Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone one has a fantastic (and safe) celebration😊. I’m spending the night in trying to comfort my critters – the fireworks started around 5 in my neighborhood, and both Poppy and Salem took off to the back room. So, I’ve got dog soothing music playing and decided to do a little stitching.
The women in my family crocheted, so I learned about as soon as I was old enough to hold a hook. But I wanted to knit, so once I learned to knit I pretty much quit crocheting. Then about a year and a half ago my niece asked me to help her with a crochet project and I felt a little awkward not being able to do much to help with this family tradition. So, it was time to relearn to crochet.
Once I did, I discovered something I hadn’t realized before – crocheting generally goes much quicker than knitting. I decided to start an afghan last fall and joked that it would probably take about 5 years…and it ended up being closer to 5 weeks. Super cool, huh?
But now that I am back to crocheting, I need to revisit my stuffed food collection. That’s right – I have a collection of stuffed foods that I have knitted. I seem to have a bit of a food obsession – I even have a variety of food themed fabric designs in my Portfolio. Maybe because I am hungry all the time?
So, while crochet amigurumi has been all the rage I have only ever knit these fun little items. But no more – it is time to break out the crochet hook and add to my food collection!
Why am I telling you unknown strangers this? Because I have never been good at understanding crochet patterns. As a kid I tended to just make things up (and never finish them – I’m a bit infamous in my family for this). When I dabbled as an adult I spent more time trying to understand the instructions than actually crocheting. And usually I just gave up. Then I realized that the stitch names don’t mean the same thing everywhere! Who on earth decided that “single crochet” should mean one thing in the US and quite another thing in the UK? What sort of madness is this? I can only assume it is some sort of punishment for that little revolution thing we had a couple of centuries ago.
At this point I have made a few crochet items and have developed some level of muscle memory, but I still do best if I see pictures with the pattern so I know what “2 SC in first ST and 1 SC in each of the next three STS” means in this particular instance. Actually, if it weren’t for YouTube I probably wouldn’t have re-entered the world of crochet. Big thanks to Arne and Carlos (www.arnecarlos.com) for their slow-motion demonstration of the stitches. And Arne – if you ever read this – don’t worry that you can’t remember the English names for the stitches. I’ve only ever spoken English I clearly I can’t remember the names either😊.
I have found a cute cupcake pattern on KnitPicks that I am going to try, and report back on my success. The free pattern is here: Amigurumi Crochet Cupcake. (Disclaimer: the fine folks at KnitPicks give me a commission if you use my link. So, support a food obsessed, starving artist and go buy some of their fantastic products!) When I’m done I will report back on how easy it is for the easily confused to follow the pattern. And show you my newest stuffed food.
Happy New Year!