If you haven't heard, my latest thing is crochet. This has resulted in watching episodes of House and frantically stitching away, followed by almost peeing my pants because a. House is funny b. I hate to stop in the middle of a project and c. I've had four kids, need I say more? My newest discovery: Amigurumi animals. Amigurumi is Japanese for crochet-stuffed-toys-that-are-cool-and-not-for-old-ladies-who-think-crochet-is-a-interior-design-genre.
First of all, we have this little rectangle monster. He went to my nephew Miles. He likes to squish his face into the monster's face. I like the lop-sided eyes; he's just screaming for a hug. This pattern came from the Lion Brand website.
This little ugly monkey is one I made up after crocheting a ton of these things and figuring out how all the stitches work. He looks addled, like he's got a banana hang-over. I put a pipe cleaner in his tail so it's posable. This one went to my dad for Christmas; really, he asked for one. Xander got a similar one.
This little frog is one of my favorites. He's from the Lion Brand website too. He just looks jolly and as if he could turn into a chubby, yet sweet prince given the right circumstance. He went to Griffin for Christmas and is currently suffering from dilated pupils due to rough treatment. He needs new french knots on his eyes.
I think this is my favorite. This is like the kind of Siamese that would pee on your rug and think it was the litter box. I followed the pattern from the Lion website again, which was a bad idea in the case of the ears, since they don't point. On the other hand, it makes it rather ambigious and Aubrey has the option of pretending she's a lemur or perhaps a chihauha.
Lastly, we have a turtle which I made for Maxton. I like this little guy. He's also from the Lion Brand website (they really do have some cool free patterns).