a tribute to Sushi the betta fish, my pet betta fish that passed away.
i used those thin translucent plastic bags from the produce section in the grocery store, partly because we don't get free plastic bags here in Toronto and the only plastic bags i have on hand are those produce ones. but also because i think the translucent and delicate quality of the produce bags would make a nice fish.
for this project you'll need:
plarn (aka plastic bag yarn. if you need instruction on how to make plastic bag yarn see http://hellejorgensen.typepad.com/gooseflesh/2007/02/plastic_bag_yar.html)
3-4 of those produce bags would suffice.
3.5mm crochet hook
another plastic bag to stuff fish
shiny silver material (i.e. the inside of a candy wrapper)
a black Sharpie
Step 1: Crochet the Body
You’ll get a shallow cup shape.
Step 2: Stuffing and Seaming
When half way across, stuff with bits of a plastic bag, then continue crocheting edges together. Leave a 2″ tail and fasten off.
Step 3: Making Fins and Tail
For fins, cut a 4″ length of plarn, hook it halfway through a stitch on the body where you’d like to position the fin, then glue the 2 halves together with a dot of white glue in between. Before the glue dries one could shape the fin a bit and trim it.
Repeat for all the fins. One could also add more plarn to the tail to make it look fuller, using the same method.
I made this demo one with seam side up, but I think I like the shape better when it’s seam side down, like the orange/white one in the intro page.
Step 4: Make the Fish Eyes
Step 5: C'est Fini!
visitors to my blog suggested hanging them in front of windows, making mobiles with them, or weighing them down with BB pellets and placing them in a fish bowl. i haven't tried any of these, but i might make a watercolour background for them and make a wall-hanging of some kind.