Knitting the scarf was boring. I needed something new to keep my hands busy at park days. A friend told me about amigurumi- Japanese crocheted stuffed animals. She showed me an octopus (similar to those above but with round legs- which I actually think look much cuter) and I was inspired. She was right- it can be very easy and quick.
The kids absolutely love them. Elijah has since requested/received a large penguin. Apparently, though, there are several levels of difficulty for amigurumi. Sadie requested a deer from a 2nd book from the library and I’ve ripped out all of the stitches three times before realizing that the pattern she chose is labeled ‘advanced.’ Oy.
For us novices, I highly recommend this book (which I got from our local library): Amigurumi- Seriously cute crochet. I’m off to try to decipher this deer pattern from the other book which- after eliciting more curse words- will soon be returned to the library.