Almost 13 years ago, I was very new to crocheting. All I had crocheted so far were a few afghans, doilies, and one disastrous sweater. But when I heard that my beloved Aunt Kim was pregnant and I would soon have a new baby cousin, I got to work. The best part about this story is that almost 13 years later, my adorable cousin still loves the bear! Check this out:
The power of yarn, a crochet hook, some poly-fil, and a whole lot of love.
Project notes: I chose THE MOST OBNOXIOUS YARN EVER, Red Heart Baby Clouds, and got to work on a pattern that I found in a small Baby Clouds pattern book at Michael's. This yarn is SO hard to crochet with....
.... but it is so beautiful. I couldn't see my stitches very well, and this was my second amigurumi ever, so I don't think I was even using stitch markers or obsessively counting my stitches yet. It's a miracle I ever finished the darn thing. The pattern is now available for free on Red Heart's website, so you, too, can give it a try and see if you can get it done. Beware, though: this is the most "splitty" yarn I have ever used. I also made a baby afghan out of it for my friend, Sue, and by the end of that afghan, I swore I'd never buy this yarn again. I still have a few partial skeins in my stash, just taunting me. I need to give it to Sonia to make some art projects, or something.