Tiny Hook Tales

After a few weeks of school hols and family from overseas visiting, I’m now able to return to my daily hooking habit. Hurrah! 

In the aftermath of this unintentional hiatus I find I’ve lost all momentum on my afghan blocks, which is a bit sad – but as I’m now over two years into that project I don’t suppose another few months makes any difference! Instead, this week I’m having another go at amigurumi. Behold, the body of Santa – and one arm ☺


Lord, but it’s fiddly! And not relaxing in the least. I am not a friend of the 2.5mm hook – even if it is one of my beloved Clover Amours! I’m using DMC Natura Just Cotton, which I was very excited to obtain but it’s driving me batty splitting into 8 strands all the time, a bit of a horror with a 2.5mm. 

There are of course much smaller hooks to be had, but this is definitely tiny to me, and I for one couldn’t go any smaller. I’ve been trying to practice by using the same hook and yarn to make a simple mandala coaster (using Marinke Slump’s Picot-Edge Mandala pattern) but while I love the way it’s working up, I’m just not feeling the 2.5mm. I like to relax with my crochet, not fight with it!


This will definitely be my last 2.5mm piece. I may try a 4mm / dk fairy. But then again, I may not – to be honest I rather feel the call of another relaxing and satisfying Willow project â˜º 

Do you like amigurumi? Did you struggle at first but then fell in love? 

Until next time,

Happy hooking!

Pam

9 thoughts on “Tiny Hook Tales

  1. I have only made one amigurumi, and it took 9 hours to make a tiny little figure. What was hard for me was attaching the limbs. My poor Yoda doll came out crooked. I give a lot of credit to those who do these regularly!

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  2. My ami adventures are few and far between. I think they are adorable, but such a pain! I was doing some thread crocheting in my group/class, and my ladies could not believe that it was possible to make something with that small of a hook. I didn’t pick it back up after they finished their pieces, because I too like my hooking to be relaxing, not taxing.

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    • Haha ‘adorable but such a pain’ is my take on amigurumi exactly!! And ‘relaxing not taxing’ is perfect expression 😀
      Do you teach crochet then? I have tried to teach a couple of friends but I really lack the patience and teaching skill I think! I am self taught via you tube and online tutorials such as those by the fabulous Dedri Uyss of Sophie fame, so I don’t know what it is like to be taught f2f myself, I think perhaps I might be a better teacher if I’d had that experience. I have tried to teach my 7yo daughter too but I think she’s a bit young for it yet, I know kids do learn younger but she too lacks patience. We will try again in the school holidays though 🙂

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      • I was taught when I was a kid, but I too lacked the patience to stick with it. It wasn’t until many years later I picked up a hook again. Fortunately, the hands remember so if your daughter only does it a little relearning will be easier down the road. I do have a class where I teach beginning crochet at a local library. After a year it has morphed into a gathering of hookers. Sometimes we learn new stitches, but mostly we take our current projects and work on them together.

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        • I went to a meet up or should I say hook up 🙂 for the first time just the other week, it was really nice. We all took along a wip and had a good yarny chat at a local café. Not been to such thing before and really looking forward to the next one 🙂

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    • Thanks! I am afraid still in basket, headless and with only 1 arm lol. I love the results I see online, but the process in my own little corner of the crochetverse….no, I find it very dissatisfying! I shall enjoy amigurumi from afar and stick to what I love. Go you with the tiny things 🙂

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