Mopsy Bird: A Tale of Two Chickens

So it’s been a while, but if you’ve read my blog you are likely familiar with Mopsy Bird. I had been looking for an excuse to knit this particular pattern for ages, and I’m glad to say, I finally got one earlier this year.

When my Best Beloved and I started planning our wedding, we talked about whether to include a bouquet toss. Not only did it not really feel right (the traditional idea of women clawing after being ‘next’? No thank you), my bouquet had a lot of pipe-cleaners in it and quite frankly would have been a liability if it went flying through the air towards peoples’ faces. I didn’t want to spend my wedding accompanying someone to the emergency room (or at least feeling guilty for NOT accompanying someone to the emergency room).

At the same time, some friends of ours had had a running joke about playing ‘wedding chicken’ with each other. One was given a white dress, the other one would point out rings. In fact, when I was told about their engagement it was with a message saying ‘R just won wedding chicken.’

I’m not quite sure how, but out of these two circumstances an idea was born.

The wedding chicken.

Anyone could go for it, and whoever caught it would win the right to play wedding chicken with their partner (or future partner).

At first I thought I would find a rubber chicken, but then the solution became obvious.

The result was this. Behold! Mopsy Bird the Wedding Chicken.


Image by Veronica McLaughlin Photography, all rights reserved.


Mopsy Bird was very popular at our wedding. And when our wedding-chicken-playing friends got married, I made one for them too. Behold Mopsy II: Electric Boogaloo, with the bride- my beautiful friend Nik.


My goodness, but Mopsy Bird II got around. In a bunch of photos, including with a lot of people who didn’t in fact catch her. I’m so proud. If you’re looking for an alternative to a bouquet for throwing, I highly recommend Mopsy Bird. She is quick to make (chunky yarn people!) and very aerodynamic.

Also, explaining why you have a ‘wedding chicken’ is a LOT of fun.

4 things about crafting your friends will want to know

Hi. It’s been a while, so I thought I would ease myself back into this whole blogging shenanigan (what? It’s one thing. Therefore it is a singular shenanigan, not the plural. Grammar is important, yo.) with the questions you all get asked when someone finds out you enjoy making things- and my answers.

Did it take long?

This, my friends, is up there with ‘did it hurt’ as a question asked of those of us who have tattoos. Crafting may not involve inserting needles into your skin repeatedly- or at least, it doesn’t include that deliberately (we’ve all made our blood sacrifices on gnarly projects, and if you haven’t…give it time). Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn’t, but the thing I love about this question is people are always impressed by the answer. If it didn’t take long then wow, it looks so complicated. If it DID take ages then wow, such dedication.

Can you make me a…

Lets face it, that question is usually finished with something that will take a lot longer than the person asking expects. Yes, I can. Whether I *will* is another matter.

Why would you make that?

Now, there are two versions of this question. The first version is the one that continues ‘you can just buy…’ in which case the response is yes, I could. But *this* project that I am making is better than store bought because it will (theoretically) fit better, and be more in keeping with your individual style.

The OTHER version of that is ‘WHY WOULD YOU MAKE THAT?’, usually accompanied by you having just finished something like this:

Image shows knitted hats that look like animals looking at you from the back. WTF people.

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The best response to this question, in my honest opinion, is to chase whoever asked it around whatever room or building you happen to be in while wielding it. Comedy gold.

But honestly, if you’ve made something weird then I’m not going to judge. I’ve made two Mopsy Birds now (more on that in a future post). You do you.