Having being one of the "buy a bunch of flowers and a card" school of teacher gift buying up until now I was suddenly overcome with the urge to make L's teacher a gift for the end of year. L absolutely adores her and she's done a great job this year so I thought I would break my rule of not making gifts for non-crafters on this occasion.
Recently Sharie shared some lovely owls she had made and the pattern she had created. Unfortunately, for various reasons you can read about if you wish here, she felt obliged to take the pattern down. I can understand why people get very protective of their patterns as so much work goes into them, but I did feel sad that there was unpleasantness going on in a crochet blog world, it's usually such a happy place! I don't wish to make any grand statements about copyright issues, or get involved in a crochet owl war, but I made up the pattern for these owls off the top of my head, inspired by various images I saw about the place, not only in crochet but on greetings cards and stickers. With a few tweaks to get the wings neat they are basically an unfinished cylinder, connected at the top with sc to make the owl shape. Anybody who had been crocheting for a bit could make one. Some people like to work from patterns, but if you like to spontaneously create something with yarn and a hook these are a great place to start. Sometime I may take some photos of how they are put together, but I can't make another one at the moment because making these ones so fast has made my hand seize up. I am on an enforced amigurumi break.
So here are the owls, made of King Cole Bamboo Cotton with a 3mm hook:
Not content with that at about 9 0'clock on Tuesday night I decided to make another one for a teacher at the school who has allowed me to update my skills in her classroom. It's a very little one, about 4 cm in height:
Lewis week this week so I just sat in front of the TV and hooked him up. A late night was had, but I think it was worth it. This teacher crafts so I think she will appreciate it.
So, term has ended and I'm looking forward to the Summer holidays as much as the girls are. I'm hoping the weather will clear up so that we can get out and about. My posts about family life and the Cotswolds have been scarce recently because, even though we've busy as usual, it's just not very photogenic at the moment. I hope I'll be able to make up for some lost time and squeeze in a few journal type entries in amongst the crochet, this blog was always meant to be a bit of both. At least the bad weather is conducive to crafting on the sofa if nothing else.