I love crochet creatures, even though I don't like crocheting them. But when I saw this:
in Treasury of Holiday Crochet, I had to go for it. My results varied just a bit, but only because I'm not especially skilled at crocheting amigurumi. But I had to! There aren't a lot of Thanksgiving crafts--at least not for adults who want to do something other than tracing their hands--and I thought this was just too cute to not try.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pattern called for TLC Essentials Falling Leaves, which has been discontinued for a while. But! I had a scarf made from this that I hadn't worn in years, and had already been planning to unravel and repurpose. I was so excited that I went ahead and made all of the tail feathers with this pretty variegated yarn. I get excited about things like that.
I made the body with some Red Heart worsted weight yarn, and everything else was just scraps. I think the waddle took six whole inches of some Vanna's Choice.
I have to be very honest. I didn't understand the instructions for crocheting the beak, so I improvised in a fit of late-night desperation and crankiness and made something that resembled a beak and I don't really remember what happened. Also, there were instructions for joining all the tail feathers together and I didn't know what the heck they were talking about. So I just stitched each feather onto the turkey's back individually. This is called the Shelf-Sitting Turkey after all, so I figured it won't be seen from behind. Which is good because I made a bit of a mess of it.
|Yup, definitely should have placed those bottom feathers closer to the center of the back.|
But you can't tell from the way it's sitting on my bookshelf right now!
This is a cheerful-looking turkey, with its long dangling legs and its silly tail feathers. There are plenty of lovely patterns in Treasury of Holiday Crochet, and I'm really happy I tried this one first. If you think you need more Thanksgiving decor in your home, you could probably whip this up a lot more quickly than I did (3 hours, maybe) and it would probably look even better than mine. This is a diss on my amigurumi skills, not on the pattern. I love this thing! Turkeys are pretty silly-looking to begin with, and I'm enjoying this fun little bird in my home.