I have finally gotten my act together and have written up the elephant pattern: Download elephant.pdf (In the Instant Crochetification section on the side bar - Under one hour projects for fun and instant gratification, great for little presents and trinkets)
Slight change to pattern it should read:
Round 8: Lets call the st you are on st 1. Chain 4 skip 3, single st into 4th - St no 26. (This should have created a loop from the base, Loop 1). No st 1 into each chain (from st 25, 24, 23 etc to st 1) until loop1. Single st 4 (d,c,b,a) around chain in gap (the chain from st 1 to 26.) Cast off. Secure eyes on either side of loop.
I always underestimate how long it takes to write up patterns! My problem is I have far too many ideas..... and end up trying new things when I should be diligently writing patterns. This week I have made and frogged a strange mitten, several odd bags, and some hideously misshapen creatures... I need to focus on one thing!
Little Kissmas Meerkat didn't get into the next round of the Softie Awards........ but, the lovely Donielle picked him as one of her favorites http://www.comfits.typepad.com//comfits/2007/11/my-contest-winn.html on her blog Comfits. I am very chuffed indeed.
My favorite was http://flickr.com/photos/51758969@N00/1570259465/ Freddy the Bat by Maritza at Soto Softies. I have loved softies all my life, but have never fallen quite so hard for one as this.
As some of you may know, I have been thinking of emigrating for a while, the UK can feel a very small place, but sometimes you see things like this:
With a sunset this beautiful it can't be all bad. I took this photo on the train, on yet another trip to Grimsby. I must have looked totally mad, but I couldn't not capture it (excuse the double-negative).
I have also started to memorize poetry, I got this great book by Ted Hughes called By Heart. At the start he explains a great technique for memorization. It certainly makes the day a bit more pleasant when you can fill your head with beautiful words, at whim. I have also found this website dedicated to it http://www.passonapoem.com/re_learningpoetry.htm. In terms of poetry I am very predictable... My favorite is the old classic The Road Not taken http://www.bartleby.com/119/1.html ...popular, but really good.
Thanks for all the positive feed back on setting up an etsy account ( Sabrina, June, Ann, Monty and MoominMama - especially a big thank you!) I am working on it! as well as the other patterns, Kitty, Giraffe, Hedgehog and Robin. I am hoping to get them all up as soon as I can. But with my penchant for distractions, I think it's best not to make any promises about when. Is soon good enough?