Happy Holidays!

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Scrat from Ice Age has his acorn, so he is as happy as a squirrel can be. And I’d like to wish such true happiness to all the visitors to my little blog. It’s wonderful to have you here.

For me, this year it’s only me, my boyfriend and the cats. I miss my family, and I’d like to be with them now, but in a way I am. Polish Christmas is magic – and I mean it literally. All the traditions of this time have roots hundreds of years ago in the pagan past, in the folk beliefs in magic, demons and contact with the spirits of our ancestors. Even the meals are symbols, based on specific ingredients and different from anything else we eat during the year. Not to mention beliefs like the one that says all the house and farm animals can speak today at midnight 😉

Since I am not a follower of any religion, to me this time is about that: connection with those who were before me. There is something so comforting about this continuity and the fact that we still do something that they used to do years ago.

So whatever you celebrate, I wish you a happy, peaceful and unforgettable time… and perhaps many new wonderful crafting projects 😉

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Another doll

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This is Eunice, my second doll. Better one, I might add, at least in my opinion.

I spent the last week crocheting her as some details were a bit fiddly, and the hair were just a lot of work – not because they are very complicated but quite time- and wool-consuming.

But it was time spent well, a very nice, relaxing project, which gave me a lot of joy. I love making toys, each time I try I am quickly completely hooked and forget about the world around me – which is quite a good thing these days as it’s not the best time in my life.

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Toys and… more toys!

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!

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How I got introduced to amigurumi

My first entry is going to be dedicated to amigurumi. Why? Because this is my latest love, joy and something I am still getting into. I never thought I could actually make my own toy, one that looks great and is a pleasure to create. Yet as it turned out, amigurumi – crochet toys – is something available to make even for beginners, and there are plenty of great patterns (free and paid) available online.

Perhaps I’d never have found out amigurumi, if not for my cats. My younger cat, Ciri, is crazy about small mice toys. I buy them all the time, and they keep disappearing in some secret places where neither I, nor my cats can find them. So it was only natural to start wondering – hey, what about making a few of these myself?

Now, there are many patterns and tutorials available online. But a mouse toy is pretty basic, there is not much philosophy in it, so I just made my own without keeping any kind of stitch count, just starting with six single crochets worked into magic circle (pretty common in amigurumi patterns), and increasing and decreasing when necessary. When I made a few of them, I decided to look for some nicer mouse patterns and that’s how I discovered the world of crocheted stuffed animals and other toys.

My first discovery was the fantastic website by Sharon Ojala, Amigurumi To Go. Sharon creates beautiful, elegant and simple patterns, and shares them totally free online. She also has a youtube chanel where she explains everything with great patience. Her small Teddy Bear and Little Big Foot Giraffe and Monkey were my first “real” amigurumis. To my surprise, they turned out pretty great!

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