Well, hello there cowboy. This is Obadiah. He was
Valentines Day present a couple of years ago. He was actually started to be his
30th birthday present but life was hectic and I didn't finish him in
time. He received him on the following Valentines Day instead. Gary
Obi, as we call him, is the opposite in process to what SomeBunny (who I posted yesterday) was. SomeBunny was created from a flash of inspiration; he was made quickly and without great detail. He was a gesture of a feeling, a little bit of humour and love to brighten
’s day. I really like
him for this reason. Gary
Obi is the opposite because I was very considered in his creation.
had spotted the pattern for a cowboy doll in the ‘Dream Toys’ book that I also
mentioned yesterday. He loves toys and continues to be very connected to the
five year old within himself. He still gets toys for Christmas and loves
looking at them. I think it’s the animation/cartoon obsessed part of him,
fascinated by this form of creativity. Gary
He had dropped a couple of hints that a cowboy might be kind of nice to have around the place. I made all the necessary noises about being too busy to possibly make anything as time consuming as a knitted cowboy for him, to throw him off the scent.
I secretly got to work behind his back. I got the wool I would need and I bought felt and the little buttons for his jumper too.
I knitted while
was in work and never pretended once
that I was doing anything special for him. For once I followed the pattern
obediently. I had never really made anything like this before so I wanted to
make sure I got it right. Gary
I printed out the templates for his hat, trousers and gun. All the clothes and accessories are hand-sewn. I deviated from the finish in the book in two ways. Firstly I knit a piece the same size as his head with a strand of dark plain wool and a strand of that hairy wool I have used in other projects. I wanted him to have a full head of hair and in the book the doll just had strands of wool sewn into place. Secondly, I gave him a much more detailed face. I gave him eyebrows, buttons for cheeks and a felt beard. I love a man with a beard and I wanted Obi to slightly resemble
. I cut a square of blue patterned fabric for a
neckerchief and tied it around his neck. Gary
His chaps are made out of denim (always worthwhile keeping that old pair of jeans) and maroon felt. I knit his miniature jumper with relish; I don’t think I have ever knit a real jumper before, never mind one for a doll. I love how it turned out.
It seemed to take an age to make all the different elements and to pull them together into the cowboy you see before you. I can’t imagine setting about making one every week or even every month for that matter. I think that is what makes him so special. You have to get involved with him; you have to commit to the process.