Good morning all! It has been quite some time since I have given this little blog and indeed my crochet projects the attention they deserve. So, I thought it was best I rectified this as soon as possible. So here we go…
A while back I purchased a cute crochet kit from Aldi. I had seen in their little special buy magazine that they were going to have crochet kits in the shape of unicorns, foxes, reindeer and pugs. As you can imagine, my sights and heart were set on the unicorn. (The clear choice really!) However, Aldi, and indeed all the Aldi’s in the area, had other plans for me. I couldn’t find a unicorn kit anywhere. Even every member of my family had a look in the Aldi that was closest to them, in the hope that the change in location would provide me with the adorable unicorn. But alas, all to no avail. Feeling defeated, but still determined to take advantage of the ridiculously cheap crochet kit, I decided to settle for the next best thing. Which, in my books would have been the pug, but of course that would be too easy! Thus, I had to settle with the fox.
I must confess, that Fox crochet kit stayed in my craft corner for many few months. I think I was secretly angry with it as it wasn’t the unicorn. But…then the time came…and I decided to unpack and begin crocheting him.
I am so glad I did! The kit was really enjoyable and it even gave me the opportunity to learn and practice a new stitch. I don’t know how familiar you are with the Afghan Stitch. It is the stitch that was used to create the little orange detail on his snout. It was a stitch that took me quite some time to get anywhere with and I found that this was because it was almost against crochet nature. In crochet it is all about hooking and pulling through the loops until you’re left with one loop on the hook. Fairly standard crochet, however the Afghan Stitch was all about crocheting but leaving all the loops on the hook until the end of the round. I found it quite tricky at first but after a few failed rounds I prevailed! I think this particular stitch would be very useful for creating additional details to amigurumi projects and I’m quite excited about incorporating it into a few projects that I am working on at present.
Furthermore, I received some light up crochet hooks for Christmas and I used one of the hooks from the set for this project. Initially, I had only shown an interest in the light up crochet hooks for the novelty and I wanted to see what the appeal was, however, after using the hook for the little fox I have to admit that they are among the comfiest hooks I own. I’m not sure if it’s the transparent hook, the lightweight structure or the shape of the grip, but collectively these elements make the hooks especially easy to work with. I will also admit that I have not used any other hook since! I’d definitely recommend giving them a whirl, they aren’t very expensive and if anything you can pretend you’re in a Harry Potter movie and utter ‘Lumos‘ as you point and switch your hook on! (They are however, rather difficult to photograph well! Exhibit A, as seen below!)
Happy Crafting Everyone!
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