Crocheted chicken

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates Easter! πŸ˜€

I didn’t have time to make any Easter crafts (although I would have wanted to). I’ll do some later and save them for next year…

Anyway, the little crocheted chicken is of course a kind of Easter craft, but I will let him stay in the room all year. He doesn’t have to go into the box with all the other Easter decorations. πŸ˜‰

I crocheted him freehand, using no instructions. I struggled with the feet, and tried several different types. But I finally ended up with flat ovals.

I have some different colored googly eyes, so I decided to use yellow googly eyes for the chicken.

The body and the head is in one piece, so it looked like it had a long neck. That’s why I decided to add the bow. It’s just a strip of felt that I tied around his neck.

Well, I’ll see what I’ll do next. I still have some unfinished projects that I should make some progress on… But now it’s very late and I need to sleep.

Freehand troll crochet

It’s time to present my troll! πŸ˜€

Apparently it is a female troll, as it got a dress! πŸ˜‰

Lots and lots of strands for the hair. It’s a mess in the back, but I think trolls have messy hair… Part of the hair is glued to keep it away from the eyes etc. The hair yarn is a little thinner than the yarn for the body and the dress, and as you can see it is multicolored. I made a little flat bowl or what to call it, and stitched it to the head, upside down. So it was like the bottom of the hair. Then I attached the strands of yarn to that, one by one. It took quite some time. I wanted the hair to be messy and of different length. I have not seen a troll with perfectly cut hair!

The dress can not be removed. I also glued the shoes to the bottom of the feet. So they can not be removed either. I made a patch of the dark blue and stitched it on the side, to make the dress look a bit old. The bottom of the dress is blue (as well as the top) and the bottom has a wavy pattern. I made a little pocket with the main dress color (I think the yarn color is called something like green petrol, whatever that means). In the pocket I put a tiny little teddy bear. The bear I made with felt probably years ago, but I thought he should be in the pocket as a little toy.

What else? As I wrote in the title and in a previous post, this is freehand. I had no instructions at all to look at. I just figured it out. It was a UFO (unfinished object). I made the head, body, the nose and an ear months ago. Then it was just half done until I decided to bring the thing to the knit and crochet cafΓ©. I had made the other ear and the arms a few days before that.

I did not write down any instructions at all, so don’t ask me how it was made! πŸ˜‰ I do remember that the dress is 32 stitches at the top and 66 stitches at the bottom.

I’d say it’s about 30-33 cm (=about a foot)Β tall.

Well, on to the next crafty project, whatever that will turn out to be… πŸ™‚

Continuing unfinished object

I am sure I’m not the only one who has UFOs in the drawer or closet. πŸ™‚ Unfinished objects who just lay there for months…

Well, I decided to bring such an object to the knit and crochet cafΓ© this evening. πŸ™‚ Last week we didn’t have any lesson because it was sports holiday and the schools were closed. The week before that I decided not to go, because I didn’t know what to crochet. So I have not been there for a while.

The object that I brought with me is going to be a troll. πŸ™‚ I don’t have a pattern, so I just crochet freehand, so to speak. For months the thing had a body and head (in one piece), a nose and one ear… A few days ago I made the second ear and two arms. Today I stuffed the arms and attached them to the body. I also crocheted a leg and started on the second leg. It needs a tail too and hair. Then I will try to crochet a dress.

The legs were difficult to figure out. I had to start all over again with the foot.

An other problem when you crochet without pattern is of course that you need to remember how you made an arm or a leg, because then you have to make the other one the same… I don’t write anything on paper, so I have to remember how many stitches per rounds there is or when I decreased some stitches.

I don’t want to write down the instructions, because I want it to be one of a kind. If people, when it’s done, want to crochet a troll too, they can look at my images of the troll, but I will not be able to say exactly how it was made. May be if I had started writing down the instructions from round one of the head, but I made that months ago. So it would be very difficult for me to count the stitches of the head and body.

It’s quite large, because I don’t want a small troll. I want a pretty large one. I don’t have an exact image of how I want the troll to be when it’s finished. Once I thought about making small green leaves with felt and attaching them to the hair. Because I have an image in my head of a troll with leaves and twigs in its messy hair. But we’ll see. May be I decide to leave out the twigs and leaves.

Well, I will finish the troll this time. May be this week, may be next week. I’ll post a picture of it whenever it is done. πŸ™‚