Sunday, February 17, 2008

Amiguwhatnow?

May I introduce the latest members of the Skeins and Steins family...
...these two little cuties from the Lion Brand website (!).

Ravelry continues to prove dangerous. A few nights ago, I was bored of working on my Super Secret project, didn't want to work on my dad's Sweater O' Doom, and didn't have any other projects available.

And then I searched for "toys". And then "amigurumi". Next thing I know, I'm crocheting and sewing together a little penguin. And then another one.

I don't even crochet.

I learned to crochet back in grade school, around the time I learned to knit, but it never really clicked. I could single crochet until the cows came home, but ask for another stitch, or mention a pattern and all you would have is a big old tangle, artistically arranged around a metal hook.

But when I saw the Amigurumi Penguin on Ravelry, I was enthralled. I was enamored of their cute little beaks, and beady little eyes, and I wanted one. Or two. I was able to brush up on crochet terms online, and by the end of the night, I had one little critter tucked into bed with me.

It's really nice to have rediscovered an old skill, one that I never really appreciated. I don't know how many more toys I'll crochet, or how much use my crochet hooks will get, but I am so pleased with these little guys (and with myself!)

I made them even more special by filling the bottom half of their bodies with rice, and added a few drops of lavender essential oils. So, not only are they cute, they smell good too!

3 comments:

tracyb said...

Oh my gosh, those are so cute! We got one of the amigurumi books at our library, I was trying to hold off since I have too many WIP's going on, but those are inspirational! I haven't crocheted in a long time though . . .

Catherine said...

Thanks! They were so fun. I find crochet a lot less fiddly than knitting for small items (especially toys) but I am definitely not very good at it. These guys are all just single crochet- very easy.

I really shouldn't have started them because I also have a bag of WIP's, but i couldn't resist!

The Happy College Knitter said...

Awww...those are adorable :)