It's not often that The Animator's Wife crochets from a pattern designed by someone else. In fact, one of the last things she attempted was the vintage kitten pattern back in April, which ended in somewhat of a disaster.
But I have to admit, sometimes it's nice to watch The Animator's Wife sit and crochet things from other people's patterns simply because she is so much calmer than when she designs her own things. I know she enjoys the challenge, but I've always felt that working from other patterns has been a good way for her to relax while still doing what she loves most.
One pattern she did recently is Beth Espina-Cole's Crocheted Baby Starghan. She did it in Cowboys colors for a friend who is a fan of the Dallas team and is having a baby boy.Jayne Cobb Hat (with a few minor changes) for a friend who is a big fan of the Firefly series.
Oh, speaking of wanting things from other people, the kittens discovered my gerbils the other day when The Animator's Wife had them out of the big tank to change their bedding.