I had a birthday recently, and received a book called “Kawaii Amigurumi” by Sayjai Thawornsupacharoen. The cute (‘kawaii’ or かわいい in Japanese) creature below is based on one of the designs in the book. I used the patterns for round heads to make the septic eye, and improvised the optic nerve. The eye was requested by someone I can’t believe I’m related to. She thought the eye was cute too. Can’t see it myself <shudders>. I didn’t have quite the right colours, and I made the iris too big but she loves it anyway.
I met a lady recently who is a prolific crocheter. She bemoaned the fact that people don’t seem to realise how much time and effort go into handcrafted items. She told me about the time she went round to a friends’ house and saw the crocheted blanket she had made for them in the dog’s basket. I then had to tell her about when a certain member of my household (who shall remain nameless) gave my hand-knitted cable cushion to the cats to sit on. It got so smelly and covered in cat hair that it ended up in the bin.
Anyway, I just wanted to share some pictures of my crocheted items in the hopes that someone in the blogosphere will appreciate the work that went into them. The blankets in the first photo were made a long time ago, pre-Internet. The blue one is like the classic granny squares blanket except that it uses Hawaiian stitch. The blanket in the foreground uses a clever triangular motif that I got from a magazine. The central panel of the blanket in the second photo was based on a pattern I found on the Internet. Here’s a link to it. It uses American symbols so if you’re on my side of the pond you need to convert sc to dc, hdc to htr, dc to tr, tr to dtr and so on.
The amigurumi is my own invention – hence the slightly demented expression. He’s supposed to be a lion cub. Look, I know they’re not blue with white bellies but I was going for cute rather than realistic, okay?
The final item is a make-it-up-as-you-go-along cape I made recently for my daughter to wear on a special occasion.
Do you have any stories of unappreciated handicraft? If so, please leave a comment and we can commiserate together.