I love to try new things . . . well, not exotic foods or learning skydiving or anything like that, I like to try new CRAFTY things. 🙂 You know, those safe, colorful things that normal folks look at and say “Oh, you’re so crafty. I can’t even draw stick people. I could never do that.” Frankly (Mr. Shankly), I think most people have it in them to do way more than they give themselves credit for. You never know what you’re capable until you try.
Recently, I got the hankerin to learn how to crochet. I don’t know why I wanted to learn. It’s not like I don’t have a bazillion other things that need to be done around her. I have material to make valances for my kitchen that I bought last summer. I have photos to put into albums. And don’t get me started on the endless supply of laundry, dusting or dog hair tumbleweed clean up I need to tackle. I wanted to crochet. So sue me. Not only did I want to learn to crochet, but I wanted to make crochet critters! Yep, no potholders or baby blankets for this gal. (Did I mention I love a challenge??)
First I thought I should probably start off slow & make a hat. How hard could that be, right? Here is my first attempt:
I have no idea why it’s so wavy, but if there is a market for crocheted coral, I’m ready.
So, I tried again:
Flatter, but still pretty sloppy. I could stop there and make a coaster. Too ordinary though.
Heck, why don’t I just dive in and make a critter like I wanted to all along?? Don’t I always hear people say “Only have work in your portfolio like the work you’d like to do?” So why am I making a hat? I don’t like to mush down my hair anyways. By golly, I was going to make a monkey!!
A monkey head – not quite as round as the pattern, but I was keeping the faith it would all work out in the end.
Here are a couple little owls I did for the Illustration Friday theme “Silent”. Moms know all too well that when your baby is sleeping, the world must remain silent!
I created this by sketching it with a #2 pencil, scanning it in and then adding color in Illustrator with different transperancy styles. Hoot! Hoot!
Have you heard? Michelle Allen is having a giveaway over at her blog, Close 2 my Art. I really, really, really LOVE her artwork. This clock would look fabulous in my studio, so I hope I win. 🙂 However, I thought I’d share the news so you have a chance to win too. She is also picking 3 winners of some fabulous camera straps she created. Check out her site. Lots of very colorful & fun art that I know you’ll love. Good luck!