Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gumby, the cat

Originally Gumball is made with one color, but I had some leftover green yarn and wanted to learn how to change color. Thus Gumby was born.

On Stacey's website I found an awesome video on color changing. It's easy to learn and works very well.

Regarding decrease and color changing, my experience is that invisible decrease works much better than the regular one. If you're not familiar with the invisible decrease (invdec) technique, there's a very good tutorial for both right-handed and left-handed crocheters on Planet June.

You can find Gumby's pattern for FREE on the designer's blog or on

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Droid robot

Earlier this month I surprised my IT crazed hubby with a droid robot. It is supposed to look like the android logo, and it does look exactly like that when experienced hookers (an absolutely legit term for crocheters) make it.

You can find Bethany's FREE pattern on (although you'll need to register on their site) or on her blog.

Below you can see my version of the little droid.

Pedro, the penguin

I started this blog to honor my new hobby: crocheting stuffed cuties AKA amigurumis for my son. In a nutshell amigurumi is a Japanes word that means crocheted or knitted soft toys. Since I've never ever had anything to do with yarns, except to wear the various pieces of clothing my mom knitted for me, it was a bit of a challenge to learn how to single crochet.

My greatest help was Stacey Trock and her website, FreshStiches. She has a neat and very detailed guide for beginners just like me (and possibly you) downloadable for FREE. Not only she teaches you the techniques, she talks about yarns, hooks, fills and everything amigurumi related. On her website the curious wanderer can find awesome patterns as well, not all of them are free of course.

So, without further ado, I give you Pedro, my first ever amigurumi. You can find his step-by-step pattern in Stacey's guide.