Now finally – the story from Marianne Efinger continues – and this time I have a lot of patterns. In the past three weeks it was pretty hectic for me – I had a lot of work in the laboratory and even a lot more work in the vineyard.
I would have not really managed to publish the patterns so early if I wouldn’t had help from my friend Nina. She helped me with crocheting the legs for the octopus and she criticized and supported me with the captain’s hat. Thank you, dear Nina, you are a treasure!
But now I wish you a lot of fun with Caroline and Paul, and at the end of the story you will find all the instructions as PDF download.
Paul had eight strong arms equipped with suckers that could do the job with no problem. So he held Karoline tight, gripping her shell as Karoline laboriously squeezed herself out. With one final push she was free of the dreadful thing.
At first, Karoline was thrilled. She felt as free as a sea horse and decided to gallop off with the waves. Crunch! Before she knew what was happening she’d landed on her nose.
Without her shell her legs had no support, they were as soft as butter and she found herself crumpling up. She couldn’t even walk straight; all she could do was hobble. And to cap it all she couldn’t dance in the water like Paul because she was too clumsy.
But that wasn’t the worst of it. Now she had no shell she was hunted by the fish and seabirds who thought that a little crab was a welcome addition to their menu. Karoline began to realize that her wish might not have been such a wise idea after all. But she’d made the mistake and now it couldn’t be undone.
Paul was feeling guilty as he wasn’t entirely innocent of Karoline’s misfortune having egged her on too. So he took it upon himself to protect her and to help her find hiding places amongst the rocks where the fishes and seabirds couldn’t find her.
Suddenly a coconut fell from one of the palms and hit a sharp stone, splitting it neatly into two. As the next wave crashed up the beach it washed the coconut dishes into the sea.
Then he swam with the coconut dishes to a blob fish who used its gummy spit to glue the two halves together, like a hinge, so they could open and close.
When the blob fish had finished the job to his satisfaction, Paul flitted away with the coconut straight to Karoline and handed it over as a gift. The little crab jumped happily into her new armored home.
“Hah!” she said, “Now I’m almost as good as you. You can take your goggles off whenever you want and with my coconut I can do the same. I can climb out and slip back in again as I please. This is so much better than a clumsy old shell.”
“So now you are the crab coconut,” said Paul happily. And from then on Karoline and Paul were best friends.
And now Karoline and Paul are world famous because someone heard their story and told it to you. And then other people who heard the story took colored yarn and a crochet hook and turned them into Amigurumi.
And even now all children love them so much that it is all they want for their birthdays.
There is a video of an octopus (maybe it is Paul?) with a coconut: The octopus and the coconutand here is one, where you can see him walking on dry land: Octopus walking