This past New Years Day, I happened upon the wonderful Squirrel Picnic blog of the very talented Jennifer Olivarez and was absolutely blown away by the cuteness of not only her signature squirrels Hodge and Podge, but all of the rest of her crocheted amigurumi characters she created. Jennifer likes to be challenged to make new things, and a few months ago, she asked her readers for ideas to tackle over the summer. I know completely zilch about the sewing arts, but figured what the heck, and threw out a suggestion to create a replica of my beloved Rainbow Donkey character. Jennifer not only accepted the challenge, but she totally nailed it!!!!
This morning, she officially debuted the finished product of her latest Make It Challenge…. the magnificent Rainbow Donkey! Included in her post is a detailed step by step guide on how to make your own Rainbow Donkey, as well as some background I provided on everyone’s favorite donkicorn, and even a brief interview with yours truly!
Please, please, please click on the link here to read Jennifer’s Make It Challenge post on Rainbow Donkey before you read any farther in my post!!!!!!
As thrilled as I was to see one of my characters I created actually come to life, I was even more excited when I found out that Rainbow Donkey would be my gift!!! He arrived this past Wednesday and has literally been at my back since then watching over everything I do on my computer. Although my cat Ody might beg to differ since he has no taste and dislikes everyone but himself, Jennifer did an amazing job of capturing Rainbow Donkey’s colorfulness, cuteness, charisma, and even his clumsiness!
Like my sneaky possum Buster, Rainbow Donkey has become a trademark of my weekly comic strip, having appeared somewhere in every strip I have drawn this year either in real life form, art form, or even as an accessory. In some of those instances, he has appeared in stuffed animal form…. and now, thanks to Jennifer, he can appear as a stuffed animal in your own home! Your kids, grandkids, neighbors, friends, and even your enemies will absolutely adore gazing up him, as it is impossible not to crack a smile at Rainbow Donkey’s adorable yet awkward makeup!
A huge and sincere thank you to Jennifer for bringing the Rainbow Donkey to life, and even capturing this week’s Saturday Squirrel honor in the process! I will treasure my Rainbow Donkey forever, and it would be an absolute hoot if Rainbow Donkey took over the world thanks to the brilliant pattern for him Jennifer created and has shared on her blog today!
Have a great weekend everyone, and to my Mom and Dad out there…. happy 40th anniversary today!!!!
OMG! She nailed it! Rainbow Donkey come to life! Since my crocheting ability is only slightly better than my knitting, it is unlikely I would be able to follow her directions and create anything close to resembling the fine piece of art she created. Ody looks great too! And Happy Anniversary to your parents. 40 years is an amazing thing!
As someone who knows more than a little about amigurumi, I pronounce this ‘totally brilliant” Such an expressive face and the eyes are a triumph! Who wouldn’t want one? I want one…where is my rainbow yarn? 🙂
Your comment put a smile on my face this morning, Gentlestitches! 😀
Thanks, Sharon! That means so much to me. Love “rainbow yarn.” teehee
I’ll bet the sell rainbow yarn at the Fair Dinkum Craft Shoppe that appeared in a recent comic! 🙂
I take 2 skeins!
I have no talent when it comes to needles bigger than one for sewing hems, buttons, or applique, and you can forget about it when it comes to crochet! That said, I can certainly appreciate the skill and talent that Squirrel Picnic put into creating Rainbow Donkey in 3-D. I also enjoyed her interview with you. What fun!
I can’t even sew a button, so the awe factor is off the charts for me! Did i look nervous during my interview, I’d never done one before! 🙂
Not a bit! 😉
You’re so very welcome. It was my pleasure to create Rainbow Donkey in crochet.This has been an all-around awesome experience. And I couldn’t have done it without you and your fantastic webcomic. Now I hope lots and lots of people use the pattern and fill the world with Rainbow Donkeys.
One last thing — thank you, thank you for sharing my Rainbow Donkey with all your friends. It’s an honor to be featured in the Saturday Squirrel (ahem, Unicorn). You are awesome! And happy anniversary to your parents!
It has been my pleasure sharing the awesome Rainbow Donkey 3D! I so wish there was a way we could mass produce this, because so many people seem to want one! 🙂
And btw, if anyone has an idea that they would like to challenge me to create, check out http://squirrelpicnic.com/make-it-challenge/ for details. I’m always up for a good challenge!
Rainbow Donkey is so cute! This is amazing! What a wonderful gift for you in so many ways. Make sure you show your mom! And congratulations to your parents!
Mom and Dad have both seen it, and thought it was too cute (well, at least my Mom said that!) Thanks, and thank you for sharing RD3D on your site!
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That is awesome! I want one!
Every good girl deserves a Rainbow Donkey!
I want one too!!
Can’t blame you!
pretty cool )
It really is!!
Absolutely stunning. I am glad Ody has a friend, the way you treat that poor boy.
I treat Ody like a king! Sort of a cross between Louis XVI and Charles I…
Very cute!! She really did nail it! 😀