Currently Feeling: creative
I've been crocheting for years, but I never really made any amigurumi until recently. On one of my trips to the craft store, I happened to look through their book section, which I usually visit for coloring books, and came across this adorable book here. I ended up choosing the creature on the cover first, since I liked it so much, and after several months of starting and then putting off the project, I ended up with this adorable little thing:
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First off, I didn't have fingering weight yarn, which the pattern called for, so I took some worsted weight acrylic yarn and split it into its individual strands. I don't really recommend this method unless you've got a lot of shows or podcasts to help you through the task, but it worked surprisingly well.
Also, I wasn't happy with the way the head ended up being shaped; guess I got the stitch count wrong or something, so I did some needle shaping by putting a stitch into the middle there. It ended up giving the 'corn a cute little nose!
I also messed up a few stitches on the back, and things got pulled this way and that, and, well, there were a few gaping holes between some of my awkwardly placed stitching, so I covered it up with a little felt saddle and saddle blanket. The pattern also has instructions for a little star for the horse's backside, but I happened to have these cute mini-doilies from Michaels' dollar section some years ago, so I decided it was a good time to use them here.
Rainbow hair! Truly, this yarn is too scratchy for anything else, but it looks adorable here.
The original pattern called for safety eyes, but I don't have any and I can't be bothered with that. Felt works great, especially if you paint it before putting it on.
What do you think? I love it! I'm considering making it a sibling in black yarn, but I've got a few other projects I want to work through first.