Last weekend was a long weekend for us – I had all these plans to finish up some works in progress, especially my Graham Scarf, so I can start on some bigger projects. Instead, I ran out of the Stroll Tonal I was using on Friday afternoon (completely my fault, nothing to do with Erica‘s wonderful pattern.) Luckily, Jenny is also working on a project in Goldrush & had some leftovers! But this meant that I wouldn’t be able to work on it all weekend. And none of my other projects just seemed to appeal to me and I just fell into a blah mood.
So I decided I needed cute quick projects to make me smile.
First, I did a couple of the adorable Chubby Owls by Tara Schreyer. When Tara first submitted it, I thought it was such a cute pattern & couldn’t wait to make some little owls to have around my house.
Mine look very different than the originals – I used a worsted weight rather than sport for one thing, but that’s the beauty of amigurumis – you can use any size yarn & they still look cute! For the larger one, I used Wonderland Heather and followed the instructions for the medium size. The smaller one is in Canary, leftover from an afghan I made earlier this year. I didn’t have any white felt (or appropriate buttons) so I just stuck a couple of large safety eyes I had laying around. I also used Tara’s suggestion of using popcorn kernels to weight them down – what a great idea! This was a really fun quick project – the small one only took me a little over an hour to crochet!
Then I came across Susan Morishita’s free Juggling Cats pattern. And I couldn’t stop making them!
Each of these little kitties only took about an hour from start to finish and they were so much fun! I used various scraps of Swish Worsted again, including leftovers from the Owls, and 6mm safety eyes. I even had to make one to resemble my own tuxedo kitty, Rorschach.
Well, my kitty doesn’t have blue whiskers! I put catnip in a couple of them & will probably give them to her – she loves chasing balls & these are about the same size as her favorite toys. Otherwise they might just keep me company on my desk!
These cheerful little creatures made me very happy. I think I need to make more!