The toughest thing when you create something from scratch is that you have too many decisions to make. Materials, shape, colours, decorations… What bothers me about decisions is that choosing something usually means discarding the rest. I always end up wondering if I’ve made the right choice. Fortunately, there is always time to change your mind… from cat to shark.
Some months ago, I went to a workshop in this fabulous shop in Barcelona to learn how to make a pet house with a wire structure and XXL crochet. I had a very nice experience and, although my hand hurt a little after 4 hours of non-stop crocheting, I was quite happy with the results. However, I kept thinking in all the possible shapes I could I’ve done, and feeling that the cat was a very easy and obvious design. I told my boyfriend some of the ideas I had discarded. He liked so much the idea of making a shark and he was so persistent with it that I had to try. So, some days ago, I decided to undo the ears and the nose and turn them into a fin. Move the eyes, add some felt teeth… and here you are.
Some weeks ago, I helped a friend making a similar house for her two cats. At first we wanted to make it look like a mouse, with ears, whiskers and everything, but we run out of fabric and we couldn’t find the same shade of gray, so… it ended up looking like a Peruvian hat! So we put a pompom and two braids and it looked perfect! And I know the cats liked it too! Total success!
2017 update: Due to the unexpected success of this project, I’ve decided to upload some instructions so you can make your own. You can download a PDF here:
Happy crocheting everyone!