This is one of the best amateur patterns ever: Egg Babies.
About the only useful thing about my first attempt–other than verifying that the pattern does indeed produce an egg-sized and -shaped baby–is that I came up with the idea of swaddling it in a little granny-square blanket.
Back to the drawing board.
The next day, I bought felt. Got lucky, & scored some “light peach” felt at the craft store for nine cents a sheet. Armed with a pen, a nickel, the felt, and all my previous equipment, I came up with this:
Much nicer, and much closer to the look of the original pattern, but still some problems. Poor placement of the face. Since I couldn’t figure how to place my stitches on the opposite side of where I’d traced the nickel, I had to embroider it on the same side, & didn’t do a great job of cutting it out, so you can see (barely) the ink I used to trace it with. And the face is kinda iffy still.
Hmm. How to address the issues?
First off, get rid of the nickel. Too small. What else did I have laying around the house that was small–but not as small–and round and rigid? A quarter! Yes, I know a quarter isn’t that much larger than a nickel, but that little bit made all the difference. I didn’t get perfect circles, because my determination to avoid the trace lines (coupled with my lack of money for a disappearing-ink pen) meant I had to hold the quarter tight against the felt & cut around. But it actually turned out well.
I also decided not to embroider any more noses. It’s much cuter without. And I placed the face–and tacked it down–before reducing from 15sts to 12sts, instead of before reducing from 18sts to 15sts. Small changes, huge difference:
Good enough to make the girls happy, though actually they all were. There are now stuffed eggs scattered about the house. Much better than real eggs scattered about, I suppose, and nowhere near as stinky, at least.
Even Esther loves them.
The yarn, by the way is Red Heart Super Saver. It was also on sale. Off-white, if memory serves. The blankets are made out of Baby Econo, which I think is also Red Heart. It’s lovely yarn, but I wouldn’t use it for a real baby. Too scratchy.