Stuffing For Brains

Edgar Von Schnuglehoffen, as the name suggests, is by far, my weirdest commission ever. It tops Painguin in sheer bizarreness.

This is approximately how the conversation went:
Me: [shows picture of hedgehog ami] I make things like this! But this hedgehog... I won't make again without charging an arm and a leg, because the spiny coat was [expletive deleted] to make!
Cassie: Aww! But it's so cute! What-- what-what if someone were to request a SHAVEN hedgehog?!
Me: It'd probably look like... a molerat or something.
Cassie: What if he had a frosting hat?! With a cherry! And sprinkles on top?!
Me: Well... that I could do... He might look funny, but...
Cassie: ^__^
Me: ^___^

Yes. So I made him. But I didn't have a needle small enough to fit through the beads I was going to use for sprinkles... so I used teeny, tiny jingly bells for sprinkles... which is really kind of a trade up. With such a strange creature, he needed a strange and fantastic name. During the making of, I decided on Edgar Von Schnuglehoffen.
In a note from Edgar's owner, she wrote:
  • Edgar resides on my bedside table, just so ya know. My kitties are constantly curious about him, but I fend off their inquisitive paws. Not that I don't think he could hold his own! Mr. Schnuglehoffen is quite able to fend for himself, I'm sure. It takes a tough hedgehog to be able to confidently walk about in the buff with naught but a frosting hat that jingles. *sagely nod*

Caron Simply Soft: Bone
Caron Simply Soft Brites: Grape

Edgar was Brought into Existence in August of 2009.
So... one of my best friends, who I am willing to do quite a lot for, requested a hedgehog after flipping through Ana Paula's book, Amigurumi World. Her favorite colors are black and hot pink, so I made the hedgehog in this bright pink color.

At the outset of making this hedgehog, I had no idea how very difficult it was to make the spiny coat for him. It's a very long process (and Ana Paula even mentions it in the book) and it's tricky, because you have to crochet the "spines" into an already completed object. So it's difficult to get the hook into the holes and then get the yarn through it. I declared I wouldn't make another for anyone without being paid to do it. (This guy was free, like most of the things I make.)
I was kind of sad when I finished and noticed that he's totally lopsided. The left side, in all cases, is lower than the right: the ear, the eye, the arm, even the spines go down lower. But once I noticed it, I quickly realized that the uniformity in the lopsidedness just made it look like he was tilting to the side and requesting a hug, so it made him a little cuter. ^__^ In the end, though, I was very proud of him, because he was such a challenge and turned out rather well, despite everything.

He was made with Caron Simply Soft Brites, Watermelon and some... off white/beigey Caron simply soft yarn. ^_^;

Mr. Hedgehog was made in March of 2009.