the pattern. My mom loves a happy turtle, and this is one of the happier turtle amis I've ever seen. The way the face is designed is an ends-weaving-in nightmare, but worth it!
here!) is Petunia, the weirdly cutesy-poo zombie owl. (...Zombowl? No, probably not, that just makes it look like "zom-bowl," which isn't a bad idea, really.) I wasn't planning on a pink-and-green zombie-owl, but when I was sifting through the eyelash yarns, this one just called out to me to go with the ghastly-green-fleck I was using for the body. Next up, a non-cutesy zombie-owl. I'm not sure how I like the effect of the coloured safety eyes rather than the solid black, but Ms. Petunia was clear that she NEEDED MOAR PINK, so I complied. You don't want to argue with a zombie-owl. Her little beak (in slightly-sparkly green with very subtle baby pink swirls!) is pretty sharp.
Camille shawlette/scarf/whatever. This is a crocheted version of the beautiful and popular Saroyan (and it totally tickled me, as a Bones fan, to be making a pattern named for/inspired by a character from the show!), and while I don't usually like crocheted adaptations of knitted designs that much---crochet and knit have such different properties, and often trying to reproduce elements of one crafting method in the other just...doesn't work for me---I think I might like the crocheted leaf-border better than the original knit version.
I love the way the colours worked up...sort of. The striping-ness of the yarn combined with the long rows of the shawl's midsection made for some too-bold striping on the leaf border. So I've learned a twofold lesson about what to do with the next one. (Because there's going to be a next one. This pattern is amazing, I definitely recommend giving it a try---even just swatching the first couple repeats to see how the leaf border just...makes itself, all pretty, is a really cool and worthwhile crochet experience. I've already swatched the beginning of the shawl two or three more times to see what it does in different yarns!) Lighter weight yarn in a more subtle-variegated (as opposed to self-striping) yarn. I'm thinking something in a peachy orange, maybe...
Check out some other amazing proejcts (some by much more experienced and impressive shawl-makers than I!) at FO Friday and Fibers on Friday!