Today’s post is a guest post written by Ang in Australia. She’s a super-clever girl, and I think you’re going to love what she’s sharing with us today!
She’s going to tell us how to turn a regular crocheted amigurumi into a Chia Pet! Crazy, huh?!?
An idea was born…
It all began when I was looking at the Slug-a-long thread on Ravelry. I saw superkrab’s amazing ice crystal slug: I thought she had literally dunked her slug in water and left him out overnight to grow ice crystals. This blew my mind and I thought it was the most amazing slug ever.
I later learnt that she had some special wool to crochet the ice slug, but it got me thinking – ‘what can I grow on my slug?’ Thus the chia pet slug idea was born! (if you haven’t seen a Chia Pet before, now’s the time to have a look!)
How to crochet a Chia Pet
I crocheted my slug, Byron, using 100% wool. I stuffed him with cotton balls (instead of Polyfil) so that they would absorb water. I bought a pack of 250 Cress seeds to use (although any kind of small sprout would probably work, as well).
After I’d finished crocheting, I put Byron in a bowl of water, sprayed the top of him with water so the seeds would stick, and shook seeds onto his back. I’m not sure how many stuck on, but I I kept sprinkling them on until no more could fit, and the excess seeds just fell down the sides of him and into the water.
I left him in a dark cupboard for the first 2 days (like the packet of seeds said) until he sprouted. Then I’ve just left him in my laundry out of direct sunlight and the seeds grew rapidly from there on! He’s had about 5 days of cress growth.
I keep topping up his bowl with water each day and keep the top of him moist with a spray bottle daily as well.
How does Byron feel about this?
Byron has always wanted to donate his body to science, so after he has grown his cress Mohawk, Byron will be given a fond farewell since I don’t think his waterlogged body will be salvageable.
Byron and I have had a great time during this experiment. It’s been fun to see how much growth Byron has had each day, even though my housemate has given me a few weird looks!
Winner of the Knit Notes Giveaway!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Knit Notes giveaway… we had 167 entries! Whoo hoo!
The random number generator picked #86… who’s lucky Deenna! Congrats!