth the hassle.  And Tajana, I must thank you again, I wore my lovely crochet rose pin, as promised I wore it on my day out and got several compliments.


We both bought this pattern book, Edwards Menagerie, the designs are so very simple but aren’t they adorable?

Edwards Menagerie Pattern Book

All the amimals were made up in very natural colours, which was great, but not really for me, so my interpretation and Angharad the donkey has a bit of colour. I am sure it won’t be everyones cup of tea but I like him with his colourful bits.

Crochet Donkey Angharad Head The pattern is very simple and easy to make but has so much character. Who would have thought black plastic eyes could look so soulful?

Crochet Donkey Angharad Back My favourite bit is his mane and tail. I think I may have sewn his tail on a bit high looking at him in this photo, oooops!

Crochet Donkey Angharad Tail He has a nice round tummy that gives him a really cuddly feel, then his arms and legs are only stuffed in the very ends which makes his limbs very floppy and easy for little hands to hold. I am sure that I will use this book over and over again, I am thinking of making the floppy bunny next.

Crochet Donkey Angharad 2

The pattern rather reminds me of an image from the Winnie-the-Pooh books, the one where Christopher Robin is walking up the stairs holding onto his bear by the paw and Pooh is just hanging there all loose limbed. Do you know the one I mean?

Winne the Pooh

27 thoughts on “Yarndale Purchase Coming to Life

  1. Karen November 5, 2014 / 13:26

    I think your color choices made he so cute. 🙂


  2. KerryCan November 5, 2014 / 11:41

    You deserved a break from blogging, after that yarn bombing extravaganza! Your donkey is adorable and, yes, the Pooh drawing says it all!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 11, 2014 / 20:54

      Thanks for your kind words, I have just been so busy these last few months but am really missing posting more regularly. I do hope to be back to regular post soon, I have lots to share, just need to write it all up.


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 11, 2014 / 20:56

      He is sat on our mantlepiece in all his colourful splendour. I want to make the rabbit next, she has great long floppy ears.


  3. lovelucie1 November 4, 2014 / 12:21

    He is absolutely adorable. So full of character and the addition of colour set him off really well. I saw the book but now I’m really tempted!


  4. thehouseofjones November 4, 2014 / 09:02

    How wonderful! I too saw the book at Yarndale and was thinking just this weekend of getting it for a friend for Christmas – and maybe one for me too! I agree that the animals need a little more colour. Love what you’ve done.
    Jones x


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 11, 2014 / 21:06

      I love all the patterns so would definately recommend the book, all the patterns are quite simple. The bodies and lags are the same for all of them so once you get the pattern in your head I think you could rustle up quite a few with ease. I hope life is going well for you and your little family.


  5. littleblackdogsa November 4, 2014 / 07:36

    He is gorgeous. The colours also work for me, it makes him special. Indeed, the eyes are so alert, looks right at you. Love the mane, it just finishes him off. 🙂


  6. nicolaknits November 4, 2014 / 01:35

    That is adorable! Love it.


  7. rainbowjunkiecorner November 3, 2014 / 22:16

    Your donkey is adorable. I know what you mean about the lack of colours. Someone in our Friday craft group has bought that book and now wants to learn to crochet so she can make them. We did suggest she may need to practice a bit first!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 11, 2014 / 21:15

      Thank you. I really admire your friends resolve! If she starts on the legs and body she may be ok but someone may need to guide her on how to increase and decrease. If she is already a crafter I guess she will pick up crochet quickly. Good luck.


  8. Tajana November 3, 2014 / 21:49

    You moved me to tears with your words!You really really did!And make a hard day so joyful at its very end!Thank you so much,dear Geraldine! ❤ ❤ ❤


  9. Vix November 3, 2014 / 21:24

    Isn’t the book fantastic? I’ve made seven already and am planning more. So quick and easy and dreadfully cute 🙂


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 11, 2014 / 21:23

      Absolutely! Just been and taken a peak at your lovely animals, they look great. I love the glitter on Batty. I love them all, next on my list is the Rabbit you have made and the Jack Russel for a friend.

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    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com November 11, 2014 / 21:27

      Thanks, I am so excited about making more of the other designs too but after I saw you post about the scheepjes cal I couldn’t resist and sent for the yarn, I think I am crazy, as if I didn’t have a long enough list already! I am loving it though so thanks for sharing.

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