While embroidery is my real love I have found myself side tracked or rather “hooked” on crocheting Amigurumi creatures lately.

My first attempt at a crocheted creature was the little sheep I posted previously, and they were a great way to get into the swing of the continuous spiral method of working that is central to Amigurumi.

I really fell for the TOFT Bunny design though it took me a little while to get into the swing of this ‘Emma’ pattern, and I think a good part of the problem was that I was not 100% happy with the feel of the yarn as it moved through my hands. Changing to a yarn with a better hand / feel meant that the ‘Bridget’ Elephant just jumped of the crochet hook. Amazing how touch is such an important part of our enjoyment of a craft.

The only embroidery on these little creatures is the eyes and maybe a nose – I am not a fan of plastic eyes –  but those few little stitches can make such a difference and really establishes the character. On my first attempt my Bunny had a terrific squint. I think that they both have their correct faces on now.

Emma Bunny has now gone off to her new home. Bridget Elephant is sitting on the dining table while I decide if she needs little tusks embroidered on.

Patterns for both can can be found in the Edwards Menagerie book by Kerry Lord.