The Big Acorn Race

A Squirrel Picnic Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects


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Big Acorn Race Update: Podge’s Garden

Podge in her gardenI have had so much fun crocheting everything for Podge’s garden over the last few months. This particular project stretched my crochet skills to the max. Every detail, from the pumpkins to the strawberries, was done freeform, without a pattern. I just made it all up as I went along. Having just finished creating the patterns for the book, this was actually a welcome change. I really enjoyed the playfulness and freedom of winging it and not having to worry about keeping track of a pattern. Although, I did jot down notes for each plant in case anyone is interested in crocheting a garden of their own. Let me know if you’d like to see this and I’ll work on a pdf download to release after the book early next year.

My practice of miniature crochet last year really came in handy, as each one of the plants in Podge’s garden is pretty tiny. I used mostly sock-weight yarn and a size B-1 hook or smaller. Here are the yarns I used:

Soil: Plymouth Merino Superwash DK in Brown
Pumpkins and Carrots: Lion Brand Bonbons Beach Collection Orange, and Plymouth Merino Superwash DK in Peapod
Strawberries: Lion Brand Bonbons Beach Collection Red, White, and Yellow, and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Grass
Lettuce: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Peapod
Cornstalks: Lion Brand Bonbons Beach Collection Yellow, Lion Brand Bonbons Nature Collection Green, and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Grass
Sunflowers: Lion Brand Bonbons Beach Collection Yellow, Lion Brand Bonbons Nature Collection Brown, and Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Peapod
Tall ‘n’ Fast Flowers: Patons Grace in Sunkissed, Orchid, Lemon Lime, Lotus, Aquifer, and Snow, and Plymouth Merino Superwash DK in Greenlake
Watering Can: Lion Brand Bonbons Beach Collection Turquoise

Now that we have those details out of the way, Podge would like to show you around her garden… Continue reading


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See How Podge’s Flowers Grow!

Tall n Fast Flower Cycle by Jennifer OlivarezIn the Big Acorn Race, three little squirrels named Hodge, Podge, and Eric compete to see who can get an acorn out of a tree first, without climbing the tree. Each has to come up with a unique and creative way to get the job done. Of all the tricks they try, my favorite solution has to be Podge’s. It’s clever and simple. She grabs her packet of Tall ‘n’ Fast seeds, plants one in a pot full of soil, and sits back to watch her flower grow.

This past weekend has been spent crocheting Podge’s flower pot and the many stages of growth of a Tall ‘n’ Fast flower. First I crocheted 5 yellow flower pots and 5 brown circles that would become the dirt. Then I shaped 12-gauge wire to form the base (inside each  flower pot) and stem. I used cardboard circles inside the pots to add stability. After assembling the first two pots and adding a little sprout to the second one, it was time to crochet the flowers. First I crocheted the blossom which was a lot of fun. I had no plan in mind when I first set out to crochet it. It just sort of took shape as it went — magical! Then I crocheted the flowers themselves in 3 different sizes using the patterns in the book. The smaller flower is crocheted using the motif pattern for the Seed Packet Phone Case. The larger flowers are made using the actual Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower motif pattern. I haven’t assembled the final flower that Podge uses to reach the acorn yet. You’ll just have to wait for the book to see for yourself.

In the meantime, enjoy this gif I made out of all the flowers and pots that I crocheted this weekend. My, Podge, how your flowers grow!

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Big Acorn Race Update: Crocheting the Story

Dragonfly by Jennifer OlivarezThe next few weeks will be super busy for me as I attempt to crochet everything needed to tell the story of the Big Acorn Race. This includes all the props and even some of the characters themselves. It seems like I’m crocheting everywhere I go. I’ve been crocheting on the bus, on my lunch breaks, in line at the store. But if you know me, you’re probably thinking Weren’t you doing that before the book came along anyway? Yeah, you’re right. But now I feel like I’m crocheting with a purpose. Although it’s felt a little frenzied at times, so far I’ve been successful not to let the pressure take the fun out of it. That’s very important, you know.

And let me tell you, I’ve gotten a lot done! I even remembered to photograph some of my work to share with you. Continue reading


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Big Acorn Race Update: New Beginnings

Podge's ApronThese past two months have been such a whirlwind for me. I had the goal to get all the patterns for the book to the pattern testers by the middle of July and to get all the preliminary text files and photos for most of the patterns  to my wonderful friend, the super talented Sylvie by the end of last week. It was a tall order, but somehow I did it! Continue reading