Plants you can't kill

At some point, my house transformed into a jungle. Don't ask me when, don't ask me how, but over the past 3 years of living in my current flat, I've somehow changed from the girl who couldn't tend a garden to save her life, to certified Plant Mom.

I'm not complaining about this! All of my little plant buddies bring me joy - from the insane succulent in my terrarium that seems to (genuinely) be growing inches per day to the little calendula plant that I bought while tipsy, just because I liked the colour of it.

But in addition to my living houseplants (11 + the terrarium) and balcony greenery (too many to count), I also have a growing collection of knit and crocheted plants. Clearly, I just can't get enough.

First is the adorable little neon cactus. The pattern was free in a magazine, and the yarn is all little bits of leftover scraps from my stash. The base is supported by two 2p coins (pushing the budget out, I know, but they were the perfect size and hefty enough to keep it up!) It's one of those blissful projects; quick to make, stash busting, and quirky and fun enough to make me smile every time I see it.

Then there's this ridiculous cactus pillow. When I saw it in this Bernat lookbook I knew I had to make that. I had the perfect yarn in my stash - the green sparkly acrylic was one I had rescued from my hometown church's craft fair stash due to the sheer volume of it. Though the craft fair had run its course in the community, there was no problem with the yarn (other than the fact that it was undeniably garish, Christmas-y, and covered in glitter), so I'd saved it through the years. And then this pattern beckoned.

I'm going to be honest, the finished product is just as tacky as the yarn itself was, and it totally doesn't fit in with any of my home decor. But, much like the tiny knit cactus, it makes me happy. I guess not everything in life has to be perfect and match to bring you joy!

My plant-y pièce de résistance, though, is undeniably this crochet succulent pot. I saw it on Pinterest while browsing for plant patterns - at the time I had an excess of green and brown yarns in my stash - and when I saw the pictures, and realised it was a free pattern... game over. Making it was no longer an option. It's currently in our bedroom, but it does have this tendency to move around our house depending on the real vs. fake balance of plant-life about. But I love the end result. It's a great mix of colours and textures of yarn, it's used up scrap bits of yarn, which always feels productive, and it gives me an excuse to look at this beautiful blue plant pot more often. A definite win overall!

So is this all too much of a good thing? Maybe. But you know what, this Plant Mom doesn't mind. Sometimes the best part about making things is the simple fact that you can make silly things, too. Happiness doesn't have a pricetag.

Happy stitching,
Molly x


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