Last week* I was in a frenzy of preparation for the Margaret River Ag Show (see Show Fever). I had set my goals high for the amount of categories I hoped to enter for the textiles/crochet section, and drove my wife crazy with my fervor. For anyone remotely interested, here is a run down on my main entries, and how they fared on show day.
Crazy Spring Tea Cosy
It all started with a crocheted snail. I had been chatting with a dear friend about crocheted critters, and thought I would look for a pattern. I found several, but couldn’t get my head around them, and decided to just make one up myself. This was the result of an entire Sunday and I proudly showed my family. Suffice to say some were more excited than others. I immediately made another one of course 🙂
Then I had a vision. A crazy garden teacosy for the show. And so it began. The trickiest part to start with was making a teacosy to cover my chosen teapot, a nice big one. My previous teacosies were much smaller, and my pattern was a little bit made up. Once I had successfully covered my teacosy I needed to get working on my design. I had a snail so I started working on collecting flowers and leaves. It was called a crazy teacosy because it not only looked a little crazy, but it drove me a little crazy too! I could’t seem to get it looking right, and on several occasions wanted to throw it in the naughty corner. Even on the last morning before handing it in for judging I was up at 5am making and adding more flowers. I was pretty happy to have won an award for ‘Complexity’.
So there was a category called ‘3D Crochet’ which I pondered over for weeks…what did it mean? Eventually after discussion with anyone who would listen I decided it was anything ‘not flat’ so I flicked through a book I had and decided I needed to make a teddy bear. Very quickly my son decided it was to be his when it was finished, and seemed to love watching it take shape – a funny series of body parts. I had never made anything so complicated. A week out from the show I realised there was a seperate category for ‘Teddy Bears, any style’ so I branched out into the general craft section to enter it there (after much deliberation of course). The end result was second prize, and a new cherished bear for my boy.
Of course now that my 3D entry had jumped ship into general crafts I needed to come up with a new entry for 3D so I decided on a pair of owls. I found a lovely pattern from a great blog site’Repeat Crafter Me‘. Another new and slightly ambitious challenge was ahead! In the last minute rush of show week I only ended up producing one owl instead of the twins I had imagined. However I was very pleased to win a prize for ‘Technical Skill’. And now my daughter had a cherished owl for her soft toy collection – winning!
*so when I say ‘last week’ it was technically more like ‘last month’ or even longer. I got terribly distracted halfway through writing this and have only just got around to finishing the post now! Time is just an abstract concept isn’t it?