Sunday, 9 October 2011

How to wear a dead fox

I have vivid picture memories my Oma (my Dad's mum) wearing her Sunday Best, a tailored wool coat and a fox fur scarf. I'm not fond of real fox furs, the musty small of vintage fur and those fake glass beady eyes always put me off. However, I've always thought the concept is cool.
Oma (second from left) wearing the dead fox at Mum and Dad's wedding

Here are some of the best knitted dead foxes out there that I've found recently. 
Knitted fox scarf. Made by Eugenia Kim and available through Anthropologie. (Unfortunately they are sold out).
Nina Furher Uniques Knitwear
Pattern available from the Etsy store Pretty Flamingo
This is by an Australian Fashion label called TV.
By English Designer Donna Wilson
Knitted and Felted animal scarves by Mia Underwood
Crochet fox scarf pattern from Esty store Bees Knees Knittin
And finally two free dead foxes to knit for yourself:
From Katie Boyette at CaffaknittedThe Stone Cold Fox Scarf.

 And from Knitty Magazine, The Vegan Fox.
 My dead fox is still a long time work in progress (about 10 years or so). The design genesis comes from three sources both predating all the foxes I've since found on the internet.

The first was a visit about 10 years or so ago to the Royal Melbourne Show. The Head of the Household and I were looking at the prize winning knitting exhibits (especially the knitted toys and novelties) and I said I could do better (there was an overabundance of Jean Greenhouse dolls and toys which seems to be the knitted toy designer of choice for the over 80 knitting brigade). So he dared me to try.

The second was a pattern for a knitted tiger scarf which I had made. This comes from an early pattern book written by Debbie Bliss for Hayfield Yarn. (And I've just realized that that this is yet another knitted cat-like creature inhabiting my house).
As well as the tiger scarf there is a knitted bear and crocodile scarf.
Tiger in the grass
I think his tail looks like the keys on a piano
Close up of the tiger face

The third inspiration was some yarn from my stash. One ball in particular reminded me so much of a foxes tail. Another ball was foxy colours. Eyelash yarn had just become popular and one day I found some in a junk shop the exact red orange of a foxes coat. So I knitted the head and tail. I'm still working on the body...
Inspirational fox wool
A fox in progress
Foxy's Head: Needs a tongue and possible some wicked teeth
Foxy's tail
The reverse of the knitted body piece. It is actually a random mix of three different yarns knitted singly.

I should finish this someday. Dead knitted foxes appear to be trendy at the moment.

Jo-ann

1 comment:

  1. Wow, very cool. Though I don't think I'll be wearing a knitted fox on my head anytime soon.

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