…and by this, I mean the ones I made that I was unable to post about prior to Christmas for fear of spoiling the surprise!
For Destin, I crocheted two honey bees, and just to be a dork, I put a pink bow on the head of one of them. The pattern is by Diana, over at MyGurumi. I initially tried to start crocheting the first bee while I was still at home on medical leave from my surgery, but I discovered that pain pills and crochet patterns aren’t a good mix. I don’t think I got any of the actual stitches wrong, but I crocheted way too tight so the shape was all messed up. That first try went in the trash, as I’d cut the yarn between color changes, making it worthless to frog. I had much more success with the second and third attempts, but I’m still tempted to go back with thread/fabric stiffener to give the wings a little more body.
The other gift I was unable to post about before is the little crocheted cat that I made for my dad’s fiancee Karen. I had adopted her fluffy cat Mia back in May, as she was not able to keep both the cat and my dad due to allergies. For Christmas, I found a pattern for a crochet cat, modified it just a touch, and voila, a mini-Mia! I wish I’d been able to use fluffy yarn, but that stuff is a nightmare to crochet with, especially on tight stitches – it’s very difficult to see your previous row to follow directions like “sc 4, inc, repeat”. I’m happy with how the mini-Mia turned out, and I sewed its tail to the side of its body so that it would sit with the tail curled like Mia always does. I also framed the first photo below of Mia with the mini-Mia under the Christmas tree. I tried several shots, and Mia looked the least disgruntled in this one. With her eyes being the only part of her face that is not solid black, she looks pissed off in most photos… and most of the time in general. I would also like to note that I (narrowly) avoided the temptation to trim Mia’s fur to stuff the toy cat…
I do think that I need to learn the settings on my camera better… I’m planning on giving it a workout this spring and summer with our new house and some plans for the garden, which will be fantastic for the print-it-yourself greeting cards I got to send to my grandma. I’d been sending her postcards I’d had printed at Office Depot, but I would much prefer to be able to take a photo and send it off that day if I wanted to. It should be a fun year!