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Wow, the holiday came and went like a flash! I have been sitting on these adorable little creations since before Christmas and I am finally blogging about them halfway through January, yikes! I have had my eye on Animal Friends of Pica Pau for a while and I finally decided to buy myself this gorgeous book last November. When it came, I immediately opened it up and started flipping through the magical pages. My kids were extremely interested in these cute little animals, and I found myself telling them to pick an animal for me to make them for Christmas. Sis chose the cute crochet pink puppy, which isn’t pink in the book but I knew the color would speak to her little soul. The Boy chose the crochet Bat, specifically requesting that I don’t include the scarf, so I didn’t.
But I wanted to, dang it, I wanted to.
This book’s patterns are as wonderful to read and work as they are beautiful. The little crochet puppy worked up surprisingly quickly, I finished it in two evenings. The crochet bat was a bit more labor intensive, but only because of the all the sewing. I regretted my dark color choice. The blue was a bit too dark and you can’t really see the black nose and mouth. But I love the yarn I chose (if I make it again, it will make it in a lighter color). I used Knit Picks Shine to make my animals, it’s a soft, silky cotton and Modal blend, absolutely lovely.
Pink Puppy: 1 skein of Shine in Blush, 1 skein of Shine in Cosmopolitan, 1/4 skein of Reef, a few yards of Black, 2 safety eyes (any smaller size will do), polyfil.
Bat: 2 skeins of Shine in Sailor( I used almost exactly 2, so if you crochet loose you might want to order 3), 1 skein in Reef, a few inches of Black, a few inches of Blush (for the cheeks) 2 safety eyes (any smaller size will do), polyfil.
A part of me regretted letting them choose. Did they not see the otter? Oh my goodness, it’s the cutest! Or the dragon? Or the PANDA IN A TUTU?
That’s okay. When all is said and done, I am happy I let them choose. They both slept with their new animal friends (Batty and Betsy) when they went to bed Christmas Day and it warmed my heart. Sis was ecstatic that her puppy was pink, as I knew she would be.
I have admitted it before, and I’ll keep admitting it until I get better, but I am not very good at amigurumi. I can make the pieces pretty enough, but when it comes to sewing them together…it gets a little dicey.
Any advice? Batty had extra sewing because of the wings, but The Boy didn’t seem to notice my rudimentary skills.
If you are wanting this pretty PRETTY book, you can snag it up on Amazon. It’s a wonderful addition to my bookshelf and I think next Christmas my nieces will be getting something fun and soft from it’s pages. I think I will make the otter, panda and llama for myself, though.
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