The Year of the Porg

The Year of the Porg

Porg the first

Porg the first

Very early on this year I happened to see a online pattern for a crocheted porg. I screeched loudly and vowed that I had to make one. Only trouble was, I didn’t know how to crochet. This had to be remedied. So with the help of a friend’s book and YouTube videos I started to learn (thank goodness for left-handed crochet tutorials!). After a few weeks I was ready to make an experimental porg, just to see if I could do it - I could, and a properly coloured porg soon followed.

Porg #2 or #3

Porg #2 or #3

A friend was also a porg fan, so I sent him one. And I started posting porg adventures on social media. This led to more requests for porgs, and so far I’ve got porgs residing in London, Waiouru, Croydon, Devon, Christchurch, Warwickshire and somewhere in Scandinavia (I’ve also sent assorted other creatures to Aussie and have a bit of a menagerie at home!). They love visiting libraries and other cultural institutions, and have also been known to do karaoke. My original two now have their own Instagram @progsofrangiora

This year has been an absolute rollercoaster for me, but one of the bright spots has been making porgs. Doing this allows me to be creative, to learn new skills, and to connect with friends old and new across the world. Making and sharing is good for my mental health, and I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Allison Hoffman of Crafty is Cool for sharing such a great pattern.

It’s so good to keeping learning and discovering and adapting and evolving - you never now where you might end up!

What have been your bright spots, or new discoveries and learnings from this year?

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