It all began quite innocently enough. I was away on a lacemaking weekend with my friend L in Folkestone last November. Another dear friend J came down to visit me on the Saturday afternoon.
Now, the lovely J is a wonderful lady. Incredibly talented and creative and an accomplished knitter. Every time that I see her she has her latest creation squirrelled away in her handbag. Usually together with a box of cakes, cookies or fruit too when we have one of our regular meets for a cuppa in her local coffee shop. It’s a little like a visit to see Father Christmas waiting to see what she has hidden in her bag this time.
This weekend was perfectly timed for me as I was just poking my head back out into the world after a bit of a dark time. j arrived just as we were finishing lunch and as it was a nice day we decided to take a walk down the zig zag path that is near to the hotel and along the little coastal country park. As we headed off J introduced me to her two little birdy friends that she had brought along for the trip.
Now, one of the other things my creative friend does is to take her animal creations and photograph them in different situations. These sometimes find their way into little story picture books that go with the creatures, often to her great nieces and nephews.
We had a lot of laughs that afternoon along with more than one or two funny looks from passers by as photographed this little pair of birdies on their trip to the seaside. All too soon it was time for J to head for her train home but before she left she said that she felt one of the birdies should stay with me. It was a tough choice to make but in the end little Pinky stayed with me, she helped me with my lace before a well earned sleep in my room.
Here are some pictures of these little cuties.
Little birdy friends
Playing on the rocks
They found a friend
Gazing out to sea
Those waves look a bit big and scary
J taking pictures
Me taking pics
Helping with my lace
It’s been a busy day for a little birdy
So. What has this long winded tale got to do with Owls and Unicorns?
Well. The little birdies got me thinking. Having some yarn still left over from my ripply blanket and stripy bag, I had been looking out for projects I could do to use up the left over scraps with. I liked the little birdy idea and being a bit of an owl fan it seemed a natural progression. I also wanted to try my hand at amigurumi – a crochet technique where you work in rounds – A little search on Ravelry and I came across this simple little pattern. A few tweaks and I made this little owly my own.
My first little owly
As more people saw these little owlies I was inundated with requests to make them for people. I have produced over 60 little owlies now although I have now lost count a little. I also made a couple of larger ones, a couple of smaller ones and a super tiny one which is strictly a one off. Not to mention a sparkly Christmas owly and a smurf owl as part of a running joke with a friend of mine.
Here are some pictures of just some of the owlies that I have made to date.
Watching a new owly take shape
Some of the first batch
Production line time
Production line time 2
Ready to fly the nest
First complete batch
Larger owls plus a smaller one
Some of my owlies sent pictures of themselves in their new homes. Here are a few of the pictures I received.
Home to roost
This stash busting project did backfire somewhat as I ended up needing to buy more colourful yarn supplies to make up all the requests I received.
Whilst looking around for more amigurumi projects to try I came across this very sweet little unicorn. One of my sisters has a bit of a thing for unicorns so I decided at Christmas that I would make her one. However, once made I could not bear to part with it so had to quickly produce another to give to her.
A matching pair
A matching pair
I placed her unicorn in a prominent position complete with a label with her name on when she visited for my son’s birthday at the beginning of January. Again, once people saw the unicorn I was asked to make more. Am up to six so far with another one on the way.
Another crochet pattern that I found online was one for a rainbow hippo. Some said it looked more like a horse or donkey but most agreed it didn’t really look like a hippo. My son decided to call him Kevin. This was quite a challenge and I had to tweak the pattern quite a bit in order to get it to work for me. I also didn’t have the rainbow colours in the right kind of yarn so made him with what I had.
Would you like to meet him?
Here you are then.
He’s a bit of a dude isn’t he?
I was thrilled with him and everyone who saw him instantly loved him. I very much didn’t want to part with him although I was eventually persuaded to leave him with my mum who was at the time recovering from a broken wrist. She insisted that it was he who hid behind the cushions in the night and nothing to do with her.
Hmm. I wasn’t convinced, but I let him stay and he soon made himself at home.
So now Kevin is very happy in his new home.
Are you still here? Did you make it all the way to the end?
Well, it’s not quite the end of my crochet update. But I think I’ll save that for the next post.