Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Meet Hoot

My crochet hooks were feeling neglected, what with all the bunny nonsense going on around here, so I decided to pick them up today. I've seen so many cute stuffed and sewn owls floating around on Etsy that I thought it'd be fun to crochet one and put my own spin on it. There's actually a real one that likes to hang out in the tree outside my son's bedroom. We hear him at night and I've even seen him there during the day. We'll call him Hoot. This one's for you, buddy.

He's a little guy, measuring about 4" wide by 4" tall. I think I should make a giant, pillow-sized one too, what do you think? The fabric from his eyes came from the cute dresses that my girls outgrow. The hot pink is actually a fine wale corduroy. I love being able to reuse these because the patterns are so pretty.

Bunny update: in talking with my test knitters it sounds like the bunny pattern is coming along nicely. One caveat, tail is optional based on personal preference. He doesn't have feet either, so it's your call. And I'd offer this owl pattern as well, but I know how averse you all are to crochet, so I won't push. I don't think it needs testing anyway.

Recognize the yarn Anne Margaret? Yep, it was in the bag of leftovers you gave me. So far that's one pair of socks, one bunny (haven't shown him yet) and now Hoot. I'm keeping track, don't worry.

I've been so happy to have the computer and knitting/crocheting to occupy me these past weeks. I've done some online exploring that I otherwise don't have time to do, especially with the persistent dial up problem. I've added myself to yahoo and flikr and really have no idea what I'm doing. Someone contacted me through flikr yesterday showing me some neat bags she makes, but I have no idea what to do with that information. I've joined yahoo groups and have my flikr photos with the other knitters in my etsy knitting group, but now what? I realized I've just hit the tip of the iceburg and don't know where to go from here. Trial and error is my biggest teacher, I guess it will take me a while to get it. Just like I'm still learning things about etsy and I've been there for over a year! My kids will probably have this stuff all figured out by the time they leave elementary school. Scary!

Wish I had good news of recovery to report, but I'd say I'm about 50% better with the mono issue, but I caught Allie's cold, so that's a little setback. I'm determined to take Allie to school tomorrow and see if I can go somewhere, even if it's a quick trip to Michaels or something, just to get out of the house.


Pamela said...

I love him! What a handsome owl.

mindy said...

Have you been to Ravelry? I think they are still processing requests for invitations, but its . That should keep you busy while you're resting.
And that is a great owl.