This rolling crochet robot is a new adventure in toy making for me! As my grandchildren grow, their interest changes. Softies are great for babies and toddlers but practically 'grown-up' boys of 5 and 8 years old want more from their toys.
I've made an entire fleet of stuffed crocheted vehicles, but I never made one that would actually roll. But since I created Robbie, I think I can make an actual mobile car! And my grandson, Sam, has commissioned me to do just that. After seeing a short video of the rolling robot he said to his mom, "If she can make that, she can make me a car that rolls!" So guess what my next project will be? Look for it sometime later this month.
The inspiration for Robbie came from this shirt worn by a sweet visitor we had over the holidays.
[caption id="attachment_1117" align="aligncenter" width="164"] My inspiration for Robbie the Rolling Robot.[/caption]
I just thought this was the cutest thing! My robot really only slightly resembles the one on the shirt, but I still think my guy is pretty fantastic!
In order for this robot to keep his shape, I had to find a way to prop him up underneath the crochet fabric. Enter plastic canvas! I have never liked this stuff before, but I think I may be falling in love with it now. This opens a whole new world of ideas in my mind!
Yes, it is more work. But it is so worth it! So I'm excited! Make a comment with your suggestions on what I might attempt to make with these new ideas. I'd love to hear from you.