Hello! Thanks for your replies!
I've considered crocheting a little horse, but I'd need to find instructions somewhere online as I couldn't figure that all out by myself!
I also loom knit, which is great for scarves and hats but is very repetitive to me and is harder for me to finish than knitted or crocheted items.
How do you crochet a saddle pad?? :O
Yes, I want to see little horsie too. I have several books of patterns for cute animals, but haven't started any yet.
Saddle pad... I took measurements of a current saddle pad then enlarged by a third (to compensate for shrinkage during the wet felting process) and crochet in rows appropriately in a really thick/dense stitch to desired size.
Once done, I will wet felt it and viola... saddle pad.
Well, that's the theory anyway....
Actually I have done this on a smaller scale and it does work. If the finished product isn't quite thick enough I can double up and the next pad I make I can crochet using two strands held together at the same time.
I tend to like working with bulky and worsted weight yarns anyway because it is easier on my hands. The tiny crochet threads and itty bitty needles make my fingers go numb, even though I like how the delicate stuff looks and will make jewely flowers once in a while.