Friday, April 29, 2011
Berry Bear and Friends.
perfect free pattern, which I modified a little---surprisingly, not by making it smaller, hah! I decided to try a different look for the ears, and the arms are a bit wonky because uh, I tried to frog one and the yarn broke, so I thought okay, nevermind, I'll just try to make the second one look like the first one. Which worked out okay, somehow. I knew the yarn's fluffitude would make it annoying to work with, so I was at least a little prepared for that. Not having a wire pet brush (which is what I gather is usually used to fluff your bear), I used a little plastic My Little Pony hairbrush, which was fun and ridiculous. I also added tiny ruffle trim to the dress, which helped me improve my tension working with smaller yarn/hooks. (Read as: it was really annoying.)
Yarn difficulties aside, I loved working this pattern, especially the little dress, which I did in cotton because I wanted it to have a completely different texture and look from the bear itself. I'm already dreaming of more bears---although perhaps not more brushed ones---mainly because I want to play with colour/fiber combinations between bear and dress. I think the next bear is going to be a sort of periwinkle blue...
Back in June or July, I was googling for images of octopuses and ended up stumbling upon this Squidoo tutorial, and got addicted. The basic construction, in which you crochet the tentacles (which get their great natural curl from a combination of single and half-double crochet stitches) and then join them into a ring and make the body in the round, is simple and endlessly adaptable. (E.g. tentacow & tentacat.)The first-ever one I made was the only one I followed the pattern exactly for, after that I started experimenting with tentacle length and the increases and decreases for the head/body. Each yarn or combination of yarns will work up differently, and it's so much fun to play around with. I definitely recommend giving the pattern a try and making a tentacle-friend of your own!
Amigurumi World (the book from which I learned to make amis!) and made it in half-size, so Bitsy and her egg are a little under two inches tall.
Go see what everyone else is up to at FO Friday and Fibers on Friday! :)