I collect patterns for items that I’d like to make, but I often don’t actually make them until I have a home in mind since I’m trying to avoid accumulating too much more ‘stuff’ around the place.

I have wanted to make one of these for ages, but it was only recently that I realised it would make a prefect present for a friend  who is not feeling too bright at the moment. I’ve just heard that it has reached it’s destination, so now I can share it with you…

It’s made from 100% British wool, from two small producers: the pale wool is a mix including Lincolnshire Longwool from The Inkpot and the dark is Jacob’s wool from Tavistock Tastes and Textures.

If you want to make one of your own, the pattern is by the fabulous Kati Galusz and you can find it here and if you don’t crochet, there is a knitted version by Gabrielle Thériault here (NB I haven’t tried this one).

Have you made anything recently to cheer up a friend?

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  1. What a lovely little creature 🙂

  2. sarahfoto

     /  December 12, 2016

    Oh so cute! I love armadillos. My crochet skills are somewhat limited but I did bake a cake to cheer up my 97-year old neighbour the other day 🙂

    • I have had the pattern since before I could actually crochet! It was one of the things that I wanted to make when I learned, but it’s taken me years to get round to it!

  3. I make Peanut Butter Cookies rather regularly to cheer up the Dowager, but I’m not sure that counts… They take about 15 minutes to sling together and are tasty beyond all proportion to the effort involved, so I think it may be cheating!

  4. It’s a lovely armadillo and I’m sure it’s doing a grand job of bringing some cheer! I tend to make light catchers and send them out when I see a need – but I’ve sent none out this month!

  5. This is really cute. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen an armadillo in the armour, so to speak, but they actually rattle when they run…this one looks much more companionable.

  6. So cute. He reminds me of the naked hamster that was at the human society here in Portland that a volunteer knit a sweater for…the hamster became an internet sensation for a bit.

  7. What a wonderful little fellow. So cute as he curls up 🙂
    Thanks for the link, as I’ve just the person who I know would love this 🙂
    I’m in the middle of making a dragon and two teddy bears at the moment – I’ve hardly done any crochet for weeks, and now I’m going mad trying to catch up! 🙂

  8. This is absolutely charming. What a lovely gift for a friend in need of cheer.


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