We all love to bring a bit of nature in to the home. House plants can add the perfect finishing touch to the decor of a room. Spider plants in hanging macrame baskets , luxuriant leafy Monsteras and of course tiny cacti and succulents which seem to be very popular at the moment.
If you are anything like me , a certified plant murderer ,you probably err towards the cacti. However, living in a very narrow space (6ft wide to be precise) means that anything spikey is not a good idea. Guests can find the whole squeezing past each other quite a challenge. Do you stick your bum in the direction of the person you are squeezing past or turn the other way? What happens when 2 beer bellies meet? There is no real etiquette and thankfully we have good friends who don’t mind a bit of spooning to get past each other . I wouldn’t want to add anything spikey into what is already a bit of a game of twister at times, especially after a few gins!
I have a couple of hanging spider plants which are thriving and multiplying like rabbits but you can never have enough plants in my opinion so I couldn’t believe my luck when a free supplement came in my Inside Crochet magazine. It was a booklet with a sample of fabulous crochet succulent and cacti patterns from Emma Varnam’s book “Crocheted Succulents”. I fell in love immediately! They really are a fantastic selection of mini plants to make. I started right away and began emptying the cupboards for ramekin dishes and jars to put them in as they quickly started to build up. The other half began to get worried as they spilled across every surface but I assured him that they weren’t all for me. ( It works crochet friends, try it ! :D)
With a serious succulent addiction starting ( and ongoing!) I ordered the book and I wasn’t disappointed. It is definitely one for the collection if you like amigurumi. Even if you don’t, or haven’t tried it, they are quick easy and so effective and the patterns are really easy to follow.
The book has 25 different patterns for succulents and cacti. Also patterns for soil and pots to add to your displays. I warn you it is very addictive as they really are fun to make! It is beautifully written with great photography and a must for the book collection!
They would also make a great gift. ( That’s Christmas sorted! )With the addition of pots, gravel and a bit of imagination you can turn them into a really nice looking arrangement. I can imagine they would do great on a market stall too. Even if you have the fingers of death they will look perfect with no care or attention. Safe for toddlers and plant munching pets. And of course, if you live on a boat, or in any small space ,there is no chance of you having to remove spikes from your visitors buttocks! What’s not to love?
You can buy Emma’s book from GMC publications or from Amazon in the link below ( this article contains affiliate links)