CraftedbyTW Horsie Q&A

I was asked a few questions recently about the Horsies I have been crocheting. Although I think the person was just wanting to talk, I decided to go ahead and answer some here.

How do you decide on colors?

Well honestly, most of the time I don’t.  The yarn I currently  most often makes the decision for me.  I personally don’t think Horsies have to be stuck with the “traditional” colors so I am not afraid to mix and match.  Also when I come up with a theme,  that will also dictate colors.

How do you come up with your themes?

I would like to say that they all come to me in a flash of inspiration. That, however, is not the case.  My themes are a result of several steps. Thinking about such things as summer, sports Fourth of July. Many times, you will find me with a piece of paper jotting down ideas, making lists and lots of things scratched out.  Then, in the case of the Americana Horsies, looking to see I have the colors of yarn for the theme.  I have to ask myself if I have, can I make, or must I purchase accessories. The previous would be the situation for the upcoming Ponies of Summer.  I actually do quite a bit of planning for each Horsie and theme.

How long does it take to make a Horsie?

Totally depends on what I am doing as I crochet. I have been crocheting and making crafty things since I was 6 years old. I can crochet certain things, like granny squares, without counting or even watching what I am doing. The Horsies require me to count.  So if I am paying attention, it takes me about two hours from start to finish for each horse.  Usually I am not paying attention, so it takes me double that.

How do you come up with their names? And their personalities?

Well “What to Name Your Baby” books are amazing.  As for personality, when I say each one has their own personality, it is true. As I stuff them they began to take on a life of their own.  They “speak” to me and tell what their personalities are.  If that don’t sound crazy I don’t know what does.  I then go looking for different names that fit that personality. Sometimes, though, I already know their names. Again they tell me as I crochet them. The difficulty lies in describing the Horsie and not saying the same things over and over. The Thesaurus is my friend and yours so you and I both don’t get bored. I should mention I also write fiction so making up stories is what I do.

Which one is your favorite?

Aw come on. That’s like asking which kid is my favorite (my first born son and daughter). I do like them all, but I have made a few I don’t like. They usually get recycled, but I am told to not do that. It seems others like them anyway even if not my favorite.  Those advisors have a point. I guess I would say my favorites are the ones I do right the first time and don’t have to rip them out and start over.

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