The cable cast on is a fundamental skill that you will need to master to hand knit toys. Today I’m going to show you how to do it and share a little about the importance of blocking!
Conversation with a Bunny
Bunny: So there’s a rumor going around that you want to learn how to make me.
You: Who told you that? Wait…you can talk?
Bunny: Of course I can talk! You think I’m just some dumb animal? I also heard that you think knitting toys is too hard.
You: Well that’s definitely true. It looks so complicated.
Bunny: It’s not complicated, but there are skills you need to learn. By the way, you got any carrots?
It is a well known fact that bunnies have very short attention spans so I think I’ll take over from here.
This week I will show you how to make a fuzzy bunny of your very own!
Have you ever experienced what you thought was a total disaster but it turned out to be an opportunity in disguise? Didn’t Bob Ross call those “happy little accidents”? It happened to me over the weekend and what a delight it has been!! But let’s start back at the very beginning of this delightful tale.
When knitting toys, choosing colors for stranded knitting can make or break a project. But I’ve got a trick to help you pick the best colors every time!
Stranded Knitting and Summer Camp
You may be asking yourself what in the world stranded knitting and summer camp have to do with one another. Unless I’m missing something, I don’t think they do. But last week I spent my days as a camp counselor at Wings of Eagles Ranch, a therapeutic horseback riding facility for children with special needs. By night I was a stranded knitting colorwork queen.
There’s only one thing better than buying new yarn. And that’s buying new yarn on sale! Seriously is there anything more exciting than getting bargains on your squishy favorites? Scoring these deals takes a little planning and effort, but it’s so worth it! I created a free Yarn Buying Guide ready for you to use. Let’s get to work!
June 8th, 2019, marked my first year of blogging. I’ve published sixty posts, written 43,820 words, and shared dozens of original photos. I know what plugins, widgets (ok so I’m a little iffy on that one), and keywords are. Make no mistake, I am still very much a newbie but I’ve made plenty of beginner blogging blunders.
A year ago, starting a blog seemed like a natural progression of my yarny addiction. I loved crocheting blankets, making amigurumi, and photographing my projects. It even served the purpose of another creative outlet so that I didn’t have to talk my family’s ears off about my obsession!
Ever since I made my sweet bunny from Little Cotton Rabbits I have been obsessed with knitting toys. I regularly go through spells of falling in love with learning new techniques and I’m falling hard for this one. I think part of it is the enchanting world that Julie (the creator of Little Cotton Rabbits) breathes into existence with her designs, and her blog in particular.
Today’s post is all about the finishing touches! This is when the project finally comes together and you get to enjoy all of that hard work and perserverance! But if you haven’t visited the three previous parts please do so before moving on!
Every craft has basic skills that must be mastered before the individual can move on to more advanced techniques. Think of the ballerina who spends years at the barre perfecting the five positions of the feet. She cannot star as Clara in the Nutcracker until she knows those basic skills up and down, inside and out. This is also true for crocheting amigurumi. The fundamentals matter and once they are mastered the possibilities are endless!
Are you caving in to the peer pressure? Have you dipped your toe into the incredible world of amigurumi yet? Before diving into Part 2, Choosing a Pattern and Color Palette, make sure you visit the last post. In Part 1 of Amigurumi 101 we discussed the most important skill you need to possess before crocheting your first toy. Not to be all doom and gloom, but seriously do not skip this step! I believe that if you skip this essential skill you are setting yourself up failure! And ain’t nobody got time for that!
This is the first post in a four part series all for the amigurumi newbie! Part one of Amigurumi 101 focuses on the most essential skill any beginner must have and that is perseverance. The following three weeks will describe and demonstrate the fundamental techniques that you will need to master and become a confident toy maker!