There’s a new cuddly friend in our house . . . meet Simon the Owl. (Fun fact: I love the name Simon. I really, really, really love it. I’ve fought hard to name a boy Simon, but Jeff refuses. He’s such a monster. The most he’s given me is the promise that if we have all boys--like, say, 5 of them--and try one last time for a girl, and even that one is a boy, I can name him Simon. How generous--I only get a Simon if I give birth to 6 boys first. So we named the owl Simon. This may be the closest I’ll ever come to a son named Simon. I guess I’ll take it.)
Isn’t he handsome? Simon’s interests include composing free verse poetry, gazing thoughtfully out of windows, and engaging in lively political debate with friends. I made him from the same colors that I used for Forrest’s Christmas blanket—I like that these two make a matching set.
I’m sure you remember Fresh Stitches, one of our great crochet along sponsors? Well, when I was showing Jeff the sponsors’ shops and patterns, he insisted I buy this adorable owl plush pattern from Fresh Stitches to crochet for Forrest for Christmas. Gotta love an enabler! $5 later, the pattern was in my inbox and I was ready to go.
I would definitely give her owl workshop two—nay, three—thumbs up. It was chock full of helpful tips and tricks that I hadn’t known before, like how to make sure you get a seamless transition when switching colors, special instructions for starting and finishing individual pattern pieces, time-saving shortcuts, and a picture for just about every step of the way. If you’ve wanted to try amigurumi but haven’t been sure where to begin, I think you’d really find the workshop helpful. It costs a bit more than just the pattern alone, but would be money well spent if this is your first attempt at amigurumi and you want to make sure you end up with a great-looking piece, like my dapper Simon. My favorite feature of the Craftsy workshop was the ability to ask questions at any step throughout the pattern . . . any questions you ask are attached to the page where you ask them, and Stacey comes back and answers them there as well, so if you hit a bump in the road, you get a personalized response from the designer, plus your question stays on the page for other crocheters to learn from, too. The pattern alone is very well-written and detailed, so if you’ve already crocheted an amigurumi or two, it would probably suit your needs very nicely, but if you’d like that little extra boost and help along the way, the workshop would be well worth the extra few dollars.
Although Simon is going to be a Christmas present for Forrest, I couldn’t resist seeing what he’d think of the little guy. Forrest is generally not a huge fan of the gifts I make for him (for proof, see this post about the crochet blanket I made for him, pictured below), so I was nervous he wouldn’t be that fond of Simon. Definitely did not need to stress about that. Exhibit A:
Despite the abuse poor Simon had to deal with, I think there are a few victories here:
#1. I finally feel pretty confident at crocheting amigurumi. Yes!
#2. I finally made something for Forrest that he loves. YES!