Warning: Do not read this will driving, eating, or drinking a hot liquid. It is best to be sitting down and to take a DEEEEEEEEEP breath. OK, you may proceed.
So, this week I kept getting the overwhelming urge to pick up some yarn and a crochet hook and practice some crochet. I had done this before back in October of last year. And I stopped b/c I got really busy with my looms and Christmas and all that. But my little swatch of single crochet always called out to me to come back and give it some buddy stitches of half double, double, and triple crochet. So, Wednesday evening I sat down and practiced. I did a few rows of each of those stitches until I was comfortable and moved on to the next. Once I felt fine with all four stitches I decided to do a simple project. A cute little bear that some of the ladies on the TeenyTinyTreasures group were making for preemies. Looked pretty simple...though probably not the best project for my very first item. I never follow the rules of yarn craft though. LOL!
I sat down and followed the pattern for the head, chaining 4 and joining in the round and continuing on like they said. Before bed I had the head finished! Woohoo. I did notice an error in the center of the head (you dc into each stitch on the chain and then chain 2, where this chain is....it leaves a hole in the head. I will just have to do some research and see if I am doing something incorrectly.)
The next morning I couldn't just pick it up and start on the arms and legs. We had to run Sir Thade to an appointment, so I grabbed a small skein of yarn and a hook and put it in my purse to practice some more crochet. Haha! I got home and picked up the body-less head, read the directions and completed an arm. This was pretty easy! I continued the legs and other arm and ended off the working yarn where they told me to. I looked down at the first side of my bear and saw this:
Go ahead....it is OK to laugh! I giggled uncontrollably for 3 hours afterwards. I really have no recollection of making the extra leg. I can't for the life of me figure out how a made that third leg without remembering doing it. ROFLOL! I sent the pic to Jenny and she looked at the pic before reading my message and thought to herself about it being a cute octopus....needed a face.
But it wasn't supposed to be an octopus!!!! See? I can't help but change someone's pattern!!!! LOL! I sat down with my very first crochet project and ended up creating a totally new pattern. Haha!
I came up with a simple quick addition to make another head and add 3 arms to it and got this:
I planned on giving the 'bear' to my nephew, who is only a few months old, when my sis comes to visit in a few weeks. But, I bet Dylan won't mind an 'OctoBear'. Yes....that is right, I am going to be adding the ears from the original pattern to the octopus to create an 'OctoBear'.
I am sorta glad that I messed up so badly. It will make for a very memorable first project, I had lots of fun (when I could get the giggles under control), and I get to give it to my sweet nephew, Dyl Pickle. Ooooooo! Idea! I need to make him a dill pickle toy, too!!!!
I hope that I gave everyone a very good laugh b/c I feel so happy inside when I see the 'creation'. I smile everytime I see it and I hope that Dylan does too. Oh, I just can't wait to see him!!!!
In other news, my Strawberry Sundae Hat class starts tomorrow so if you haven't joined my class already...go ahead and do so.
And Jenny and I are coming up with a top secret class (Ok, so it isn't top secret...but we are ironing out details and I don't wanna blab until the details are fixed) that at least some of you will really enjoy doing! I am hoping that a LOT of you will want to take the class...keep your eye on the schedule for the last week of March. ;)
Well, I am off to work on Chris' second slipper. He has been whining and bugging me for a few weeks. Ever since he busted a huge hole in the heel of his others. He really loved those slippers (the GrouchMan Slippers that I made him for Christmas). :D So, off to finish the second one so that I can get on with working more on our top secret class!