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Estonian Sheep Puppets

Lovely Estonian animal puppets knitted from handspun yarn

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When Carol Rhoades first saw Anu Kotli's knitted Estonian hand puppets, she thought how beautiful they'd be in handspun yarn. The result was this collaboration.
Finished Size: 9 1/2" tall and 10" circumference.
Fiber: Each puppet uses 2 1/4 ounces Shetland wool pin-drafted roving (obtained from Julie Guilette, Bramble Wool Farm, 265 Truway Rd., Luxemburg, WI 54217; The flock's colors are Shetland black, dark moorit, gray, and white (the white is 11 percent angora).
Yarn: About 1 ounce each of two contrasting colors of 2-ply Shetland, 88 yards per ounce, 15 wraps per inch. Also small amounts of yarn for embroidering features and 1/3 ounce waste yarn (raveled knitting works well) for stuffing head.
Yarn weight: #0 - Lace
Gauge: 8 sts and 9 rows = 1".
Needles: Set of 5 double-pointed needles, U.S. size 0 or size to obtain gauge; tapestry needle for embroidery.
Originally Published: Spin Off, Summer 2006

SKU: EP1784

Author/Speaker/Editor: Anu Kotli

Format: eProject

Customer Reviews

Love it ! Review by KnittyNita

Loved knitting this pattern. Found the face embroidery a little tricky to get right, but I used YouTube videos to get technique advice on how to embroider faces.

(Posted on 6/10/14)

Wonderful puppets! Review by Catherine Knox

I just love the look of these puppets! I am working on my first puppet now and I am finding it quite challenging - but I am not a very experienced knitter, so others may find it easier to follow. I hope to make several for my children and as gifts to friends.

(Posted on 5/17/10)