It’s one of our favorite days of the year today: World Turtle Day!
This year’s World Turtle Day tortle tower is squishy and striped!
This tortle tower is actually a bit of a flashback: In fall 2014, friend Assaf P. saw my Princeton turtle chilling on my desk and asked if I could make a turtle or two for his animal-loving daughters. Of course I said yes! Then life got crazy busy, and I couldn’t fulfill his request until last December.
These turtles are made from the same pattern as my Princeton turtle.
But, unlike my Princeton turtle, these turtles are not inside out!
Having the right side facing out means that these turtles have much better shaping. For example, their heads are not bigger than their shells, so they stand up much more easily!
Having the right side out also means smoother stripes.
I made the purple shell before the pink one. Halfway through the purple shell, I realized how to make the stripes perfectly smooth, without even the slight hiccups in the first half of the purple stripes: I was changing colors at the wrong point! By changing just half a stitch earlier, I got perfect, hiccup-less stitches, as you can see with the pink shell! No yarn cutting required at all!!
I am so excited about finally figuring out what I was doing wrong with changing colors!
Kirby was not as impressed with the pink turtle’s perfect stripes.
Squishy turtles are much fun to sit on though when you’re a (not so) tiny baby tortoise!
Squishy turtles also make great friends for telling secrets to.
But, of course, best of all, squishy turtles make a surprisingly stable tortle tower!
Happy World Turtle Day, everyone!