Now that I’ve found you
Pattern: Amigurumi Love Birds by Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Solids and Heathers (100% actylic), unknown pinkish colorway; Elmore-Pisgah Peaches & Creme (100% cotton), colorway Red
Hook: U.S. H/5.0mm
Saturday morning. Sleep late. Snow covers the ground; nobody’s going anywhere until the temperature rises enough to melt it. Check your e-mail — a newsletter from a yarn company with some pattern suggestions for Valentine’s Day. Hmmm. Sounds like the perfect treatment for the case of startitis that’s you’ve been fighting: a quick crochet toy using available scraps that you can finish before your other projects know you’re neglecting them.
Arguably, it’s your first foray into the world of amigurumi, if you don’t count the Poke Balls you made this summer. And part of the attraction is that the shape seems so simple — a roundish cylindrical pellet. When you get towards the end, you notice that there are decreases on one side and increases on the other for a couple of rows, just to create a hint of tail to the rear and a little taper to the body on the front. The slightest bit of detail to suggest birdishness without hampering the chunky plumpness of the elongated oval.
Wings are circles folded over and slip-stitched together, attached by the starting tail around the top edge. The pattern calls for safety eyes attached before stuffing, but remember, this is a spur-of-the-moment project with yarn scrounged from the partial-skein drawer — there’s no going to the store for supplies. Go for quick embroidery eyes Mochimochi-style, a few straight stitches for a beak. Minimalism — that’s the ticket.
A few hours later, Cady Gray has two new friends. And her two new friends have each other. Instant gratification and love to spare.