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Tori the Turtle · Submissions & Results! · Creator Challenge #5

Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm pleased to announce that the RESULTS for Sweet Softies' fifth annual Creator Challenge are here!  

This year, the featured pattern is Tori the Turtle.  Tori was excited to meet her new siblings, and guess what? Two more popped up within the same household!

Check out Tori's free pattern page to crochet one of your own.

Tori didn't need to wait long for more siblings to emerge from around the world. Many more turtles soon joined this little, hard-shelled crew throughout the month of May, while the Creator Challenge took place.  A number of WIP and finished turtle photos began sprouting up in the Sweet Softies FB group and on Instagram!

You are all SO creative and really talented at customizing your turtles and adding your own flair to them.  It brings me such joy to see all your lovely creations, read up on your turtles' names and sometimes backstories (I love those!!), as well as notes on who you are gifting them to.  I know all the gifted turtles will be very much loved and cherished.

Without further ado, here is Tori the Turtle's Family Album

Take a look at all these unique turtles!

Fun Fact: There are 45 new turtles joining Tori!


The winner of Sweet Softies' Fifth Creator Challenge goes to...

Jessica Benko Martin!

Jessica actually made quite a few different turtles for this challenge, including a daisy turtle, mushroom turtle, rainbow turtle, and even an extra-large blanket yarn turtle!  They were all so creative and adorable, but her bumblebee turtle really caught my eye!  This sweet bee turtle was designed by Jessica's lovely daughter (a budding designer with these talents!) and includes a set of antennae and tiny wings.  Isn't it absolutely precious?  I'm in awe of the creativity of this piece, which was also executed so beautifully. 

Please join me in congratulating Jessica and her daughter on such a fantastic job well done!  As winner of the Creator Challenge, Jessica will be receiving a $10 coupon code to Sweet Softies' Ravelry store! 

All of the turtles that were made during the Creator Challenge were absolutely beautiful and special in their own ways!  Thank you all so much for participating in this event of mine.  I look forward to hosting another Creator Challenge next year!  

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Thank you, and happy crocheting!  Wishing you all the very best!