Crochet really lends itself to working in 3D in a spontaneous way, especially when you work amigurumi style, in a spiral. There are some wonderful amigurumi patterns out there, and I’ve tried a few, but honestly I’m much happier making it up as I go along!
In one of my earliest blog posts I featured a captnip filled octopus that I made for my cats out of string, which was one of my first improvised amigurumi creations. Then came a dog for my niece, and Punkey the Monkey for my nephew for their respective birthdays, so of course their older sister requested a teddy for her birthday too. Well, I got as far as the head and the torso… and then I stalled. When I finally realised it was almost birthday season again I found that poor armless and legless bear and finished him! (As in gave him arms and legs, not taking him out back and shooting him…)
I had absolutely no excuse for taking so long to finish poor Brian, he worked up very quickly! I used two strands of Drops Safran cotton held together and a 3mm hook to give a nice dense construction. For some reason I did the head and torso in half trebles, but for the limbs I used the more usual stitch for amigurumi, doubles (UK terms). I think I tried half trebles just to see if it would work, and it was okay but not as dense as the doubles.
The other recipient of my amigurumi efforts is my Knit For Victory group (we now have a Facebook page!). Almost all of my crochet gnomes and Santas have now sold, so I decided it was about time I whipped them up something else to sell on the stall. Inspired in part by the whole WW2 knit for victory theme, but also by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight that takes place as part of the Airbourne Airshow every year in Eastbourne, I came up with these Air Raid Warden owls.
I had them finished in time for the start of Airbourne on Thursday, and not long after I left the Redoubt I saw the Memorial Flight pass overhead. It gave me chills seeing the last two surviving Lancaster Bombers escorted by of a pair of Spitfires. The politics of war is always an ugly business but we owe a lot to those who choose to serve their country.
I didn’t mange to snap any pictures on Thursday, but I did take these when they flew again on Saturday.
My favourite picture from this weekend was one I snapped on my phone on Thursday. It features my mum waving like a maniac at the Red Arrows.
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