Crocheted Eric

20th April 


You may have seen my post about my husband and his teasing me of my crafting, many many of you commented and either could relate or found the whole thing hilarious.  Click for the post here    Well it didn't stop there, let me enlighten you, grab a coffee, this could take a while...


About two years ago my husband began an email correspondence with me, under the name of Lotta Wool, he even created an email account in her name and began teasing me through these email exchanges.  Each email became more outrageous and I laughed so much.  If I can bring myself to share them with you, I will in the near future...

So it was this in mind when I received an email a couple of months ago, I was very vary, this is what I received...

Hi John
 
Selma is undoubtedly a very talented woman.  Not only does she have fantastic taste in men but she is a pioneer in the world of crocheting and sail sewing!
 
So can I introduce you both to ERIC
 
ERIC is our new internal ‘Green Champion’
ERIC has a big job to do.
ERIC is going to galvanise our people during our Green Week in May to turn off lights, recycle waste and get involved in our local community.
He is going to travel round our business helping our people do fantastic things.
 
ERIC is sad because he is only a 2D version of himself.
In fact some would say ERIC is paper thin.
ERIC dreams of being 3D.
I think we all deserve to be 3D don’t you?
 
ERIC needs a hero.
ERIC doesn’t need a bear catching, world saving kind of hero.
ERIC needs a crocheting, sail sewing kind of hero.
ERIC needs a hero to help him come to life.
Do you know a hero that could make ERIC’s dreams come true?
 
Would it be too cheeky to ask if Selma could do me a really big favour and crochet an ERIC for me?
 
Say no if you want as I know you are both very busy so no pressure.
 
Thank you for reading ERIC’s story.
 
S
 
 
Can you see why I was dubious to its authenticity?  It smacked of my husband and I almost, note the word almost, wrote a rude reply back.  In actual fact something stopped me and I sent a one liner asking if this person was serious and indeed they were!
 
So my first commission and I nearly ruined it before it began!
 
What did I have to make, what did Eric look like...
 
 
 
 
 
I set to excited and nervous and trawled the internet on all the usual pattern websites for help and clues as to how to make Eric.  Nothing out there closely resembled him and so it was to the drawing board for me.  I am not a natural designer and I found this whole process incredibly difficult.  I tested, not as much as I should have done, I made several versions of each part of him until I was fed up and just settled on the latest make and kept putting him away and making anything else other than Eric. 
 
Eric is now completed and I feel drained of his colours, they are not my usual choice of working colour and am drained of designing and having the responsibility of him being used in a work place.  He is not perfect, in fact there are many things I would change if I had the inclination, but this morning he left the house, office bound and I am glad to see him go...
 
 



The body begins to take shape

Just seeing how he will look

The first leg looked rather phallic, so it had to go

Rip it, rip it, rip it.  I often felt like a
 frog on this project

Trying very hard to make him as close to the spec as possible


Coming together but something is not quite right

Eric had to be beheaded as he was too floppy

With a wider neck, the floppiness was sorted

I love his cape the best

Notice the raised eyebrow, just as in the spec


All ready to head off to work...




All said and done however, this has been a huge challenge and learning curve and I'm glad that I was made to do this and do you know what, for all my moaning about Eric, I'd do it again in a flash.
 
 
 
  From Eric and I, have a good week

 

16 comments:

  1. Oh, how absolutely lovely. He is just too cute. What an amazing talent you have. I have only just taught myself basic stitches and I couldn't begin to follow a pattern let alone create one. Well done. They will be so pleased with it. X

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    1. Basic stitches are all you need and practice. You'll be an expert in no time. It's such a fun hobby. Enjoy.

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  2. wow, you are so clever, Eric is gorgeous. Your husband has a great sense of humour!

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  3. Lots of hard work for you, but he's so cute.

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  4. FIrst of all your husband is hysterical, you must laugh at his antics every day. Love your ERIC!!! Oh my goodness he is perfect.

    Well done with your creation.
    Meredith

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    1. I mostly laugh Meredith, just once in a blue moon I may wish he didn't joke quite so much he he he

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  5. That is too cute. I wouldn't even know how to begin.
    Sounds like you have a good time with your husband. How fun is that.

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  6. Your Eric is adorable!! Xo susie

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  7. This is amazing and hilarious! What a great way to remember your first commissioned piece!

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