I’m trying to slowly dip my feet back into the blogging world now that I have more free time. I hope to start posting regularly and more than likely it’ll be about crocheting, my daughter Penny (and her cousins), my dog Logan, or the wedding I’m currently planning (wheeeeeeeee, I’m going to ramble so much!). At times it may be about all four! Here’s my first post back. . .
When I first started to crochet it was with the intention of having something to occupy my hands. I had recently found out I was pregnant and had to quit smoking cold turkey. Idle hands and all, you know? 😀 I’d always wanted to try to crochet and what better time than when I was pregnant. It took me a bit to understand all the phrases and basic crochet, but after enlisting YouTube’s help I got the hang of it. I made my Boy a beanie, my niece Cali this adorable flowered hat, and finally my Penny some adorable booties. Unfortunately, about halfway through my pregnancy I developed carpal tunnel (shaking my fist like crazy here) and it became too much. I could barely manage a few rounds before the numbness of my fingertips made me give up.
But while I was able to I mastered the simple baby beanie/hat, I figured out booties and even bootie socks. Penny even had a hat and matching booties as part of her coming home outfit. They were tiny and perfect just like her! Having to stop a new hobby just after starting it was horrible and made me sad but I was able to pick it back up after having my Penny. I made a few more hats and a few more booties but soon found out that my Penny was not a fan of the hats (again shaking my fist like crazy) so back to the drawing board. If I’m being honest it broke my poor wee heart a little LOL. I’m hoping this winter will be a bit better but since she runs on the warm side I’m not holding my breath (serious eyerolling).
This was all fun and everything but I wanted to try something else. I’d run across amigurimi patterns before but they seemed entirely too complex for me so instead I focused back on hats.At this point though I’d mastered the basic double crochet beanie and used it as a base for character hats. I was able to make hats for nieces and nephews such as Iron Man or TMNT, and they loved them but I got bored. I attempted this Pixie hat but made it entirely too huge so I improvised and turned it into a hooded cowl. With this horrible heat starting so early though these items were completely unnecessary so once again I went back to the drawing board and that moved me back to amigurimi.
Like I said before, I’d run across all these patterns on YouTube, Ravelry, Pinterest and thought they were SO beyond adorable. It seemed so complicated at first but with the practice I’d had I was able to figure it out. The first item I made was Lambert the Lamb/Sheep. He seemed a bit off but that was okay. I then made Stella the Penguin and she was just beyond precious. Then there was Elmer the Lion and Seabiscuit the Seahorse. . I struggled a bit with attaching the pieces but I find the more I make, the easier it becomes. And I just fell in love. I’m in heaven making these little things. That fact that you make them in pieces helps too so it doesn’t seem so taxing. Anyone who knits or crochets may understand this but for me when I’m working the same round/row over and over again it just becomes so boring and well, taxing. It’s why I avoided making hats for adults, oops! But with these little cuties it was so much easier making one piece at a time. I’ve found so many that I want to attempt and I’m having such a great time that I can’t wait to make more!