The designer behind the Tilda brand is a very talented young Norwegian girl called Tonne Finnanger. There are a number of books in the range which are all very seductive. We know how those big colour craft pictures draw us in don't we? But this book does have some full size patterns as well, which are very helpful.
So helpful and seductive that my friend Anita felt compelled to try her hand at making one of the iconic Tilda dolls. I think she has turned out very well. Anita went to a recommended materials supplier which in hindsight we decided probably wasn't necessary. Using substitute materials would have reduced the cost of the doll quite dramatically.
I understand making dolly was time consuming and the knitting pattern was a little problematic but the result makes it so worthwhile. She's an absolute picture.
Meanwhile I've been trying my hand at a bit of faux taxidermy. I've always wanted to have a stag's head on the chimney breast above the fireplace in our drawing room. Something like this.
This beauty is from a company in Scotland called Deeside Knitwits.
After some Internet searching for a form to use as a base, I changed my mind and opted for a ram's head instead. Which is now complete and up in the drawing room but not on the chimney breast as it clashed rather with the wallpaper.
I'm super pleased with it. Friends that have seen it keep asking me what its name is. I'm darned if I know, it's definitely not Gordon. Any suggestions?