Monday, 2 February 2009
I've started two versions of the crochet tortoise I mentioned earlier. I initially wanted to get Rowan Cotton Glace - I'm using that for another crochet project and I love it, it feels so clean and easy to use. I looked in the swatch book and they have two suitable shades of green so all was going according to plan but I simply couldn't find it in any of the shops. So I did what any impatient (crotchety?) crocheter would do and bought something else instead... then went home and ordered the Rowan from eBay.
Hence, two tortoises. You can never have too many tortoises, right? (A friend of a friend has six - live ones, at that!)
So while I was waiting for my eBay yarn to arrive, I started making my first tortoise-shell using the backup yarn. I was getting really worked up after about five minutes - it's the splittiest yarn I've ever used for anything. Somehow I still managed to make the six little two-tone pentagons needed for the shell, four legs, and a head.
As soon as the Rowan arrived I, ever fickle, switched to making the second one. Well, I made one pentagon. The colours on the Rowan are much brighter, and it has a much more solid feel to it, and frankly I just wanted to play. But - wanting a whole tortoise sooner rather than later - I decided to finish the first one before I let myself get too carried away.
So, pictures of the first nearly-finished tortoise:
He'll look a lot better once he has eyes & mouth sorted out. Also, because I decided not to include the pipecleaners (for posable limbs) I think his legs are a bit long, so I'll probably shorten them when i make the next one.
I also sewed a hot water bottle cover out of the most amazing fleece fabric - look at these colours!
Am I too old to make myself a top out of this??