Brenda the Ballerina Mouse

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You don’t hear that name very often.

Brenda is what we have called our Ballerina Mouse.Ballerina Mouse

Isn’t she adorable?Ballerina Mouse

I used this pattern by Lilleliis on etsy. I original came across it via the Lilleliis Blog. If you are into crochet amigurumi take a look, you are in for a treat.Ballerina Mouse

Fabulous little details make this mouse very specialBallerina Mouse


And if you don’t know, courtesy of wikipedia, ‘amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, andnuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture. Amigurumi first started appealing to the masses in 2003. By 2006, amigurumi were reported to be the most popular items on Etsy, where they typically sold for $10 to $100!’

This DMC crochet cotton is courtesy of Minerva Crafts. This will be my ‘go to’ choice of crochet cotton for amigurumi from now on. The cotton creates lovely crisp stitches, Perfect for these double crochets. There are 60 (!!!) colours Ballerina Mouse

One ball of each was perfect for her. In fact I’ve bought another of the grey enabling me to also make ‘Rosie the Rabbit’ with what is left.

The pattern was incredibly clear and precise. I followed it to the letter and she came out looking exactly like the pattern image.Ballerina MouseShe took me a week of evenings and a sunny afternoon.Ballerina Mouse

This mouse will remind me of crocheting in the garden in the sunshine of 2014.Ballerina Mouse

I used some black safety eyes, also from Minerva. There is no shifting these when they are on so truly safe for a little one.

I’ll have the photos but not the finished article to remind me. It is going into my slowly growing Christmas present box along side Gerald.

Gerald the Giraffe
Gerald the Giraffe

I’ve already made a start on Rosie the Rabbit, another pattern from the same designer, using the same colours as Brenda.

Frilly pants bunny by Lilleliis
Frilly pants bunny by Lilleliis

Another quick and satisfying make.

Has anyone else started creating for Christmas? Or is it just me?

Love, Lucie x



  1. I can’t crochet a stitch so to me this looks like the most complex thing in the world to do! It is beautiful – I love Gerald as well! But I do sew and can confirm a box of felt snowmen, two fairies and a new pattern to make robins…….


  2. Oh yes! If you make your own presents I think you need the whole year to give yourself enough time to get them all done. Especially if several people have begged for crocheted blankets….


  3. Oh how I wish I could crochet. Brenda is gorgeous. I am only planning to make 1 Christmas gift this year which us for Eldest Mudlet and so won’t be blogged about until Boxing Day 🙂

    If I get it finished with enough time to make two more projects, I’ll look at something quick for the younger girls 🙂


    1. I like these little crochet makes as they take so little time and are extremely satisfying if you come across a good pattern designer. I couldn’t imagine knitting a whole garment for someone else.
      But then I’m probably a little selfish with my time!


  4. I love these crochet animals, I’ve made the giraffe and am tempted by that cute rabbit. As for making for Christmas I’ve decided not to do much this year as everyone got handmades last year so they can have purchased gifts this year.


    1. Although I love autumn, I’m not looking forward to losing the precious light in which to photograph my makes. We finally bought new garden furniture this summer so I’ve been making the most of it as a back drop.


  5. Brenda is fab, thanks for the tip on cotton yarn, I have been trying afew different ones and have’nt settled on a favouite yet so will give this a try, It certaily looks lovely. I have a head full of things to make for Christmas but so far have only made one! Better get back and pick up my hook post haste.


  6. Brenda is beautiful. Your work is magic. 🙂 Could you, please, tell me, which size of the hook did you use? I will try to do one ballerina.
    Happy New Year. Best wishes


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