These are some of my marsupial designs under the (c)crochetroo banner. And yes, this is another one of my shaggy dog stories! I also have wallabies, platypus and a few other Aussie animals and birds which, when I can round them up, I might do a photo session and post them up as well.
These have been happening over here for a good while now, I have just never shared them. Mainly cos the geckos and fish and tea cosies seem to have taken over lately! Now that I have been around for a bit I thought you all might like a peek. I have been making these for ages and I do like them. Not just because the Koala is such an interesting animal, but also because I enjoy giving them a bit of character. They are typical Aussie animals, but unfortunately a lot of the crochet patterns I have come across make them look quite feral, or downright ugly. An amigurumi (or whatever) Koala? now who are you trying to kid?? Or alternately you have to squint your eyes, and use your imagination to pick them as a Koala. The problem here is that people think they are bears. They are totally not bears. They are Marsupials, and really beautiful cuddly animals.
They also have political power as the "Save the Koala" movement stopped the building of a freeway from Brisbane to the Gold Coast a few years back, and lost the Government a huge number of votes. We now have Koala crossings on our major freeways. This is a funny one as I am yet to see a Koala cross at the "crossing", and the concept of a near blind animal being able to read the sign "Koala Crossing" and then scramble across four lanes of freeways sounds a bit silly.
Meet Acacia, Buster, Jacaranda, and Blossom.
This is Acacia. I named her that as her colours remind me of the wattle trees which are in bloom at the moment. The soft lavender green of the leaves and bark and the sweet yellow of the blossoms. Wattle look beautiful and have a sweet scent which attract the birds. They are a killer on the hay fever though!
This is Buster. He has a dopey look cos he has a eucalyptus high. This is one reason why Koalas don't do well outside Australia. They eat mountains of gum leaves. They are true vegetarians and quite fussy eaters. Eucalyptus leaves are very fibrous and low in nutrition. Koalas have a very slow metabolic rate which helps them maximise the nutrition from the leaves. They have a tough life and sleep for up to 18 hours per day in order to conserve energy. My teenage son is a bit like this!
This is Jacaranda who likes to tart herself up a bit. I like how the fuzzy wool works on her tummy and ears.
The Jacarandas don't bloom till October, and Koalas don't hang out there. I just called her that because of her colour. The gum nuts seem to look good against the lavender colour too.
This is baby Blossom. She has just been adopted by a kind family in America. She is having one last romp in the great outdoors before she leaves.
While we don't have Koalas in the backyard, they have been a part of my life.
As a kid we would always take our visitors to the Koala Sanctuary at Lone Pine in Brisbane.
We have had numerous OS students stay with us, and we always take them to the Currumbin Sanctuary to cuddle a Koala and have the "obligatory cuddling a koala" photo.
And when our OS students leave, I gift them some of my crocheted marsupials to take home with them. So I make families of koalas, in different types of yarns and colours. And some of them I send on holidays in other countries, just for the fun, and cos I am a mad woman.
These are my original designs.
(c) crochetroo 2006