This custom order from an Etsy customer really pushed me to be creative. When I was initially approached to create the design I hesitated and questioned whether I’d be able to make something like an ancient psychic tandem war elephant, APTWE for short. How would I make the body? The shotgun tusks? The trunk? Everything? I almost declined the commission but the artist in me said, “Challenge accepted.”
I sketched the design, chose the yarn, and got to work. There were times I didn’t think I’d make it and for a few days I was in a crocheter’s creative block, which is not ideal when a deadline is looming overhead. One day, something clicked. I attached a pink button to the tip of one of the trunks, thinking, “Ugh, this is going to look horrible.” But it wasn’t horrible and feeling the rush of inspiration I burst through the rut and finished the elephant.