Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hooker Heaven

So, it's been awhile. I guess life got in the way of writing about life. That's probably a good sign, I guess. I've had a few ideas for blog entries floating around in my head that I'll hopefully get to in the next little while, but here's what I've been working on while I could've been blogging.

Crochet! I know, it sounds like something Grandmas do... making doilies and afghans and baby blankets (and they do of course!), but there is a huge resurgence among us younger folk. My Grandma passed away in September and I asked for her hooks and have been 'hooked' ever since. I borrowed every book in the library and also found a wealth of stuff on the internet. Yay for the internet! And of course my Mom has been a huge help... she is super-awesome at crocheting. I never thought I could do it, but here I am. Nowhere near as good as her of course, but keeping with it anyway.

I started out interested in making purses and hats and stuff like that, and discovered something I was really interested in...

Amigurumi. A Japanese style of crocheting (and sometimes knitting) cute toys, usually made in a continuous spiral. Anyway, I won't bore you with the details, but here's a few of the projects that I've finished. Some definitely turned out better than others, but I'm still learning and the thing I love about the ami's is that they are still pretty cute no matter how badly you screw up.

(<--The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf)

Ami's are usually pretty small, but these two guys are huggable sized. I made the bear for Isaac and the bunny for Katie. They have the special safety eyes I had to special-order and wait for, so these two sat around for a while without their heads on. It was a little creepy. Isaac likes his bear though, he added it to his bed-bears.

And by request, a snake for Isaac. And a carrot rattle for Katie.

I've also started working on some Easter stuff for the kids, even though Easter is really late this year. Because Isaac can't have most Easter goodies, I thought I'd make crochet eggs that he can hunt for. And I also made the basket.
I'm working on a mobile for Katie's room right now and it should be super-cute, but like most ami-stuff it has really little pieces to sew together, so it's actually taking longer than some of the bigger things. Oh well, it should be really cute.
Anyway, it's been a great outlet for me. I've searched all my life for something that lets me be creative, but also follows a pattern because sometimes I'm creatively-challenged. And eventually I'll probably start making my own patterns, so that's cool. So, yup, I'll be the grandma making the afghans and baby blankets. One can hope. :)