Hey, there! At long last, I am finally getting around to the first official blog post. I thought a nice way to start off would be to talk about a few of my most recent amigurumi projects and the three crochet projects I am currently working on. The amigurumi projects took priority, but now I finally have some time to work on my personal pieces for the fall. (Quick side note, for anyone who is unfamiliar: “amigurumi” is the Japanese art of knitting/crochet stuffed toys.)
The first of my finished items was a pair of Minnie Mouses (Minnie Mice?) using a pattern by Studio Crafti. I find this pattern a challenge because it involves so many individual parts that must be crocheted and then assembled, but I have found a few adjustments that work a bit better for me, such as omitting the thumbs and replacing the embroidered eyes with safety eyes. I am so happy with how they turned out, and I am looking forward to sending them to their new home.
Next, in addition to the pair of Minnies, I also completed a matching Mickey and Minnie set, using the same pattern by Studio Crafti. I am very proud of these, as well.
The final item that I completed recently was a special one. My aunt requested a police car for her grandson, whose father is a police officer. The pattern I used was by Amigurmisnl, and I purchased it on Etsy. WOW, this pattern was a challenge to follow. Partly because it is sometimes difficult to envision how the different pieces of the item are going to become the finished product, but also because the way the pattern was written differed from what I’m used to, and the instructions were very unclear at times. However, the end result was a pretty cool police car, so I suppose all’s well that ends well. I did make some changes to the pattern as I went along. Most notably, I used different colors and replaced the single light on top with a more modern bar light (not sure what to call it). Also, the engine hood was originally supposed to be composed of 3 pieces– the top and 2 side pieces– but this did not work out very well for me, for some reason, so I chose to make the engine hood in one piece like the trunk. Here is the finished product:
Works in Progress
Now, onto my works in progress! The first is a blanket that I started AGES ago, before I even discovered amigurumi. I don’t remember what possessed me to buy two balls of this Bernat Blanket yarn (color: Teal Dreams), but eventually I decided I had to do something with it so that it wouldn’t be taking up valuable storage space. So, what did I do? I bought MORE of it, of course! While that doesn’t immediately seem to make a lot of sense, it is difficult to make a blanket out of two balls of yarn. I’m not following any kind of pattern for this blanket. It is just basic single crochet. It might take me years to get around to finishing it, but eventually it will be a very large and heavy, very soft blanket.
My next work in progress is the Elise wrap, designed by Bernadette Ambergen of Berniolie Designs. The wrap is comprised entirely of half double crochet V’s, and transitions from working with two strands of one color, to one strand of each color, to two strands of the second color. This is the first project I’ve done that has required lace-weight yarn. To cut down on material costs, I decided to use the Amazing Lace yarn by Lion Brand, in colors Doily White and Mesh Sage. OH MY GOODNESS, this yarn is the SOFTEST yarn I have EVER felt. On the Joann Fabrics website, I believe it was described as feeling like cashmere. As I mentioned, I’m not used to working with such thin yarn, but the softness makes it absolutely lovely to work with. I can’t wait to bundle up in this wrap in the winter.
Finally, this week I started working on the Sandbar Cardi, designed by Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts. This long cardigan uses 24/7 Cotton yarn by Lion Brand, and I chose the color Silver, which actually looks more like a dark gray instead of the light gray I was expecting. It is worked using half double crochet, as well, which I like because of the stretch that the stitch gives. This is only the second garment I’ve ever crocheted (the first was kind of a disaster), but I LOVE how it is coming along. It is actually the 3rd TL Yarn Crafts pattern I have used and I have loved them all, so I definitely recommend checking out more of Toni’s patterns if you crochet.
Well, that’s it for this first blog post. Thanks for checking it out, and I hope you’ll come back for the next one! Feel free to leave a comment or question about these amigurumi and crochet projects, if you have one!