Sunday, September 8, 2013

Introducing: Swoops the Seagull

When I was a young girl, I remember one of the most fun things to do at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland was to go get a cup of Thrasher's French Fries (on the boardwalk) and munch away as you strolled down to the beach.  Going to 'the beach' was a vacation in itself - I lived a good 2.5 hrs from the ocean... and it was always a treat to go.

but one of the best memories of the beach, being that I had already seen JAWS about 200 times and was terrified of the ocean, was taking my cup of fries down to the beach and watching the drifting seagulls, that would float effortlessly just feet above me -  gulls that loved those salty-vinegar touched treats just as much as I did.

As a young child, this was so exciting.  It wasn't until I moved, many years later, that I discovered just how special those O.C. Gulls were (or how big!).
In Ocean City, Maryland.. if you tossed a Thrasher's Fry into the air.. it would NEVER hit the ground.  There was always a gull waiting to grab that delectable morsel in mid air, sometimes just barely missing the ground for his efforts to ensure the prize.

Here in MA, not so much.  Living close to the beach, there is much more opportunity to interact with gulls... but here, they scavenge for food.. and wait for food it to hit the ground and for you to back away, before shyly retrieving their snack...  a real bunch of scaredy birds.  The gulls of Ocean City Marylad will forever hold a special summer fondness for me and it is those gulls which Swoops received his name.
Swoops the Seagull, contains 10 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs to help you bring this 15 inch  tall friend to life.  
To complete this pattern, it is expected that you already know crochet basics such as how to chain, crochet using slip stitches as well as single crochet stitches and how to change yarn colors. You should also know how to crochet in the round, crochet in rows, crochet using a “chain start”, crochet an opening closed, how to increase and decrease crochet stitches as well as how to make use of Back and/or Front Loops Only.

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Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0311 White, 0431 Light Grey, 0320 Cornmeal, 0382 Country Blue, and 0312 Black
poly-fil fiberfill
Size 7/4.50mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning

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Entwined Essentials said...

What a cute story. It reminds me of when my husband and I went to visit a friend in Baltimore and he took us to Ocean City. We walked that Boardwalk and had some Thrashers as well. Thanks for the flashback, Swoops is one cute gull. :)

K4TT said...

Thank you! I am happy to bring back memories of your vacation with the Hub.. or at least I hope I am.. being they are good memories.
and you know what I wrote is true with regards to how GOOOOOOOD those fries are and how eager those silly birds are to get those fries! LOL!! and how Swoops just sort of... hmm.. named himself.
I have been reminiscing quite a bit lately about childhood - and missing Maryland more and more. Thank you so much for sharing those memories with me.

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