Then at a craft evening at a friends house, I found in a pile of 'must have a go at that' craft books, "Amigurumi Friends". I found myself strangely drawn to these little knitted and crocheted creatures that obviously require years of formal training before you could even attempt to turn a ball of yarn with the help of some needles into anything recognisable.
Then came along My Love Bumps who set a challenge to set up a Pinterest board, pin crafty type things to it and then make something from your board.
Then I found this post on RedTedArt for a SIMPLE (note how I have stressed the word simple) amigurumi teddy bear.
So what could be more natural than I pin that cute bear onto my board, dust off the crochet needle, get me some yarn and make like a Granny?
Here he is. The SIMPLE teddy bear, as posted by RedTedArt from Amieggs
Cute isn't he?
Well I had a go using some online 'how to' videos. You know, 'how to' tie a slip knot, how to make one crochet stitch, that kind of thing.
Casting on stitches, I have found, is the trickiest thing to do. Fiddly doesn't even cover it. I am not the most patient of people and I thought *cough* I could knock this little bear out in one evening. Yeah right. Five evenings later and I was finally stuffing the little f..ella.
So here is my crochet journey (edited) (heavily).
|Casting on, and on, and on...|
|Ta da! A doily! Bugger, it's supposed to be a bear's head!|
So it seems I may need a bit more practise, and patience. And I need to actually count stitches, learn to read a pattern, or at worst, look at the picture of what you are aiming to achieve and make adjustments accordingly, addressing anything that differs wildly.
But enough of this waffle. You are desperate to see the finished bear I know. So here he is.
|Bugger the Bear.|
|It's like looking in a mirror!|