I had admired Wunderkammer before, but when my son told me about his teacher's love for sea horses, I finally decided it was time to attempt one of Jessica Polka's amazing crochet patterns. I learned how to crochet from my grandma, but I'm much more confident with knitting and have never followed a crochet pattern. I was a bit intimidated to say the least. But I am quite proud of my first work. And so is my son to give it to his teacher as a thank you for a great school year.
I framed my crocheted sea horse in a specimen box and embroidered the Latin name on the bottom of a piece of linen to line it with. How fun would it be to have a whole wall of specimen boxes with more crocheted sea creatures. As a gift for a science teacher. Or a decoration for a summer house. Look how many more amazing patterns Jessica has created.
My son wants me to make this adorable narwhal for him. Though I'm partial to the octopus. I've braided one before—maybe it needs a baby!? And Jessica is so generous to offer many of her patterns for free and others for a very affordable fee.
I was curious to know how she got into this kind of work. She says she learned how to crochet from her mom as a kid but didn't pick it up again until she needed a way to relax during her studies. When I found out that she is a biology grad student, it all made sense. What a perfect way to combine work and fun and the love of it all. Look out for a book with 75+ of her patterns in January 2012. And maybe the discovery of some unknown sea creature (crocheted or otherwise) one day?!