Slothages

Being asked to make something for someone does not always fill me with joy – it may be that the thing I’m asked to make does not inspire me, or uses techniques that I’m not keen on/good at, but there is also the fact that I’m not sure that I can actually make the thing that the person asking envisages. Anything that requires lots of sewing together at the end is off-putting to me and these are the sort of patterns I would not choose for myself and I’m particularly worried when someone says they want a thing “just like this”.

So, when my friend Kate asked if I would make her a couple of tiny baby sloths from a pattern by The Twisted Crocheter, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make them anywhere near as cute as the photographs:

I really wanted to oblige to say thank you for the waxed wraps she gave me a while ago, but I wasn’t sure I could do them justice. And then inspiration struck – I offered to do the crochet if she would do the sewing. This way I avoid the possibility of making sloth faces that look like demented frogs, but I do the thing that I am skilled in.

So, yesterday afternoon I settled down with my hook and some lovely Cambrian Mountains Wool (they will be Welsh sloths – sadly, my dictionary does not have a translation). I made all the crochet pieces for two of the little critters – most of them look like sausages (hence slothages).

Now I just need to pop them in the post and await the final results.

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  1. They do look very cute. Now did someone mention Bavarian crochet?

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  2. Those dismembered sloth limbs look just like the flowers of your pitcher plant. I think you should consider crocheting some of your domestic carnivores!

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  3. They look like they are going to be very cute. I’m glad you explained what they are as my mind went in another direction all together!! Oo-er!

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  4. St David’s Day and according to Google Translate a sloth is a sloth in Wales or England.
    PS I did check it against other translation sites!

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  5. Unfortunately, your photos aren’t loading for me. Good idea about getting your friend to do the sewing!

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  6. Good idea to let the recipient do the sewing. I sew but I still worry about putting faces on things – they have to be just right otherwise the whole thing is ruined.

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  7. Slothages–ha! That’s great. These are going to be cute!

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  8. PLEASE ask your friend to send you pics of the completed sloths – will be too gorgeous.
    PS. There’s nothing wrong with demented frogs either. Sometimes that’s exactly what a person needs.

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  9. will you show us the finished sloths when she’s sewn them? I made one from this pattern and it turned out slightly weird!

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  10. Aha! That’s a good solution to the stitching-up problem! And I’d also love to see them when they’re finished… The sloths in the pattern do look very sweet!
    I’ve also just spent a lovely morning catching up on all your latest news… Looks like 2018 has been a busy year for you so far! 😀

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  11. That’s my kind of crafting! If only I could get someone to sew all my amis together…

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