It’s been eight months since I started crocheting amigurumi. I’m having a lot of fun with it, particularly as it still allows me to engage in other things I also enjoy, like science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and so on. So far I’ve completed about a dozen projects and have progressed fairly well with my skills (though I still have lots to learn!). While reflecting on how far I’ve come, I realized there are things I’ve learned along the way that would have been helpful to know up front. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, so, without further ado, here are ten beginner crochet tips I wish amigurumi tutorials had taught me!
In May I was working on crocheting the second test for my Pod Palls doll. Beta 2.0 was going to be more detailed, potentially able to stand on its own, and would have been a bit larger than Beta 1.0. In the end I scrapped that test as it was taking too long and I was getting frustrated over trying to work in the extra details. Possibly I’ll give it another go in the future. Instead, I decided to move on to doing my first official Pod Pal, for Mynxee!
I frogged a crochet project for the first time yesterday.
Frogging, as I have learned, is a slang term used in crochet, knit, and even cross-stitch communities to describe the act of unraveling work (pulling out a portion, or all, of the stitches). It’s a play on words: frogs say “ribbit, ribbit, ribbit” when they croak; when crafters find a mistake in their work, or decide they no longer want to continue with that work (or want to recover the yarn to do something else), they “rip it, rip it, rip it”.
I spent Canada Day by sleeping in late, tidying up my home, enjoying some sun on my balcony, and then finally by watching episodes of Stargate SG-1. While Jack O’Neill and his team went out on their adventures, my idle hands needed to be kept occupied…so I made something new and tentacle-y. Check it out in the Gallery!
I recently got an itch to revisit the Myst series of games. The serene yet subtly disturbing puzzle-oriented mysteries of Myst and Riven were ground-breaking for their day. I’m a gamer today primarily because of this universe.
It’s been a while since the last post in this series, so definitely time to get back to solving the mysteries of the Fifth Age!
I feel I’m nearly done Riven. Things are quickly coming to a head between me, Gehn, and the Black Moiety.
Come with me as I continue my journey!
Fair warning: if you’ve never played Riven, there are spoilers ahead!
Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so I made my Dad a little gift: the ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde from Pac-Man. Check the Gallery to see pics!
They say the eyes are the window to the soul…
After completing the Pod Pals Beta 1.0, I took a break in my crochet plans to try something else.
The result was Timothy the T-Rex!
Some people like to collect things, particularly when those things are items which represent something they are passionate about. When it comes to EVE Online, the MMO I play, the playerbase gobbles up official merchandise from CCP whenever it can. Many of the in-game corporations, alliances, and coalitions have also made buttons, armbands, patches, coins, medals, pens, mousepads, mugs, and all manner of other kind of promotional materials for their members. Then there are the individual players who frequently make their talents available to create fabulous artwork, videos, logos, tshirts, posters, paintings, sketches, and more by request.
Welp. Here I am, tentatively throwing my hat into that ring.
Another crochet project has been added to the Gallery! This one is a very cute elephant. After a couple more projects I think I will split the crochet work into its own Amigurumi section.
I’m really enjoying crochet. It’s a wonderful pastime and fairly relaxing, something I can do when I’m not really interested in playing games or otherwise working on my computer. Good activity to keep my hands busy while I’m watching a movie!
My next project will be a doll. A very particular doll. :D
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I just opened a Jones soda and under the lid it says this. HMM. It is Tuesdsy today right? >.> https://t.co/kfhUuwptx3
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