I'm really not into crocheting little toys like that, especially an airplane! A princess.. maybe. Although instructions for these things look simple enough, I know there can be hidden gotchas once you start trying them out. But I said I'd give it a try and cautioned her to have a Plan "B" ready.
The cutest patterns looked way too difficult, but I found this free patten on The Craft Frog. It looked like a good compromise --- cute and a good chance of coming out right. I used a cotton dishcloth type yarn because I already had some. It was definitely a challenge and something I don't intend to ever do again! The pieces are fiddly and it's tricky to sew them all together. But in the end, I think it worked out pretty well. My friend liked it a lot and that's what counts. Actually, that smiley face on the windshield is pretty endearing.
I couldn't resist signing up for a WOCS Fairy quilt square. I had a pattern in my stash Li'l Fairies by Pine Glen Designs, with several funky little cuties that were just the right size. I had stitched one of them a number of years ago, and now I know why I didn't do more. The charts are very hard to follow. The backstitching lines obscure the edges of the stitching so you have to guess which stitches are whole stitches and which are fractional. And I find it difficult to count when using charts that don't have a darker line every 10 stitches. So she took a little longer and I did my fair share of frogging, but I do like the result for this quilt. It's stitched on 32 count lugana.
While looking for something else, I came across two completed Paula Vaughn pieces that I completed a hundred years ago. I never knew what to do with them and I decided they needed to come out of hiding. So they have been donated to WOCS as well to use as they please, possibly on a "Ladie's Accessories" quilt, on a tote bag, or on a pillow. I leave that to the sewers. They are both done on 18 ct ivory Aida.
Paula Vaughn Reflections of the Past
Paula Vaughn Cameo of the Past