I want to like amigurumi.
Let me rephrase that. I want to like making little crocheted cute things. But I usually don't. It also doesn't help matters that my little girl sometimes dislikes the creatures I make. Intensely dislikes.
But. (There's always a "but" with me...)
But I like chickens. After raising them for eggs, meat, and show for nearly ten years, my of chickens and chicken-related things surpasses my apprehension about some failed crochet projects and my daughter's occasional fear of little crocheted animals.
I'm telling you, I really like chickens.
So when I saw the Chicken pattern from Farm Animals, I went for it. A crocheted chicken! How could I not?!
So I went for it, and I'm glad I did. Because I really enjoyed this. A lot. And by that I mean that I started on the wings a little before bed one night and the next thing I knew, it was past midnight and I'd also finished the head and body.
|Did you ever just wake up to chicken parts?|
I used Stitch Nation's Full o'Sheep yarn in the Little Lamb colorway for the body, head, and wings; Poppy for the eyes, waddle, and comb; and some scraps of dark yellow acrylic for the feet and beak.
Now, the pattern calls for craft eyes, but I didn't do that because I couldn't bring myself to find that aisle of a craft store. And I definitely couldn't bring myself to stare into those dead yellow eyes, just like making eye contact with an actual chicken. So instead I stitched some eyes into the center of the eyes and waddle pieces for eyes.
I think the end result is a toy that looks more like a toy. It won't present a choking hazard for my daughter and I can sleep at night knowing those eyes aren't watching me.
But that's the only modification I made. I stuck to the pattern as faithfully as I could, but accidentally sewed the comb on a little farther back than I intended.
The white portions are excellent for stash busting, and the rest just used up a few yards of scraps.