Crochet and Sew

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”―James Herriot

I just had to turn off tonight’s debate.
Animals are better off.
In order to stay positive amidst all this turmoil, I have been working on fun stuff in my sewing room. Thanks to Tierney, my interest in crocheting has been reawakened. My mother is the one who taught me how to crochet. Back in the ’70’s, she and I would sit together and work on our own projects. She was my Youtube. Mom would start me off by showing me the stitches. Then, she would periodically check my rows and count the stitches. I made booties for an aunt in a nursing home, shawls for my MIL, mini Christmas stockings for my students, and oodles of afghans. My crocheting career ended when I got carpal tunnel.
Since it has been quite a few years since I picked up a hook, I have been watching quite a few tutorials. I thought it best to start small, so I began by making an animurumi owl. These crocheted animals are made with all single crochets, along with increase stitches. The tutorial by Bianca’s Crochet Place was very informative. The instructor had the right pace, and she explained each step. I have trouble counting my stitches, so the owl had one wing larger than the other. A little surgery was performed, and the owl now has two wings of the same size.
I then tried to make an elephant amigurumi. This did not turn out well. My stitch counting was so bad, I had made a body twice the size of the model on the tutorial.
Rather than start over on another elephant, I decided to make a bee! The tutorial, Hooked by Robin, is well paced and clear in instructions. This turned out much better than I expected. I messed up on the count at the end, but it turned out with a better stinger on the bee. I also learned about how to make a decrease stitch.
Since I still wanted to make an elephant, I started looking for tutorials on making fabric toys. I found a great tutorial and free pattern from Birch Organice Fabric. There was enough fabric left over from my dragon quilt for me to use in making this elephant
Making these animals sure helped to get my mind off this pandemic and election.
Stay safe.

17 thoughts on “Crochet and Sew

  1. That is the happiest looking little group of creatures. I admire your crocheting (I have learned twice and it has not stuck very well, I am sure if I tried again…I would have to start over!). The creatures look soft and huggable. I also like their small size. And the elephant is just great – those wonderful pinky red ears!

    1. Thanks. I had to relearn how to hold the hook. And making the “magic circle” just about did me in. I like to make things for my grandchildren each month. I thought these cuddly animals would be perfect for them.

      1. Have you looked on Ravelry? Out of curiosity I checked and if you search under Pattern, type in amigurumi, refine the search (at the left) by crochet (I also checked free pattern option, you could further refine by yarn size and so on). My eyes almost popped out of my head at the selection. Only wish I could crochet. I am now about to search under knitting.

      2. I can’t remember who told me about this site – I used it a lot when I was knitting a lot before my finger and hand injuries. Now that I am back to doing some knitting, I remembered it. Now I think I might try a knitted creature such as you are making, I saw they have patterns for them in knitting too!

  2. It makes me so happy that I’ve reawakened your inner crochet genie! Wow seeing all your posts on Instagram that genie is totally out of the bottle and whipping up a storm! Love your pieces!
    I won’t even turn on the debates. I do not want to rattle my psyche like that even for the entertainment factor. I am amazed you are working on amigurumi – that sounds very intimidating!

    1. I love Tierney’s art. Her blog is always so informative and inspirational. There are many easy to follow amigurumi youtube tutorials if you are interested. I found I was more successful in learning how to crochet these animals by starting out with the small, roundish animals.

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