Lately I have picked up a new hobby, crocheting cute little animals. First one I made was actually for a friend of mine’s birthday. It ended up being a baby flamingo as the yarn I got was very soft and reminded me of a little birds feathers when they’re still a baby. That was around Thanksgiving. After Christmas and new years I decided that I would use the crochet books that I bought a while back and see if they looked as cute if I made them as they did on the page. The first one that I made took me way longer than it should have it was a pink jellyfish that I kept messing up on and having to unravel and start over with. The end product was cute, but I didn’t have the right sized eyes, actually I didn’t have the eyes at all and ended up just using buttons.
The next crochet critter I made was a rainbow jellyfish, as suggested by some of my friends. It turned out very cute. By this time I was able to buy the actual eyes I was supposed to use on the pink one. This one was much easier, as I already knew what I was supposed to be doing. I may have over stuffed it a little and made the stitches too tight at a part of the body/head/stuffed part of the jellyfish, but I still think it was alright. The tentacles were a bit harder and I modified the pattern a little, rather than having three in the center and 6 around, I made 6 in the center and 6 around so that I could have each rainbow color twice. It was harder to fasten these in than the pink one too, because I did not have as much lenience on where I was able to sew them in. It also didn’t help that at the time I had misplaced my yarn needle so I had to use my hook.
The most recent project that I made was a squirrel. It was also a birthday present. This one had, a lot of complications too. The pattern called for having a felt muzzle, but I didn’t have felt, and since I am such a procrastinator, by the time I got to that part of the project, any store that
would have it was already closed, and I needed it to be done before I woke up the next morning. The next issue I had came after I finished crocheting all the pieces of the body and the tail. As the body was a different color than the tail, (the tail and feet were both dark brown and the body was a lighter brown) I had to use different yarns. Unfortunately I used two different brands without realizing how much of a difference they had in weight. Although I Probably could have gotten it closer to the pattern by using a smaller hook on the heavier yarn, I didn’t think about it until after the tail was complete. Since I was pressed for time, I did not want to unravel it. I ended up sewing it on and seeing the tail stick straight up about a head above the rest of the squirrel.
That night while I lay in bed, half asleep, I thought that maybe if I pulled the top of the tail down and kind of curled it the best I could, it might look cuter and more squirrel-like. I ended up doing those finishing stitches in the morning when I got up and I think it turned out alright, especially considering I had only really been doing this about a month.