A few months ago, I was working on a yarny community project when I met Anushka. She’s a thoughtful and smart middle-schooler who was just learning to crochet from her mom. At first, she struggled (as we all have) to get her chain straight and her single crochets working in the same direction… but all of a sudden it clicked, and you could see she had the makings of a great freeform crocheter. The next time I saw her, she was making up her own flower patterns. And the next time she had a Jo-Ann’s haul that had me jealous.
And the last time, she gave me this bear. Can you believe it? She hasn’t been crocheting long at all, and yet here she is doing complicated amigurumi when she should still be making simple squares and circles. She said she watched a YouTube how-to video and made it just for me. Needless to say, I was floored.
And of course, I had to reciprocate. I found a pattern for the “Tammy” Puppy Amigurumi by Mei Li Lee, and this cute crochet puppy was born. Her head was a lot fuller (I have to admit I didn’t *completely* follow the pattern), but I like his hollow cheeks and weak chin. That, combined with the bigger eyes give him a kind of melancholy look that I love…but of course, we’ll let Anushka be the judge of that. I stuffed him with a knee-high full of poly pellets instead of fiberfil (which might be another reason for his weak features) so he could stand up on a table or dresser.
Thanks again, Anushka! I can’t wait to see what you make next.
PS – Photos by Erin Markan. Aren’t they great? Thanks, Erin!