Monday, June 29, 2020

Squid Woes

Middle nephew's birthday is about a week after the twins'. Like the twins, middle nephew (AKA Rambo) got a card and a "free choice" for what he wanted. Unlike the twins, I did not get his request right away. 

I mailed off the twins' gifts. My brother sent back a video of them opening them along with a video of the twins' requests. That were not what my sister-in-law had texted me... 


But in both the gift opening and request video, Rambo's request was the same. He wanted a squid. 

I did not know squids were a thing. But considering how many patterns I found, apparently squids are a thing. 

I found a cute squid pattern. It took me about a day to make... 


...and I realized it was way too small. 

It's cute. But considering how long he's waited for his choice, how big his little brothers' gifts were, and the degree of difficulty of making this, I knew it wasn't going to cut it. 

So, I went in search of another pattern. 

I found Hubble the Squid. The pattern was 26 pages long. And... 


...it made a squid of about the right dimensions (and labor involved). 


Okay, then. Just for comparison sake... 


And now I'm done with nephews birthdays for this year. (Niece still hasn't given me her request, but that's another story.) 

In case you were wondering, the twins requested a Kracken and a dragon that breathes fire (and the fire can be pulled out of the belly of the dragon). They're seven. 

Although, they seemed to like the shark and the Spinosaurus. And I can get a head start on Christmas. There's this really cool Kracken beanie I've been dying for an excuse to try. As for a fire breathing dragon, well, dragon I can do, but I have no idea how to make it fire breathing. (If any of you have seen a pattern for that, send me the link, will ya?)

19 comments:

  1. I like the squid! Both sizes! And great you have a start on Christmas!

    betty

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  2. Both squids are really cute. I did not know that squids were a thing, either.

    Love the Kracken beanie. I'll ask my mom if she's come across any fire breathing dragon patterns.

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  3. Hi Liz - I love both squids ... send him both! I congratulate you on achieving any of these ... well done is all I can say - take care - Hilary

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  4. I love the squids. Just as cute as the octopus I have.

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  5. 26 pages?! Whoa. Both squids are cute. It's hard to pick which one I'd prefer to receive as a gift.

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    1. Yeah. But it's a lot of pictures and description of things. Helpful for a beginner, to be sure.

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  6. The squids are so cute! I think they're great gifts. Wouldn't a kraken just be another giant squid?

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  7. Wow. That big squid is truly big! Looking forward to seeing what else you create.

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  8. Lucky nephew! That's a very cool looking squid.

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  9. I like both squids and can really see the difference when you paired them up. I bet he will love it. Now you can start on Christmas

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    1. This is what I say. Whether or not I actually start...

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  10. 26 pages!!!!!!!! I don't think I've ever made a pattern consisting of more than three pages. Something tells me, if I ever become a grandma, the grandkids aren't getting crocheted gifts after they turn two.

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    1. I'm sure she could have written it in a page or two, but she included lots of pictures. It wasn't that complex, really.

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