I’m a hooker!

I’ve started hooking, but I’m not that good yet so I’ve yet to get paid. I hope with practice, I’ll get the strength up in my hands and be able to do it all night instead of an hour here and there. Hopefully, I’ll get good enough for people to pay me just to learn how I hook.

Yes, I’m talking about my new hobby. I can do it anywhere and everywhere… no, not that! It’s crochet, of course.

I saw a book on how to make Amigurumi, which is the Japanese art of making cute little crochet figures, and could not resist the pull of extreme adorableness. Just look at it!

Keroppi Amigurumi

Keroppi Amigurumi by Kham Tran, via Flickr, CC by 2.0.

My fingers twitched in anticipation of completing my own teeny, tiny little creation. I purchased the book and after some trial and error, was actually able to make a fuzzy blue hamster. Why blue, you ask? I had some yarn left over from my knitting board projects (fuzzy blue, chunky yellow, and smooth purple) and the blue seemed the most hamstery (that’s a word, right?). I chose the hamster because it seemed to be one of the more simple projects since it was essentially an egg shape with tiny ears and an embroidered face. Unfortunately, I kept loosing my stitch count and my hamster ended up looking like a weird cat toy.

This is where the picture of my masterpiece “nailed it” result would be if I can ever find it (it’s currently lost in a box with a gazillion toys). For now, just imagine an peeled, boiled egg so moldy that the fuzz looks like an urban city landscape. Spray paint that moldy egg blue and you have my first amigurumi creation.

Do I have a future as an amigurumi extraordinaire? No, not likely, but I did have fun learning to crochet. If you’d like to get started learning to crochet, check out Ravelry for tons of free crochet and knitting patterns. I found an amazing jewel-tone mermaid blanket pattern that I’d really like to try making. Are you a soon-to-be or experienced crocheter? What project are you working on next?