Last Wednesday night we stayed after work and made some Joulupukkis (Yule Goats). It was a lot of fun and definitely not something anyone had ever done before.
I brought back these huge hanks of paper yarn from Finland, and instructions on how to take the hank, open it up, bend, tie and cut in a specific sequence, and end up with a pretty cool Yule Goat.
|Shawn wrangling the paper hank|
I had made one in Finland the week before so I would know what I was doing. But even after making it, I still had to refer to the directions a few times!
|Polly trying to get the back leg curve just right!|
|Barb and Michele hard at work on the heads|
|Forming the face|
We had a lot of laughs. Michele's goat looked like an anteater at one point, and she was concerned she was doing it wrong!
|Michele with her anteater|
Of course she was just being a perfectionist, and once she reshaped the head and trimmed the paper around the face, it looked great and she felt much better.
|Trimming the feet|
|The Cleanup... this paper is good in place of Styrofoam peanuts! Maybe you'll find some in your next package...|
In the end, each goat has its own personality and size, based on where the ties where placed, how tightly they were tied, and how long/short the paper was cut.
|The finished products from the front...|
|... and the back!|
Michele named hers "Clyde" and sent me a picture of Skitz and Clyde, nuzzling in front of the fire:
|A romance in the making?|
Next up, figuring out how to make these out of a different weight of paper yarn, and reducing them to the size of a tree ornament. Stay tuned!