I love crochet; it’s such a fun, easy hobby. I particularly love small, quick projects that give swift gratification of a handmade item. In addition to blogging, volunteering, and authoring teaching resources, I also design crochet patterns.
It’s been a while since I picked up a hook; life got in the way, and background circumstances haven’t been ideal. (In fact, the change in circumstances is partly behind my logo rebrand. The Chinese character 3 represents me and the kids – it’s also reminiscent of a road, as we are moving on as best we can. There are many forms of slow but the legalities are certainly moving like treacle.)
Anyway, putting that sort of news to one side, I recently started to do some crochet. As I said, it’s super fun and a great mood boost to whip up something you made yourself. In the middle of my tenuous freeform project, the kids offered their input. It went something like: “What are you making? Is that crochet? Are you making a bear? You should make a unicorn. It’s a unibear!”
Well, how could I say no?! I duly designed the Unibear, and the pattern is available in my Ravelry store. I also made two unibears because sometimes it’s not worth the squabbling!
Truth be told… I was actually going to make a regular bear. So, my Unibear pattern also includes instructions to adapt it into a panda bear. I was going to work up a sample in the normal black and white colours but, this time, I distracted myself with Google and Wikipedia and plumped for the brown Qinling panda colours.
You know how people talk about going from A to Z? I’m not sure if it’s the creative process, or maybe the audience, but I reckon we go through every letter of the alphabet! Our path is a tangle of curious sidetracks and twisting meanders. Still, whatever path we take, I guess the main thing is we will get there in the end. I hope that, whatever paths my readers are on, you are also getting to wherever you need to be! 🙂