I randomly came across this gorgeous knitted cactus from oddsandends when image searching at work and swiftly filed it in my ‘personal inspiration’ folder, along with all the other cute images I will pull out when I finally get my own flat/house! I was determined to make one for myself one day… so when my lovely friend Nicola sent us her through her birthday list and I saw cacti on it, I knew it was the perfect opportunity! I couldn’t find any knitting patterns, only crochet ones… so, as I was so determined to make this spikey little fella, I decided that this was the time that I learnt to crochet! After consulting my good friends Google and YouTube, I started to pick up the techniques and started to see a nice little square coming together….
Another couple of strips of crochet, some sewing and stuffing and I had something that resembled a cactus… I was super excited to finish it off the next with a trip to Homebase! I picked up a little plant pot and some gravel… but the biggest problem was the spikes! I wanted something that would look spikey, but didn’t feel too sharp. I looked at all the paintbrushes, but they were too floppy or too fine… at the next stop, Tesco, I found the perfect solution… a scrubbing brush! I painstakingly trimmed bristles off the edges of the brush and poked them into the ribs of the cactus and voila! One quirky gift was finished! It went down a storm… and even got pride of place on the mantelpiece!