Allow me to introduce you to Olympic Tortoise…
Isn’t he the Most Extremely Cheerful Crocheted Animal that you have seen in a long time? I think so.
I had ever such fun making him. I’d entirely forgotten how much I like crochet. You can stop in the middle of a row, drop your needles, pull out half your stitches, and you don’t end up in an infuriating tangle like I often do with knitting.
I made Olympic Tortoise while the olympics were on. I hadn’t intended to watch the olympics – I’ve never taken an interest before. But they were on in the background when I visited people, and I slowly got caught up in the excitement, and before I knew it I was glued to the sofa, watching people running and jumping and swimming and twirling with such enthusiasm that I wanted to be a Real Athlete myself (hmm… not likely… although this marathon is in 4 weeks – eek!).
(I do realise that Olympic Tortoise doesn’t look quite like the original picture… and you could say (although I’m sure you wouldn’t be that mean) that his face looks more like a crocodile’s (I don’t quite know what happened). However, he’s still the most cheerful crocheted tortoise I’ve ever come across, and doubles up nicely as a pillow too. Hooray!