I have been a basic knitter for many years now. I don't knit all of the time. And I don't know many complicated stitches. I may let my needles sit for a year, but then I find a project that I love (and think I can handle) and I find myself knitting again for awhile. I have enjoyed knitting many blankets and scarves.
Erin, at Why Not Sew? blog , has so many adorable projects with beautiful crochet touches. Whenever she makes a new , adorable project with some crocheting in it, I say to myself..." At least learn how to crochet a little something!!" So I finally started collecting the tutorials that I ran across, in hopes that when I do learn how to crochet , I will have some cute projects to work on.
And you know how awesome it is to find a friend, who lives close by, who will help you figure out things with knitting and crocheting? I found my Judy in my choir , and she patiently has showed me many of the basics of crocheting . Judy is in the Prayer Shawl group at our church,and she is always knitting or crocheting blankets and shawls to give away, through this touching ministry.
By the way, Judy was carrying her scissors around in a zip-lock baggie. When I found this out, I knew what I wanted to make her as a little thank you gift ...
|Easy Snap Clutch Pattern by Sweet Pea Patterns Susie's Sunroom|
They are bigger than they seem.... my large scissors fit inside of it!
|Large enough for scissors and more|
So , after a few months of practicing the basics of crochet, I ventured out into making a few yarn baskets. (I'll show you them soon.)
But this cute Easter Basket pattern caught my eye, and so I decided to try to make it.
I knew it wouldn't be perfect, but I could learn by trying to make it.
Lion Brand Patterns website - Amigurumi Bunny Basket Pattern #: 80092AD
Yarn: Vanna's Choice white and pink
Level: Easy level 2
I was thrilled to get the ears to look like ears! This is the first time I made something other than a circle for a basket. (The ears were a bit floppy, so I put some white pipe cleaners in them to give them some stiffness.)
I made a little pompom for his tail. (I now know I can add LOTS more yarn on the next one that I make.)
I looked up the word Amigurumi..... The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll, typical in Japanese culture. (Amigurumi really became popular worldwide in 2003.)
So I hope this is the start of a fun journey into the crocheting world.... in hopes of learning how to embellish lots of cute projects.