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Crochet Toys

Inspired by Trish’s post earlier today, I thought I would share a few of my recent crochet projects, little amigurumi dolls from the book Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden.  I saw this book on Amazon and knew I had to try making these!

I’ve been crocheting for as long as I can remember.  It’s pretty much the only crafty talent I have.  I actually have no idea when I started; all I know is that my mom and my grandma taught me and I crochet righty even though I’m a lefty.  I tried to switch once I realized I was doing it wrong, figuring my stitches might be neater if I was using my dominant hand, with the help of a crochet book my future mother-in-law gave me, but it seemed crazy and difficult, so I’ve continued doing it backwards.  Mostly I’ve crocheted blankets, flowers, and pillow covers that adorn my parents’ house, so when I learned about amigurumi, I was really excited.  Something different!  Yay!

I needed a little help getting these projects started.  They use a magic circle rather than what I normally start out with to crochet in the round, but a video tutorial I found here really helped.

My first project was a little ninja for my fiance:

img_1062He was pretty easy to make!  He was also one of the beginner projects.  Apologies for the crappy flash, but you couldn’t see his sash without it.  The next guy I made was a businessman doll for my dad to take to work with him.

img_1060I also made a little trojan warrior and a vampire before I had to actually do schoolwork again.

img_1088I’m really looking forward to making more.  I don’t have the book with me anymore, but I have requested a couple from the local library.  I’m also thinking about getting back into knitting, which I have actually forgotten how to do.  It’s fun to devote time to something and have a tangible result at the end of it, so unlike the feel of all my grad school work these days!

Are you crafty?  What do you make?

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