There must be something very special about this pattern because not only was it a joy to make but when finished, this chook has something magical about it. A very calming presence – it’s no surprise these chickens were used for therapy after the fires.
I used yarn that I dyed and spun from a grey merino fleece. I’m not great with dyeing. I hoped to get a beautiful dusky desert colour but ended up with a muddy red-brown. Turns out the yarn was perfect chook colour! I bought the pattern online from Winterwood. The pattern has a lot of increases, decreases and wrap & turns. The tail is knit first, then you pick up stitches to make the body and finally knit a gusset for the underbody. The pattern also includes a wattle and comb. A light felting brings the whole thing together, creating a cohesive fabric. Acrylic yarn won’t work for this – it’ll need to be untreated wool to be feltable. Here she is waiting patiently. Stuffed with newspaper and plastic bags after felting to dry in shape. I stuffed her with polyester fibre fill but she was too light so I added a whole packet of plastic pellets as well. She already had natural presence but needed the weight to give her gravitas and dignity. About the size of a football, this chook fits snugly under the arm and was made for cuddles. You also get the feeling she has the wisdom of Solomon.