I have some big plans for equally big projects: a throw, a shawl, and some smaller accessories… yet here I am again, stuck in the amigurumi land, and I can’t seem to be able to get out of it. In fact, I really don’t want to get out of it!
I’ve had a lot of free time recently. My boyfriend went to Athens for two weeks, and my latest contract is over, with the renewal already signed, but the job is going to start in late September. I’m staying home with the cats and with my crochet hooks and plenty of yarn… and all those wonderful patterns which just cannot let me forget about them.
So first of my most recent toys is Simon’s Cat. I love him, he’s such a real depiction of cat’s behaviour and attitude! Or should I say, cattitude? 😉 The pattern I found is free, and very well written, but most importantly, it’s so very realistic! This is just Simon’s Cat, as if it jumped straight out of the cartoon. I love his facial expression, it caught his personality perfectly 🙂
(Here he is on the cat tree. See the little paw above? This is my younger girl checking this new arrival).
It took me three days to finish this project. I used white DROPS Nepal – their cheap version of alpaca and wool yarn, which I think is really great for bigger toys. I used 3 skeins and then needed some more for the tail, so I had to add some off-white to the mix, as I simply couldn’t wait a few days to order more white yarn and finish the tail with it 🙂
Second project, which I completed in five days, is my first ever crochet doll from this pattern. I was quite nervous to start, because of all the tiny detail, fingers, clothes… just take a look:
Once again, the pattern is very well described, clear, with plenty of photos and a scheme for the hands.
I think the head is slightly too big, and with all the hair and the hat it’s quite heavy, especially that the neck is so thin… of course, the pattern says to insert a wire, but even with it the head keeps turning around a bit. It’s not a big problem really though.
Compared to the original pattern, I kept the same shoes and hat (in different colours of course – I used up some scrap yarn for them, while the doll’s body is all made of pure cotton), but made my own dress. The original dress is not removable – it is placed on the doll before the head is sewn on, and I didn’t like the idea of not being able to change the clothes on the doll.
I also added the flower handbag and gave her a toy – the small teddy bear from my first post. I think that little girls need their toys 🙂
I enjoyed this project very much, crocheting her clothes made me feel like a child again, as if I was still in my grandmother’s kitchen, sewing dresses for the dolls from all the fabric scraps she had collected for me (grandma was a tailor so I always had a good collection to choose from).
And this is how the doll looks undressed and with loose hair – just looking at her I have some new ideas for winter outfits for her:
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. I’m not sure where to go next yet. Perhaps finally I should focus on something more serious…? I promised myself that this year’s gifts for my family when I visit them will be crocheted by me. And they shouldn’t all be toys I suppose so I have some good motivation. And yet… the heart is fully stuck on amigurumi. So many ideas and such strong need to try to work on my own pattern… something simple of course, just to see what I am capable of.