Crochet Elma Family Finished Kitty

O is for Octopus

20/02/2014

Let me introduce you to the newest member of the family:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

To Kitty he’s “MY Octopus”

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

To Elma he’s “Dap!” (Admittedly along with most other things in our house that are not Mama or Dadada)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And to H and I, hearing a little alphabet ditty that Kitty used to chant come singing through our memories, he’s “O-O-Ocapus”

He is universally beloved.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

(Look Mama – I’m asleep!)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I finally finished hand sewing in the zip at the weekend, and as I don’t have a cushion pad at the moment he’s firmly stuffed with a good quantity of leftover quilt wadding (see I knew there was a reason I didn’t throw it away).

And I think he’s rather cute if I say so myself! Or at least, he is when he’s stuffed and all zipped up and being fluffy on the floor. If you were perhaps to let your husband near the completed but unstuffed Octopus shell and he were, just for the sake of argument, to put it on his head, you might find that your sweet and cuddly sea creature looked almost exactly like an Ood. In a properly disturbing, thank goodness the children are asleep kind of a way. Not that I would know of course! Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

He is also remarkable efficient as a seatbelt – according to Kitty that is – and I can testify that while wrapped up in his fluffy tentacles she was not in any way shape or form thrown about the lounge by the movement of the earth as it hurtles through space.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

As far as the pattern and construction go, he’s made almost exactly to the pattern; I fudged a little bit joining the top and bottom because either I can’t count or I can’t crochet, and at that stage aesthetics very much take the upper hand over strict adherence to the instructions anyway.

Considering that if you count the shawl I made for Elma last year, and the bag I made in my learn to crochet class years and years ago, this is only the third thing that I’ve ever made entirely out of crochet, I’m really rather pleased with how he’s turned out.  Kat’s instructions are beautifully clearly written and the one serious advantage of chunky yarn and a 9mm hook is that you can definitely see what you’re doing.  You can also see when you’ve gone really wrong because your octopus leg starts to look like it’s grown barnacles, but that’s a story for another day  – or possibly something I shall just deny ever happened!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The only problem, and that should probably be ‘problem’ is that the family seem to think that ‘My Octopus’ is a little bit lonely.  H has suggested a companion in blue, or possibly purple, Kitty keeps suggesting pink, and Elma, well, Elma mostly says “Dap!” so I think she’s claiming the orange one for herself.  Just how long I can withstand this active encouragement to buy more yarn and spend more time playing crochet and answering all questions with “9, 10, 11… yes?” I cannot say, but at least when the lounge is overrun with a whole rainbow of Octopi I know we’ll be cozy.  And, if I’m really really cunning about it, it means I need to make another quilt to generate a bit more wadding for their innerds.

It’s true.  Machiavelli had nothing on me!

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  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 20/02/2014 at 9:45 am

    This is AMAZING! So clever of you! I really want to learn how to crochet x

    • Carie 20/02/2014 at 4:48 pm

      It’s really easy I promise – or at least the version of it that I do is!!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 20/02/2014 at 10:24 am

    Fantastic, it’s so cute and your daughters clearly adore it.

    I find crochet is very quick to learn and yes chunky yarn makes progress very fast! I’ve made a few bits for my daughter and have a few more in progress that I really want to finish before her first birthday but I’ve made nothing this big yet. I think you may have inspired me!

    • Carie 20/02/2014 at 4:49 pm

      The size is all down to the chunky yarn – definitely an instant gratification project!

  • Mandycharlie 20/02/2014 at 2:12 pm

    I am in Love. I think orange is a genius colour for an Octupis and wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a group of orange Octopi with some made with glow in the dark yarn, so that when the lights go down in the evening it would almost be like you were looking at them deep down in the ocean.

    • Carie 20/02/2014 at 4:55 pm

      Or really really scary when you forgot, turned the lights out to go to bed and they glimmered at you from the corner of the lounge!!

  • Hurrah For Gin 20/02/2014 at 9:08 pm

    Carie he’s amazing!!! Can you make me one too? 😉
    Love the pic of Elma with her thumb in on him, exactly what S does too if he see’s one of his comforters. Puts his thumb in and collapses on top of it. so cute x

    • Carie 23/02/2014 at 7:55 am

      I can teach you to crochet!!! I think the waiting list for a finished one might be rather lengthy if the family have their way!

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 22/02/2014 at 9:06 pm

    I LOVE this octopus. I definitely vote purple for the next one.
    Might have a go myself at one, actually. I love to crochet put I haven’t touched my hooks since M was born! Must put that to rights.

    • Carie 23/02/2014 at 8:36 am

      You should – it’s really easy and quick – you can finish a tentacle in nap time and before you know it you have an under the sea themed lounge!!

  • Caroline 26/02/2014 at 10:09 pm

    Oh Carie, this is amazing! How did I miss this? Brodie would go mad for an octopus. I’m frightened to show him your O because he’ll be devastated if my crochet skills don’t stretch that far……

    • Carie 27/02/2014 at 8:26 am

      I promise promise promise that your crochet skills are good enough! If I can do it, so can you, and the advantage of a cushion is that you’re not trying to make it fit anyone!