Not so much the action of shaping during crochet that, provided you have good, clear instructions can be quite pleasant because you see what you’re making start to emerge and that’s cool. No, it’s figuring out the shaping of a new project that’s a royal pain in the patootie. It all started with this unbearably awesome chain chomp cat bed on Pinterest. I don’t have the building chops to make anything half so amazing, but it did make me want to crochet a chain chomp.
So I start looking into patterns. Nothing feels quite right, some looked good to me but they all seemed to have their mouths closed and I really wanted one with the mouth open. So I decided to tool around and try to figure out a pattern for myself (not a bad idea per se, but time consuming and potentially very frustrating). I will fully admit that I looked up crochet Pacman patterns to get an idea of how to start the shaping, because I was originally at a complete loss. I have two approaches I’m going to be trying and I started with the first last night.
The first effort was….well it went so poorly that I ripped it back out immediately and didn’t even bother with a pic of it. My second effort was slightly better in that it was moving in the rightish direction. Still came out looking like the chain chomp had an under-bite that would make King Charles II of Spain jealous. Unfortunately I had fastened him off and hidden his ends so much that digging it all out again seemed like way too much effort. So I moved on and now it’s a cat toy.
In this case the third time wasn’t a charm exactly, but it did look a whole hell of a lot better. Still looks really awkward, partially because it’s not stuffed and hollow, more because it’s not quite a circle, it’s this really wonky shape that I’m not really sure what to do with. Hmmm, well I did the thing where I wove in the ends here too, so I’m still not sure if I’m going to rescue the yarn, depends how I’m feeling tonight.
I also had to rip back the ENTIRE shawl I’d been doing because I realized that when I “fixed” a problem with the design I was setting myself up to make blocking it out to be an actual triangle difficult if not impossible. So I’m back to triangle one on that project, but it does work up nicely.
Well, those are most of the projects I’ve been working on. When new and interesting things come up I’ll post more.