I created this blog over two years ago but I have not been very actively posting much. Among the most early posts, the ones that are floating on the internet for more than two years, the cactus crochet tutorial has been clearly the most popular. This post pulls in a steady 20+ views per week (which is huge for me because most of my posts have not been viewed for more than 10 times in total).
Since I made my
resolution to post more (first of September this year) I have only been
posting sewing projects. Although I sew a lot I also still crochet, but
I have not posted about it. I hereby show you all my crochet
accomplishments of the last one and a half month together.
August I bought the book Edward's menagerie and I have been crocheting
from it ever since. I love the book so much! I now have created six
animals from it (the average amount of projects I make from a book is
below one) and I will make more for sure. I did not post about them
because my animals are not new, or different compared to the ones from
the book. Sewing posts are different that way because you usually, at
least, have some new type of fabric compared to all the other ones
floating around on the web. Your sewing project is original if you
consider the whole package even if you followed the pattern to the
letter. Keeping that in mind I feel that I can post my six animals
together, as a unique inspirational package (and one of them is actually
different from the book).
The middle animal that has a head
resembling a squirrel is actually a beaver. The favorite plush animal
of my middle daughter is a beaver and she really wanted a crocheted
version. I had to come up with a tail (which is the thing that sets a
beaver aside from a squirrel),
which would would have been relatively straight forward if the tail did
not had to have different color on each side. When I started the beaver
I tried to get away with a brown belly, but after six rows of brown
belly my three year old pointed out to me that the white belly was
missing. Her beaver has one, and she doesn't care that the ones in the
wild do not. I therefor did not dare to make a one colored tail. In the
spirit of the pattern I tried to make a continuous tail (not making two
separate and sewing them together). This resulted in some color leaking
on the sides. By adding an extra row of singles I could hide them quite
well. If you are trying a beaver I do recommend to either choose one
color or have two halves. Either way my daughter loves her extra friend.
other part of this post is a recycling project. I cut up one of my
husbands old white shirts and turned it into t-shirt yard and crocheted a
potholder. I had seen these great coaster, but neither me nor most of
my friends use coasters. But the idea does work great for a potholder I
think. The snowman melting down due to the heat of the pot id much more
logical right than being squashed by a soda, am I right?