Yes, I realize that I am still a day behind and I need to crank out two granny squares next time…
Looking through granny square patterns online I came across the Koalasy Granny Square. Joanita also has a panda bear, and brown bear on her blog that follow the same pattern. It’s the eyes and the colour of the bears that allows you to tell them apart (just a note, I have never seen a koala with one ring around an eye). While I would like a little more diversity in bear patterns, this isn’t a bad thing. It makes for making quick squares since it’s a simple pattern. I am assuming that the ‘asy’ at the end of the pattern names is short of easy.
So, why am I writing an actual blog post about a pattern/granny square instead of putting my commentary on tumblr like I normally do? Because koala bear…or at least what started out as a koala bear.
I give you The Drop Bear Granny Square because I’m like that and because drop bears!
What are drop bears you ask? They are koala-like bears – or marsupials, if you will, since koala’s aren’t ‘real’ bears – that are the meaner and much more dangerous cousin of the koala. They attack people by dropping out of trees. Some poor suspect (usually a tourist, since they are easy prey who don’t know how to tell drop bears from koalas) looks up in a tree thinking “Look at the cute koala” and suddenly they have a drop bear in the face and the next thing they know they wake up in the emergency room. If the person is lucky, they get away with a few dozen stitches or so. We won’t talk about the unlucky ones…
Don’t believe me? Check out the Australian Museum website.
Naturally, a drop bear granny square is more interesting than a koala. (Yes, I know she looks weird, and I am really okay with that because this is how I roll.)
First off, I used a bigger hook than the pattern called for because I wanted a larger finished project, and I hate working with fun fur because it’s slippery and likes to knot on me and I wanted as much room as possible to attach it to the ears.
Notice the red eyes. That is the first drop bear give-a-way. I always find the white that is used on toys around the eyes weird, I wish I had a lighter grey to use instead. If you look at a koala, that white around the eyes is where there is either less fur or it’s a light colour fur. It’s not there to represent the whites of the eyes. You can barely see the whites of a koala eye unless you are up close and personal. Obviously, if these were the white part of the eyes, they would be blood shot because this is a drop bear.
Pink was used on the first round of the square portion because this particular drop bear is a girl (naturally, because pink is for girls and blue is for boys, not that drop bears care). The variegated earth tone was used because animals like to blend into their environment and I a fresh out of eucalyptus green yarn.
I used fun fur on the ears after making a koala toy for a friends niece. It called for fun fur and there was some debate about leaving it off, but koala’s have rather fluffy ears. Some have more fluff than others because of genetics. Drop bears have fluffy ears. It’s natures way of allowing them to blend in easier with the cutest of koalas.
I changed the nose because koala (and drop bear) noses are more pear shaped than round, like the pattern called for. The end result is an evil looking koala. Is this where I promise not to turn every koala I make into a drop bear?