Two years ago, after another stressful day at work, I wandered into Barnes & Nobles hoping to relax by browsing magazines. This usually worked pretty well, but it didn’t on that day. I was about to give up and head home when I passed by a table featuring crafting books. One book in particular caught my eye, Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli. Something about the crocheted animals really piqued my curiosity. I immediately bought the book and headed to the craft store to buy some yarn and a crochet hook.
Of course, it wasn’t as easy as I thought. After 3 days, countless how-to websites, and numerous youtube videos later, I made my first amigurumi, an apple. It wasn’t the stress relieving hobby I was hoping for, but I was hooked, pardon the pun. I was so proud of myself. It had been a long time since I felt so determined to learn something new and actually sit down to do it. I was also in awe of the fact that I was able to take something as simple as yarn and hook and create something tangible and so cute.
My next amigurumi, a pear, took considerably less time to make, but the result was no less surprising to me. After finishing the toy, I held it up and giggled with joy, not only because it was so cute but because I made it with my own hands. Two years later, after making so many toys, I still do the same thing every time I finish a toy. I think that’s why I love making amigurumis. They make me happy!
For the longest time I was looking for something I could feel passionate about and this is it! I’m grateful that I was able to find a craft that I love and that I can learn to improve on. This blog is not only a record of all the amigurumis I’ve made and will make in the future, but also my journal for each project. Eventually I’ll include some insight for the home business I plan to start, Comfort Creatures, and my own how-to instructions. This is my amigurumi adventure. Enjoy!