28 June 2008

Salamander crochet

My good friend and reading circle companion, Anita, turned 35 yesterday. A while ago we read Karel Čapek's War with the Newts, and even though Anita didn't like the book as much as the rest of us, she's got this special thing with salamanders. So I thought a crocheted bookmark version of the species would be a good thing.

Making it was fun. With pictures of the creature on the laptop in front of me, getting the right shape was quite easy. I don't crochet much, but I found it perfect for forming this animal in flat. Apparently, the salamander has five toes on its rear pair of feet, and four on its front, and so does this green one (and yes, I know they're brown/black in real life, but my supply of cotton yarn is somewhat limited..). I love those little extremities.

Salamander [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: improvised!
Hook: It's a 7 something, but it's certainly a lot smaller than a 4.5 mm
Yarn: a little bit of Hifa perle


Strikkelise said...

I loved "War with the Newts". I read it at a very young age, just after reading Jonas by Jens Bjørneboe. Both of those books made a lasting impression on me.
If you like Karel Capek and gardening, you should read "A year in my garden".
Your salamander is very cute!

Have a great holiday.

Mette said...

I love the salamder!