Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First reactions are always the best!

In the beginning, I only made amigurumis for birthday and Christmas gifts. I’d like to tell you about the first few gifts that I made for my closest family. My favorite part was seeing their reactions when I gave them their gifts. That’s one of the reasons why I adore making amigurumis! 


(December 2008)

My sister-in-law, Christie, had a birthday coming up. Since she was born in Hawaii, I wanted to make her something special: a pineapple amigurumi. I had already made an apple and a pear, so a pineapple wasn’t that far off the fruit scale. I looked online for patterns, but I couldn’t find one I liked, so I made on up. This was my first pattern!

Before her birthday brunch, I gave Christie her present. When she opened up the gift, she looked so confused. It was the first time I had given one of my crochet toys to anyone and that was not the reaction I was expecting. I explained to her that it was a crochet pineapple that I made for her. Once she realized what it was, she loved it!  Everyone at brunch took turns taking pictures with the pineapple. To this day, my sister-in-law still has the pineapple sitting on her shelf, smiling.


(December 2008)

My niece, Chloe, also has a December birthday. I wanted to make her something sweet, just like her. In the book Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli, I found the cutest pattern for a cupcake. I had to change one thing for the cupcake though. Since my niece was only 2 years old, I didn’t want to sew beads on top of the cupcake for the “sprinkles.” I was afraid she’d pick them off and swallow them. Instead of beads, I sewed little knots of brightly colored yarn to the top of the cupcake.

When Chloe opened up her present and saw the cupcake, she was so happy that she giggled and then started to jump up and down with joy! Something I made was making someone very happy, which made me even happier!


(December 2009)

Fast forward a year. It’s December again so that means it’s time to make Christmas presents for my niece, Chloe, and my nephew, Max. Up to this point I had only been making simple toys so I wanted to challenge myself to learn more crochet techniques.
By this time Ana Paula Rimoli had come out with a second book, Amigurumi Two! In the book there is was a pattern for a hot air balloon with a teddy bear. Max always loved flying contraptions, so I thought the hot air balloon would be perfect to hang in his room. 

For Chloe, I found a pattern in Amigurumi Two! for a mobile with little birds. Chloe’s room was pink with a princess theme. The little birds were wonderful because even Cinderella and Snow White had little bird friends watching over them!

The kids loved their mobiles! Max immediately started spinning in circles to make his hot air balloon fly. Chloe wanted to be like her older brother, so she did the same, making the little birdies fly. The both laughed and played with their new amigurumi friends. This beats any store-bought toy I’ve ever given them!

Thank you for joining me on my trip down memory lane!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In the beginning...

Hi! My name is Susan Huddy. I recently moved to St. Louis, Missouri by way of Phoenix, Arizona from Irvine, California. The past two years have been full of unexpected, but surprisingly good changes. 

Why I started to make amigurumis?

In 2008, after another stressful day at work, I wandered into a bookstore hoping to relax by browsing magazines (my guilty pleasure). This usually worked, but not on that day. I was about to give up and head home when I passed a table featuring crafting books. One book in particular caught my eye: Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli. Something about the crocheted animals made me smile. I immediately bought the book and headed to a craft store to buy some yarn and my very first crochet hook.

After 3 days, countless youtube.com videos, and many false starts, I finally made my first amigurumi, an apple. It wasn’t the stress relieving hobby I had hoped for, but I was hooked, pardon the pun. I was so proud of myself for learning a new skill. I was also in awe of the fact that I had taken something as simple as yarn and a hook and created something tangible and so amazingly 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. It was so freaking adorable! I held it up and said to myself, "I can't believe I just made that!"

Many years later, I am still making amigurumis and even designing my own patterns. I love making amigurumis because they make me happy. For the longest time I was searching for something I could feel passionate about and this was it! I’m grateful that I found a craft that I love and that I can learn to improve on.

What is this blog?

I created this blog as an archive and journal of all my amigurumi projects. Along the way, I will also share my progress on blogging, learning product photography, and opening a small business as I prepare to open a shop online.

The first few blog posts will be a redux of my previous blog, Comfort Creatures Crochet. It took me a very long time to come up with the name Comfort Creatures Crochet. It perfectly described the toys I made. Unfortunately, for Google searches and search engine optimization, Comfort Creatures just will not pass the test. After many years of word play and searching for inspiration, I finally came up with a new name: Whimsy Way Crochet. I love the alliteration and rhyming of the words. Best of all, it describes what my toys and company have evolved into. 

I’m so excited to start my blogging adventure again! Take two! This is my amigurumi adventure! Thank you for joining me!

P.S. Gizmo says, "Hello!"