Escargot Escapades

My mom is a funny lady. She has a green thumb, really enjoys being outside in the garden. A few years ago she moved into an apartment and started container gardening, had all sorts of beautiful flowers on her patio.

BUT…

Something was chomping on them, and that something was SNAILS!

Now, normally snails can be treated with a little poison in a line around your flower bed. But what do you do when your flower bed is elevated away from normal snail territory? There were no tell-tale shiny slime trails leading to the hanging baskets or the planter boxes, yet somehow they were getting in and eating all the pretty flowers!  After several baffling months of this, Mom looks up and sees them in the tree, dropping off branches into the flower pots.

So we started a little game called Smash The Snail- using the icky garden broom (or Mom’s cane when she still used it, she’s in a wheelchair now) you smack the snail right off the tree branch. If you hit it right, it smashes on the tree- watch out for guts! If not, you knock it off the tree and smash it on the ground. Sounds gross? It is! And after watching the pests eat all the gorgeous blossoms, it’s very satisfying, in a morbid sort of way.

What does this have to do with amigurumi, you ask? I’m getting there…

Like I said, my mom is a funny lady. She doesn’t have the best memory, which is terrific when it’s her birthday or Christmas- I can take her shopping with me, have her try things on, buy it in front of her, and she completely forgets! Heck, I could probably have her wrap her own gift and she’d still be surprised on Christmas morning…

She recently had major surgery, and spends a great deal of time in bed. She’s missed getting out in the garden, and yes even missed the Snail War (though now she can run them over with her wheelchair- mwuahahahahaha!), so I thought I’d do something nice and make her an amigurumi snail!

Mom was asleep when I finished this little guy, so I set him on the bookshelf next to her bed, where she’d be sure to see him when she woke up. Aaw, aren’t I a sweet daughter?

That was Sunday night.

Monday, she doesn’t say anything…

Tuesday, no comment…

Wednesday, I’m thinking she’s just being a bit spacey…

Thursday, I’m starting to second-guess the cuteness and wondering if she didn’t like my little handiwork.

FRIDAY, she looks at me with the sweetest expression and says “I love my surprise. You must’ve put it there while I was sleeping last night.” Yes folks, it took my mom 5 days to notice the snail by her bed!

HERE HE IS:

Escargot the Snail

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Recent Amis

I’ve made quite a few amis this summer, and here are a few of them- more to come later! I started selling them at a local farmer’s market, if it has a price it’s for sale or I can make another like it to sell.

Mice stuffed with organic catnip, $7 or 2 PBS credits. Free pattern available at http://kristieskids.weebly.com/patterns1.html

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Love Bugs! $12 or 3 PBS credits. Free pattern available at http://heliina.livejournal.com/50341.html

My New Blog! Woo-Hoo!

I’ll be uploading pictures, projects, and patterns for my amigurumi in the days to come. Some of the finished objects will be for sale, if anyone sees something they like I can do custom ami’s as well.

All-In-One Octopus Pattern:

Row 1: In magic ring, sc 6

Row 2: 2sc in each st – 12

Row 3: (sc in next st, 2sc in next st) around – 18

Row 4: (sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around – 24

Row 5: (sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st) around – 30

Rows 6-9: sc evenl – 30

Row 10: (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog in next st) around – 24

Row 11: (sc in next st, sc2tog in next st) around – 16

Row 12: sc even – 16

Row 13: To make legs (sc in FLO of next 2 sts, ch 15, sl st in 2nd ch from end, sl st in 3rd ch from end, sc in each ch, sc in post of base sc) 8 times, join w/ sl st, ch 1

Row 14: In BLO, sc2tog 8 times – 8

Row 15: sc2tog 4 times, finish off, leave tail for sewing shut – 4

  • For eyes- 8sc in magic ring, sew on after Row 13, when you can tell which side you like best for the face
  • Stuff halfway through row 14, when the opening is still large enough but not so large that the stuffing falls out
  • Please let me know if you make one, I’d love to see it and will even post it here!
  • You may sell finished projects but please do not sell this pattern!
Sewign the limbs is the most frustrating part of making amis for me, so I designed this little guy so he works up all in one piece! (excluding eyes)

Sewing the limbs is the most frustrating part of making ami's for me, so I designed this little guy so he works up all in one piece! (excluding eyes)