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?

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6 comments

  1. Paardje · August 7, 2015

    I’ve recently gotten back to crochet and branching out from my usual doilies ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it! It’s so much fun and there’s so much to learn about it. I’m working on a shrug for my daughter, there are granny squares waiting to be sewn together, and whenever I need instant gratification I make something for my daughter’s Barbie doll. Oh did I mention it’s a lot of fun? ๐Ÿ˜€ Create happy!

    • Curiously Sara · August 7, 2015

      What a great idea! It hadn’t even occurred to me to try crocheting doll/toy clothes and the instant gratification is a definite perk. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  2. muslimstitchcraft · August 7, 2015

    The very start of becoming an extraordinaire is to practice! Maybe with a yarn where you could see your stitches ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I can say just keep trying and the more you learn, the easier it gets.

    • Curiously Sara · August 7, 2015

      Thanks for the advice! I just love textured yarns, but they are not so great for learning new things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also think maybe doing a flat project (instead of a 3D shape) would help me improve my technique. Just need to decide what to make…

  3. Gcraftstore · August 12, 2015

    Amigurumi is so much fun, you should give it another try, i’m an amugurumist (if the word is right๐Ÿ˜œ) and i can tell you it’s not hard to master, it just needs passion and patience, and on tip so as not to loose your counting is attaching a stitch marker on top of every round so that you can know the beg. Of your rounds easily, and if it happened and did something wrong at this round you won’t have to go all the way back. Have fun ^_^

  4. Curiously Sara · August 12, 2015

    Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll definitely give it a try again, it’s too cute to resist for long… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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