Monday, 2 February 2009

Crafty Catchup



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??

11 comments:

Louiz said...

Cool tortoise. And no, no one is too old to wear a top like that (says the mother of a three year old who wants a top with "everything" on it - glitter, sequins, rick-rack, ruffles, lace, and embroidery. Anyone over the age of 7 is too old for that:)

Diane said...

You may want to crochet yourself some tortoise shell snow boots ;)

Debbie said...

No. That fleece is just what you need on a cold day!

Holler said...

That is brilliant and so funny :)

Chef E said...

I could see some warn boots for the feet!

Oh no, a 'new' doctor again, or the same actor, I liked the first one, and think they changed him for a younger audience, and the first girl has made a hit over here with 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl', smut sells doesn't it...

Love the tortoise, I was never any good at crochet...small needle work I was...

Jenny Beans said...

Those tortoises are adorable, and really, I think the older we get, the more stylish those outrageous patterns become. :D

Cecilia said...

Holy smokes, you've got talent! To be completely honest, I was about to make a snarky remark about how if you gave me a pair of knitting needles, I would just use them as chopsticks... until I realized you said "crocheting" and I had to wikipedia-search it. See, I'm already putting your advice to good use!

Kazzy said...

Your craftiness is very sweet. I think those tortoises are so dang cute!

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CDB said...

Hm. Now I feel like I should state something profound.

Blogging brings out examples of profound youthful stupidity. Thanks for stopping by today to see mine.

Love the tortoise(i)! Lovely!

Emmie said...

I love the tortoise! You cant buy things like that these days which is a shame :)

The fleece is lovely, go make yourself a lovely jumper with it! x

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