Monday, May 22, 2006

Amigurumi

I've nearly finished my shrug - just one little teensy tie to do. Really, I don't know what's taking me so long. It's shameful. But I just seem to have lost the drive at the moment. Not that I don't still grab my crochet as soon as I sit down in front of the TV, but recently I seem to simply hold it whilst gawking at the goggle box. Progress is pathetically slow. I suppose I did go through a period of not watching TV at all and only crocheting, so maybe it's time to redress the balance with some proper square-eyed behaviour.

Anyway, enough of my excuses, this is just a short post to say that I'm planning on jumping on that Amigurumi band wagon very soon. Crochet Me has a special on the little blighters and I really just can't get enough of them. Just as with the whole crochet clothes business (and how I got sucked into it against my will) I've never had any desire at all to make crocheted toys - since they remind me of receiving crap presents at Christmas from my Grandmother (along with the thermal underwear, which funnily enough I'd probably rather like now). However, as with so much in life, the Japanese know how to make things that are a whole lot cuter than our western woolly ways.

Leigh, of Knit-Errant fame, did this lovely one from a pattern she got here; Amy from the Hook & I has hers well on the way and - OH MY HEAVENLY LORD - just look at what Google brings up: A whole blog of Amigurumis. I feel like everyone's been having a party without me. :(

More Amigurumi blog stuff:
Amigurumi Girl
Gourmet Amigurumi
Amigurumi Crochet

And look at these! It's Amigurumi The Dogs!

Dear me. I'm off for a lie down - this is all far too exciting.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

I know, I know, it's been a while

But it's not because I've forgotten about blogging - it's just that I STILL haven't finished off the shrug I'm making. I only have to do one more tiny sleeve and the ties, but I just don't seem to be able to get it done. It's partly just a time thing and partly because I've fiddled with the pattern so I keep cocking it up. That's what happens when you try to count your stitches AND watch TV at the same time.

In the meantime, here's a picture of me looking a bit dumpy in the dress I had made for my friend's Hindu wedding. The tailor charged me £25 to make the dress (!), and it's a copy of a black Roland Mouret-style dress I took in for him to copy. The material is from a silk sari and I've still got about 4 metres left to play with. I couldn't really lift my arms or take very big steps in this frock, but it fitted in nicely with all the sari-fied ladies at the wedding. I just hope I didn't actually look this dumpy in real life.
Oh, and that's Al I'm cosying up to, in case you're wondering. Did I mention that he's going to have a children's book out in May 07?!