Monday, November 26, 2012

Jolly wog blues

This poor maimed creature was brought to me by the short one for extensive repairs. He looked familiar and upon further enquiry she revealed that he had been offloaded  bequeathed upon her by her granny. 
In fact this jollywog originally belonged to my sister who is now in her thirties and was made for her by my own lovely Grandma, the one who introduced me to crochet.  

So we're looking at a jollywog, c. 1979 here. Can we rebuild him? We have the technology.
Fortunately, the same granny taught me to darn. This not a skill I have used often but it is fittingly the one we have used here for Jolly.

Note unidentified solidified goop which is insoluble but benign. 

Grandma's darning skills were far superior to mine. There may well be scarring due to the indelicate nature of my dog stitching do- goodedness.

There was also the matter of the c. 1979 stuffing which seemed to be decomposing inside him so we had to remove his innards and replace it with state of the art 2012 cushion filler.

His facial bits could still do with a little reconstruction as he has deterioration of the felt particularly in his saucer like eyes. All the better to see you with, Mr J.

After a good wash in Wool Mix he is drip drying in the morning sun outside. 
Reconstruction is a big decision Jolly W. and prohibitively expensive. 
You will, however,  get a 10% rebate from your private health fund who is putting up their premiums and happy to pay for your gym membership if you buy it on a Tuesday in a leap year on Mars.


  1. Brilliant ... the reconstruction and the wit :D

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  3. You've given him a second life! Great.

  4. I'm surprised they haven't jumped on toy health insurance yet. You could be a toy doctor though. Good work.

  5. My sister had a similar one that every time it needed mending, Gran just used to knit another layer and slip over the original. He got quite a bit longer and fatter over the years.

    1. That is a great idea. His white stripes are disintegrating around his girth so I'll slip a vest over him. Thanks!

  6. I'm glad to see your kids like a golly wog or whatever they're called now-a-days. Sad toys can be easily overlooked. I find it hard to not believe stuffed toys have personalities and feelings. That's a burden I wouldn't wish on anyone. Darning is such a handy skill. I like studying your close-up pic.

    1. It is a strangely meditative activity but, alas, I am a dodgy darner. Luckily it is not needed much in real life.

  7. JG has a new life.
    He may need new dentures as well I think.
    I was given a JG some time ago by a fiendish daughter - or it may have been to her father who has fond memories from his JollyGolly childhood.
    But she had crossed eyes (not the fiendish daughter), one leg longer than the other, and an aura of the dark side.
    In the cover of the same darkness I sent her about her business and have learned to ignore the plaintive queries of her whereabouts from the F.

  8. PS.
    He named her Rosy.
    Isn't that sad?
    Reminds me of Orson Welles and Rosebud.

    1. Some toys are just plain creepy like Bratz dolls. I have ingrained a healthy aversion to them in my girls.
      We had a home made clown that could have eloped with Rosy but I sent it for rehab at Ron and Brian's.

    2. Where the bloody hell's Rosy!? I spent good money on Rosy.

  9. Nice repair job. My sister had a little knitted gollywog as a child. So un-PC these days, but I wonder what happened to him.

  10. Reconstruction seems to have agreed with Jolly ... though the anti-liposuction component would worry me. I wouldn't like to come through plumper!

  11. Great work!
    How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
    Would be so rapt if you joined us!
    There’s a little giveaway too. :-) 

    Details here:

    Take care,

    Kat xxx

  12. I love the knitted doll and the jollywog is particularly appealing. He could choose to have his reconstructive surgery in Thailand and a little holiday on the side, I hear that is a popular choice for some.


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