Just thought I’d slip by here to show I’m still alive. I’ve been well and truly (and extremely happily) sucked into the Pinterest Vortex. Surrounding myself with beauty, ideas and like-minded people has fed my soul and my mind is occupied with all kinds of creative possibilities. From tentatively trying out crochet again on a simple blanket at the end of 2010, I’ve found that my love for it has grown and grown and my ‘pinning’ has given me the confidence to move ‘off piste’ and try a few ideas of my own.
Like most crafters, I’ve been left with a stash of extra wool after crocheting oodles of baby clothes in the past year – if I can get my act together I should photograph them and share them here. The obvious way to use extra bits of excess wool is amigurumi (toys) so with some leafy green wool staring me in the face every day from its place on the shelf, I thought I’d start with a dinosaur. My favourite dino has always been the Triceratops so I gave it a go making one out of wool (as you do).
No pattern here – I call my technique ‘sculpting with wool’ (I made it up as I went along). :) I also didn’t bother to write down what I was doing. I’m pretty sure I could give any crochet fans enough pointers to set them on the path of making their own Triceratops (or whatever animal) and if I received a boat-load of requests (hah!) I might just attempt to write a formal pattern for Tracy Triceratops. So here she is … she’s just a baby, hence the baby nubs of horns (which I thought looked cuter than the clunking great things of an adult).
You may or may not know that we’re officially in a drought here in the UK but of course saying that only tempted fate – the skies opened and it has now bucketed down with a vengeance for days on end. With gales to keep it all company we didn’t much feel like going out this weekend so what did I do? I turned to Amigurumi and came up with the fiendishly clever plan to immortalise our cats in crochet. I had spare cream and brown wool so I started with the most obvious
target cat: Mollie.
Mollie is a veritable haze of fluff and fur so to convey that feeling I ran over the crocheted work with the cat curry comb in order to raise the fibres and make my Ami Cat look fluffier. Again, no pattern … just let me know if you want/need advice on this stuff. So here’s Mollie:
P.S. Only two thirds of my photos were showing up under my old blog lay-out. Don’t know what’s going on there but life’s too short for fiddling with blog foibles so I quickly plumped with this new theme …which may or may not look the same the next time you visit. Keeps life interesting anyway, doesn’t it?My next muse is Bo. :)