|Charlene and Carrie, two Crocheted Cows|
When I create a crocheted 'critter' I often base them on my interests and experiences.
I lived on a farm the summer I was ten and my brother and I were put in charge of a pair of twin calves born that Spring. I've liked cows ever since.
I grew up in western New York State, a large dairy region, so I am very familiar with the Holstein bred as dairy cows for their large milk production. Today, the state is known as the Yogurt Capital of the Nation.
This is my interpretation in crochet of a Holstein cow. Her name is Carrie and she is a roly-poly plush cow who is small enough to fit nicely in a child's hands at a round 5 x 5 inches. Carrie is handmade in washable acrylic yarn in black and white.
|Carrie the Holstein Cow|
How did the Holstein get its coloring?
More than 2,000 years ago, two European tribes migrated to the Rhine Delta of the Netherlands and brought their stock. One tribe had black animals and the other had white animals. Intermingling through breeding of these animals gave us the black-and-white dairy cow we know today. True story! These cattle were brought to America after the New World was settled and the Holstein is now our main milk-producing breed.
|Charlene the Brown Jersey Cow|
Another cow in my Etsy Shop's "Barnyard Buddies Series" is a replica of a brown Jersey Cow, which is another kind of dairy cow originally found on the Jersey Island in the Channel Islands of the English Channel off Normandy on the French Coast. Since the real Jersey Cow is too big for a playroom, my little round Roly-Poly Jersey Cow named Charlene is the perfect playtime size at just 4 x 4 inches.
Did you know that cows only sleep about 4 hours a day? So these little plush cows will be awake and ready to play just about anytime.
Country Decor in a Cow Theme
|Cow and Cowhide Drink Coasters|
These coasters were created using plastic canvas and acrylic yarn. This set of 4 includes 2 coasters with a design of a cow stitched in black, white and peach on a green background, and 2 coasters stitched in black and white in a 'cowhide' design.
|Cow Design Potholders|
Continuing the cow theme in the kitchen, here are some potholders that match the beverage coasters.
Cow Potholder measures 8 x 8 inches and has a darling design of a Cow's face done in Holstein cow colors and crocheted onto a grass-green background.
Cowhide Potholder measures 9 x 8 inches and is crocheted in the pattern of a black & white 'cowhide'.
All of these items in a country cow theme can be found in my Etsy Shop, Coastal Crochet Crafts.