My brain’s tired. More specifically, my right brain is tired. I’ve been overusing it. Too much computer work, thinking work, analysing and problem-solving. So today I’m going to give it a rest and be free of thinking. I’m going sit in the sun and read my book, go for a walk along the beach and then I’m going to crochet an elephant. Ha? Really. I am in fact, crocheting a baby elephant. Well, a soft, cuddly toy version of a baby elephant.
It all began when I decided to knit a beanie. I live in Noosa where the weather is never really cold enough for winter woolies but for some reason I decided I wanted to knit a beanie. I went to extraordinary lengths to purchase my pattern and wool (finding places to buy yarn here is an exercise in logistics). I managed to find the perfect pattern on-line but the wool that was recommended was impossibly expensive to send (it was from Germany and the shipping costs were $55). A trip to Brisbane resolved the problem, though there too it was a bit hit and miss. Long story short I knitted my beanie and proudly wore it on a visit to frigidly cold Melbourne. Both my daughter and my gf loved the beanie; I left it with my gf and resolved to knit my daughter another one. Which I did. By then I had become quite enamoured of knitting – especially beanies because they require knitting on 5 kneedles, which is both challenging (keeping the stitches from dropping off not just one end of the needle but two – or in this case 8!!) and fun. It was a good thing to do in front of the telly – less drinking too (you can’t very well knit and drink).
However four beanies later, I’d had enough. But I still wanted to knit something. I came across some very cute toys and things on Pinterest and then I found a photo of a crocheted elephant. I was sold. I used to crochet way back when (remember back in the early 70’s crocheted ponchos?) so I knew that it was something I could do.
Once more I went in search of yarn. I couldn’t find the specified yarn but figured something approximating it would do – the most important thing being the colour. It didn’t take long for my brain and fingers to remember how to crochet and all was going well until I suddenly realised that this cute little cuddly toy was going to end up being rather big. I had envisaged something that was maybe 15-20cm but the head of this elephant is looking more like an elephant cow than a baby one and I suspect the entire thing is going to be the size of a toy poodle – the real ones, not the stuffed toy variety.
What to do? I wondered if it was the yarn I was using – I had purchased 8ply but perhaps it needed to be 4ply. As I’ve said, I can’t leave problems alone – I have to fix them, so once more I went in search of yarn. I did manage to find some 4ply but it wasn’t in the right colour (too pale) but never mind, I figured I could dye it a darker grey later. Turns out that it doesn’t really make much difference and that the pattern is indeed for a somewhat larger toy elephant. I’m going to persevere because once I’ve started something I’m determined to finish it. Perhaps I can stuff it with something a bit sturdier than fluffy toy stuffing and use it as a door stop. Not sure quite what that stuffing would be – maybe poured concrete? Or perhaps I could just donate it to a creche.
I have to admit that I really had no idea of what I was going to do with this little elephant – I don’t know anyone with babies. It was just a cute project to keep me occupied. And keep me occupied it has.
Now I think I’ll move on to my linguine doll.