Sunday, February 17, 2008


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!


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 :)