I’ve been in awe of Heidi Bear crochet patterns for a long time and, having recently ‘got’ how crochet works, I’ve challenged myself to make not one, but two Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin ponies by Christmas. Our two nieces turn 5 at the end of December and I know they’d just love them.
I was quite worried about taking this project on, concerned I would struggle to make the African flowers required and that it’d simply be too much to take on, given work commitments and how busy we know the lead up to Christmas can be. So I made myself a Gantt chart. Geek, I know, but often if I’m in doubt or starting a new project, I look to a trusty spreadsheet to guide the way. If you’re interested in making one yourself, this is how my schedule looks:
- Week 1: make 9 hexagons
- Week 2: make 8 hexagons and 9 pentagons
- Week 3: make 11 pentagons
- Week 4: make 2 heptagons and 1 triangle
- Week 5: make 3 squares and begin joining
- Week 6: complete joining
- Week 7: attach the eyes, add the stuffing, make the ears, tail and main.
I’m about to go into week 5 and I’ve already make the 3 squares and sewn in the loose ends, giving me 2 weeks to join. This is the bit I’m dreading; but I’ve got this far and I’m so pleased with my progress and determined to carry on and master the art of it. I actually can’t wait to see how they take shape and come together. Then the second purple one begins!
I’ll keep you posted; if you’re interested in making a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin before Christmas there is still time! My aim is to finish both the week before Christmas – fingers crossed.
What are you making at the moment? Have you got any Christmas craft projects in mind?