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Adopt-a-Creature: Adventures in Amigurumi

A collage of five different crocheted amigurumi, including an owl, a purple octopus, an orange octopus, a green cthulhu with red eyes and a black cat. All palm sized.

A collage of five different crocheted amigurumi, including an owl, a purple octopus, an orange octopus, a green cthulhu with red eyes and a black cat.  All palm sized.
Adopt-a-Creature by Stitch Noir

I’m pretty excited about my new crochet project!  It came about suddenly….one of those ideas that wasn’t planned but that just started as an experiment….and now, Adopt-a-Creature is a new section in my Etsy store.
I also have a new page created where I post photos and locations of my adopted creatures!  Hopefully they end up all around the world! Click here to take a look!
Each creature comes with a name and an attached story speaking to their personality/likes/dislikes/etc.
This all began because….about a month ago….I sat down and decided to crochet some amigurumi.
I had been working on some large projects, shawls and the like, but that morning I decided to focus on something small.  Something that I could complete quickly (well, quicker than a shawl at least) and feel good about doing.
So, I made a bat.
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A wrap, a cowl, a scarf, a hood…Couldn't decide. So I made them all…

This week has been amazing!  And humbling.
And absolutely chock FULL of crochet and knitting!
Last week I kicked off a Facebook campaign for Stitch Noir.  I didn’t know if it would make much of a difference but I figured it couldn’t hurt.
In the last 6 days, my page likes have tripled!  Very unexpected and humbling.  So many nice comments, not to mention people sharing my photos and my albums.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a reaction!
If nothing else, it has inspired me to keep working on patterns.  Altering them and making them my own.  I discovered some software that allows me to create crochet charts so I have been trying to learn the ins and outs…plus I have been trying to create stock for my Etsy store….but although I have SO many ideas, I only have two hands and sadly only 24 hours in a day.
Next up, we are headed up to the family farm for around a week.  Cows, pigs, chickens, horses and SHEEP! My plan is to use up every sunny day sitting out on a hay bale, scratching the ears of Claire (the lamb who loves scritches! 🙂 and crocheting.  Well, perhaps I’ll also find time to take out my bicycle!
I’m pretty certain I’ll also find time to take pictures.
For now, I’ll leave you with the gallery below.  This is the project I completed today: A Skull Cowl that is multi-talented and can be used as a hood, a cowl and a scarf 🙂  This pattern has received quite a bit of attention on FB.  It is meant to be a multi-tasking accessory…thus the description in my shop:
“Imagine an air conditioned theatre. It’s not cold outside so your shoulders are bare, but inside….well BRRRR! If you’re wearing this lovely cowl around your neck, you simply pull it down over your shoulders. 
Driving when it’s chilly outside…but driving with a bulky jacket on is annoying…throw the coat in the back and pull your skull cowl down over your arms. 🙂
Unexpected precipitation? Pull this lovely cowl up over your head and you have a lovely hood!
I love this piece. Dressy or casual…can be made with or without a skull. Perfect for those moments when you’re chilled but aren’t going to put on a bunch of layers!”
It’s a pretty straightforward pattern to create and credit must be given to both Kungen O. Majkis for the skull inspiration and Lorene Haythorn Eppolite for the Zola cowl pattern.
I’m pleased with how it turned out and already have another three planned and yarn purchased for each.
Back to limited number of hands and hours in a day.  So frustrating! 😉