A duck too far?

Back in May when I learned to crochet, I set off enthusiastically making ducks for The Little Yellow Duck Project. I made my first three ducks quickly and started my fourth, but then ground to a halt.

Little Yellow Duck Embryo

There is, of course, a natural curve of initial enthusiasm that rises then declines with any project and for the last three weeks, circumstances have put the level of concentration I need to give crochet out of the question. But in all honesty my enthusiasm had dropped to zero before that.

Last night I near forced myself to take out the fourth duck to finish it. It wasn’t hard, I enjoyed picking up crochet again and it didn’t take me long to complete.  So why all that resistance? I wondered. The answer came quite easily when I looked at the duck.

Duck 4

I just don’t like it. It’s the puffy cheeks. I didn’t like them when I first saw the pattern, but I wanted to make a different, slightly more difficult duck, so I went for it. On top of that, now I’ve finished, wherever I put his eyes, they look menacing. Even his cute bump of a tail doesn’t win me over…

Duck 4's Bottom
Oops! Sorry a bit out of focus.

The only thing I’m really pleased about is the improvement in my tension.

Tension comparison

It’s undoubtedly time for a change from ducks, so I’m thinking about my next crochet project. I’m going to make sure it’s something I really love, or, failing that, for someone I really care about.

Hope you’re happy with your current projects.

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24 thoughts on “A duck too far?

  1. I think you’ve made a great job of this little duck, whether you like him or not. The last photo shows your improved tension, so that’s all good. His wider face is different to the others you’ve crocheted, but really, he isn;t that ugly. Are the eyes set wider apart because of the width of his face? Perhaps that’s what you don’t like about them – but if they were closer together, he’d probably look cross-eyed. 🙂 Interesting ‘catch up’ on what you’ve been working on, anyway.

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly – I have to love either what I’m making or who I’m making it for, otherwise I will always find better things to do than finish it. My first crochet was a granny square so you should be mightily pleased with your ducks, love ’em or hate ’em:)

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  3. He is quite cute Bekki, maybe a hamster duck! I struggle to see how people can enjoy making the same thing over and over. I have just finished a shawl, enjoyed doing it, have the yarn for a couple more but I am already wanting to try a different pattern. Have fun choosing the next make there are some great patterns out there 🙂 x

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    1. LOL! Hamster duck! I agree, I get terribly bored doing the same thing twice. I thought four small ducks would be ok, after all each one was slightly more complicated than the last. But even the fact they were ducks was too much by the fourth. Thanks for commenting. Have a great weekend! x

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  4. He really is kind of cute in his own way, I do think. 🙂 So true, variety is the spice of life, and it is important to do projects that inspire us, though sometimes we learn valuable lessons from our less-than-favoutite projects. One can really see the improvement in your technique – Way to go!

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