There’s a few more days left yet to get your entries in to amigurumipatterns.net‘s circus themed design competition and I’ve been getting a lot of nagging from a couple of puppies called Diggory and Dave who are desperate to join in the fun.
When they heard what the theme was they sat up and begged me to let them take part. Apparently it turns out that – having watched one too many videos on Youtube of Pudsey the dog competing in and eventually winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, they have been inspired to learn some clever tricks and get on the stage themselves. What better way for them to hone those skills and satisfy their thirst for stardom than to join a circus?
Well, I’m a sucker for a great big pair of doughy puppy eyes, and with two pairs to contend with I just had to let them get their way on this one.
I asked Tilly Mouse what she thought, as her whole family have been performing in the Big Top for generations. (Read more about Tilly and her sisters here). Tilly told me that the circus she lived with was lots of fun and everyone was very kind to one another. She promised to get these two enthusiastically bouncy dogs an audition and immediately began making them a pair of matching outfits.
Tilly finally decided not to follow in the family tradition and join the trapeze act with her siblings. She didn’t really like heights too much and preferred to concentrate on creating fabulous costumes for all the other circus acts instead.
I helped her turn a little corner of my studio into a creative space all for herself where she can sit and concentrate on crafting.
Now Tilly comes for crochet lessons and a nice chat whenever she can get away.
Mojo has a sneaking suspicion that a mouse may have taken up residence in the studio…
…but Tilly keeps really still so he won’t notice her among all the crochet! He soon wanders off for a nap and work can commence again.
It isn’t long before Diggory comes to pay a visit to see how his costume is coming along.
He loves the cute leg warmers and is very impatient to wear his stripy pointed hat. To speed things up he gets himself busy choosing the right buttons for it.
Dave comes to join them for a fitting too.
After a little discussion between them, Diggory decides to wear the blue cuffs and hat while Dave agrees to wear the red ones.
Mojo comes back to check things out but Tilly feels quite safe this time with Diggory and Dave at her side. I think Mojo just want’s a bit of the limelight too. Maybe he’ll be the next one to want to run off and join the circus.
Now it’s time to finish making the dancing props. Diggory and Dave think that hoops and balls will be a good start and before the day is up Tilly has made them a whole basketful of delights.
She is one busy little mouse!
All puppies love new toys to play with and these two are no exception.
They’re so excited when they see their colourful toys that they can hardly sit still and immediately start to rifle through, making a big mess.
Oh well, toys are for play, not display!
Time for them to use some of that energy and start rehearsing. They want to learn to juggle and dance at the same time. That’s sure to impress the audience.
I’m pleased to tell you that the rehearsals kept them very busy and stopped them chewing up the house and barking at the postman.
Indeed, all the practice sessions have resulted in a very special act called the Juggling Jig. It’s unique to Diggory and Dave and after an audition with the circus this week I’m thrilled to tell you that they have been asked to join!
Mojo, on the other hand, failed his audition. He has a bad cattitude and isn’t so ready to please as the dogs. Firstly, he wouldn’t wear a funny outfit and secondly, his only real talent is for breaking the world record for the most snoozing in a single day. Even though I could gaze at him lovingly for hours as he snores away I’m not so sure the general public would have found it quite so endearing!
Oh well, judging from his face it looks like Mojo may have thought better of his transient ambitions and is now treating the whole episode with the utmost contempt!
Diggory and Dave on the other hand, are over the moon at the prospect of an exciting new adventure. I’m going to miss them but what is life for if not for following your dreams? Go for it Dave! Go for it Diggory! I just hope they come back and visit whenever they can :-)
Do you have an idea for a character? You can find out how to enter and all about the prizes here.
The competition is open until Friday November 27th 2015.
Good luck if you’re participating and don’t forget to have your say by voting for your favourites from 1st December 2015!