Yes! Gentle Readers, this post is so special, it gets chapters! Don’t get that excited, it’s only slated for two chapters…but still, that’s pretty cool, isn’t it?
Meet our newest little darling, “Lacie Feets!”
Lacie is special on so many levels. For starters, she’s a miniature! Without her feet, she measures just three quarters of an inch across. With her feet, she sits smartly on a finger tip, and almost fits on a quarter.
She’s just a fraction of Uncles Chauncey and Earl’s size. Oh, yes, you caught that. I said, “Uncle.” You see, Lacie is not a little sister…she’s Chauncey and Earl’s niece!
Every Feets that comes off my hook gets adopted, by someone, somewhere. Lacie was immediately adopted by another of Chauncey and Earl’s sisters, Little Feets!
Do you remember Little Feets? She was in Silly Santa’s toy bag this past Christmas, a gift for my sister, “Ahm-Pee Memmie.”
Do you remember how small Little Feets is? Just about the size of a golf ball, she fit handily into Santa’s toy bag. So, it was a big surprise when I found out that B.H. Feets is not the only adult member of this family, but that Little had, with Mary’s outstanding parental care and tutelage, grown up and was ready to adopt her own baby Feets!
All I had to do was make the doll…and get her past Chauncey and Earl. It turned out that neither was such an easy feat!
I am “of a certain age,” (53) and my hands are seemingly years older. So, going into a miniature crochet project was a challenge to start with, as I’m currently working with no less than worsted weight yarn, and prefer super bulky. My new favorite purchased yarn (my own hand spun wool yarn doesn’t fit into this) is Lion Brand Hometown USA, a soft, silky #6 ROPE of a yarn that works up like a dream, with a size M or N hook. That yarn even stands its own against a size P hook!
Lacie used a size B hook, and a #1 yarn, rated “very fine.” Her hair was even finer, a lace-weight boucle, and her bow was made with a size eight pearl cotton, which is about the same weight as a size ten crochet cotton for making lace…hence her name.
I had no trouble with her head. That worked up simply and quickly. Without her hair and feet, Mary commented that she looked like the “Flying Brain” from some obscure fifties horror flick.
It was her feet that kept giving me the biggest challenge. I couldn’t get them to scale! Her feet kept coming out twice the width of her little head.
Finally, though, Lacie was born, with gorgeous orange hair in a pony tail, wrapped in a yellow lace bow, and ready to meet her uncles.
Of course, she had to be gifted with her bling, a “closey-peen” loop and a “closey-peen” to match. That is something that the boys insist on, unless the new Feets is slated for a small child or as a doggie toy. Here’s how it works…if Chauncey and Earl see the black plastic safety eyes, they ask for the bling. Lacie likes to wrap her pony tail around her feet, to keep warm…and to keep from tripping over her hair!
Chauncey and Earl could not believe how tiny she is. They looked down at her…
Then looked up at me…
Then, moved right in to cuddle and protect their tiny niece.
When they finally looked back up to me, they both said, “We can keep her.”
Now, those of you who have been watching Chauncey and Earl for a while, know that Earl’s sensitive nature is worn on his yarn. He’s a wee bit more conservative than Chauncey, in that he doesn’t just fly into danger without a look, for the sake of an adventure. He follows his brother. He absolutely idolizes Chauncey, and with good reason!
Chauncey seems to be a careless dare devil, and in some ways he is…but he does not just jump into danger, without a forward glance. He looks, and he quickly think things through. Why, you ask?
Because he knows his brother will follow him. He will not let anything happen to his little brother.
Chauncey wears his heart in his stuffing. You can’t always see the depth of it. But let me tell you, folks, my little guy has a heart and a sense of family and responsibility that rivals any super-hero toy out there. He’s the Buzz Lightyear-Winnie The Pooh-Captain America of the Feets family.
It just happens to be that the Animaniacs are his heroes.
So, I was ready when he put one of his big feets down and declared that he wanted to keep Lacie. Here’s how it went….
“Chauncey, Lacie has to go live with her Mommy, she wants to go live with her Mommy,” I said.
“You could be her Mommy,” he argued, ominously close to tears.
“But I’m not,” I answered, as gently as I could. My poor little hero’s heart was breaking. “Lacie was born from my hook, but she has another Mommy ready to adopt her and love her.”
“Me and Earl would love her,” he said, sniffing. “We would!”
“Oh, Sweetheart,” I said, now ominously close to tears, myself. “I know you love Lacie. I know you would take awesome care of her. But Little Feets is her mommy, and they need to be together.”
This brought up a studious glance from Earl, who was quiet up to this point.
“Little Feets,” Earl started, “She’s the one that went to live with Ahm-Pee Memmie, right?”
“Yes,” I answered. Lacie is going to live with Auntie Mary and Little Feets.”
“Can we go and see her?” Chauncey ventured.
“Of course!” I exclaimed. I bring you to visit with Nell and Lucky, and Scribbles, don’t I?”
“And didn’t you spend a lot of time Outside last summer with Squeaky Feets and Bug, the dog?”
“Yeaaaaahhhh…” Suddenly he brightened. “I remember Bug, the doggie! He carried Earl around by his head!”
“Yeah!” Earl chimed in. “Bug had my whole head in his mouth! It was kinda gross, but it was fun!”
“Yes, I remember,” I chuckled. “I took your picture!”
“Um,” Chauncey began, “Can we play with Lacie until she goes to her new house?”
“You most certainly can,” I assured him. “Relax, play, enjoy each other for a few days, and when it’s time for Lacie to go to Mary’s house, you’ll have plenty of time to say, ‘see you later.’
“Yeah!” Chauncey said, brightening. “See you later is not good-bye!”
“That’s right. It’s more like, happy trails.”
Hey!” Chauncey said, now my bright and happy guy again, “Can we go bun-gee jumping?”
“Nooooo,” I cautioned. “I think Lacie is way to small just yet for that.”
“Hmmmmm….how about circles and splat?”
“Yes,” I laughed. “You can all run around in circles and go splat. Look at her. It seems she’s built a nest atop Mount Earl!”
He looked, and forgot all about being sad, forgot all about being worried, and jumped in to play, because there was tiny Lacie, sitting sweetly on top of Earl’s head.
Stay tuned! Next up, Lacie goes home to Mama!