Posts have been few over the holidays but crafting has been happening. A few new books were added to the crafting library.
One was another book of amigurumi creatures called "Kyuuto! Japanese Crafting: Amigurumi" and my first attempt from these patterns was the duck.
I was using up odd bits of wool so the duck on the right turned out more greenish than yellow because of the variegated wool. The ply of yarn for the second try was finer resulting in a smaller finished product! I forgot to put the eyes in before stuffing and sewing up the second try so had to try something different. I crocheted two small circles and added a french knot to these before stitching them on. I think I prefer the safety eyes and will try hard to remember to add these to any future critters before stuffing and finishing off! Both of these critters were immediately christened "not-ducks" by the other discerning members of my household.
As my birthday was quite close to when I was trying out this pattern, DH kindly provided me with a card that had a picture of a duck on the front so that I could see the error of my ways in calling these little critters ducks.
The inside of the card was even carefully labelled with "This is a duck" just so that I got the message. I loved the card and the not-ducks are sitting quite happily amongst the other crochet creations.
The other amigurumi pattern made several times by Avid Crafter and myself was this cupcake pattern by Ana Pauly Rimoli. I purchased her beautiful owl pattern and the cupcake pattern came with that. She also has the cupcake pattern as a free pattern on her blog.
The two bigger ones were created by Avid Crafter and the little one at the front is mine. The beautiful one on the left with the most georgous sparkly beads, for sprinkles, was given to me by Avid Crafter for my birthday which was a lovely surprise as I thought she was making it for herself. My little one is being used as a pincushion.
In various stages of completion are a few other projects - some baby creations for an expected arrival later in the year and some fabric is waiting for the pattern to be drafted before it is turned into a new top for Avid Crafter.