This summer a colleague and kindred-crochet friend of mine issued a summer challenge, a little summertime C-A-L if you will. It involved crochet and seashells.
In the summer?! Of course I took her up on it! The patterns she found were designed by Susan Whitlock.
I got right to work because I know myself, and the procrastinator I can be. Plus, we were headed to the beach and I really wanted to be able to take a photo with this caption:
I started with Medium Sea Shell #1, and let's just say it was...um...not very seashell-looking.
Seriously?!? I ripped it out and started over. This time it came out a bit better. I got to learn the style in which Susan was writing her patterns. I learned that the finishing stuffing and stitching makes a huge difference in how your shell turns out. Stuff the top, but not too much (my orange one is over-stuffed) Make sure to really tuck that loose end into the shell to create the spiral that a shell has and keep the bottom tip open and flat (like the blue one).
And since I have this thing for rainbows, I searched for some other shells from Susan and found these cuties. I hooked up the tiny seashell in purple to complete the rainbow.
I love my little crochet seashell collection!
And since we both completed the challenge with a good month of summer left, the overachiever in me issued us this challenge:
You can find it in the February, 2014 issue of Inside Crochet
But this one is not coming together as quickly as seashells. It involves lots of slow-going single crochet, and lots of hand stitching (something I'm not a fan of). Maybe it'll be done by next summer!