No matter how much I get done every day, I still feel as if I'm treading water - barely able to keep going with the bare necessities! So, I thought the snail metaphor would be appropriate for my crafting as well! Amanda has received her surprise, so I thought I would share the details here. I crocheted a round snail cushion as part of a swap for one of her beautiful purses.
close-up of the snail:
and the back:
Some of you may recognize this project from Kid's Crochet. I modified the pattern a bit and ended up doing some blocking because mine had the tendency to pucker in the center (and we certainly don't want snail cushions with nipples, do we?!?). But, overall it worked out well. I used Lamb's Pride Worsted Bulky and a size K (6.5mm) hook. It was really refreshing to use such a bulky yarn and large hook after so many projects with really fine gauges. I stuffed the pillow with a ready-made 14" round insert and used the tiniest little buttons I could find for the snail's eyes.
You may also have seen some peaches popping up here and there (more are en route as we speak!). I made a batch of these up as little gifts to send out. I'm hoping that Claire doesn't think my peaches too similar to her pears, but I have to admit that she was certainly an inspiration! Here's a basket of the little guys:
They're made of Minkee, a fabulously soft and silky fabric with a relatively long nap. I found a really good deal on this peach colored minkee and instantly thought it would be perfect for a fuzzy little peach! I hand embroidered the eyes, mouth, and freckles (still need to work on my embroidery!) and hand stitched wool felt for the leaves. I also cinched up the back of them to create a "peach butt", but you can't see that in this photo. Each peach comes with a little tag that reads "You're a real peach".