I enjoy crocheting, I decided to make some stuffies for my son when I was on medical leave during pregnancy. Most of them were patterns from the same person, Sharon Ojala of Amigurumi To Go. What is amigurumi, you ask? You can find the answer here.
The Amigurumi To Go website is user friendly, and the patterns are easy to access. Videos of every pattern are readily available, just in case you get stuck, or find it easier to follow. I haven’t had to use the videos yet, the written patterns were just as easy to follow, even for someone who was new to making amigurumi.
Now that I am practiced in the ways of crochet amigurumi, I decided that I would share these creations with friends and family that were having babies, or for birthdays. This particular pattern was for a close friend who now lives quite far away. She loves all things outdoors, so a moose was only fitting.
I am currently a stay at home mom, and in school for massage therapy, so finding time for this gift was a bit difficult. I did try and start it while I was still employed before Christmas, but my time was even more limited then. But I persevered because this pattern was just too cute not to finish. Fast forward to March, and I finally finished a pink “Art the Moose”, two months after my friends baby was born. Better late than never, I guess.
I made a few changes to the original pattern as I didn’t have the supplies, and I thought that my changes were better suited for an infant. I stuffed the antlers instead of using the pipe cleaners, and crocheted eyes instead of using safety eyes. I now have eyes, so in the future I will be using them, but I really do like the look of the stuffed antlers. And despite my best efforts, sewing all the parts together, things always looked a bit skewed (maybe this is where I should take a look at the videos). But, maybe that is the magic of making homemade gifts for people, it will always be unique to them. Overall, I am so happy with how my version of Art turned out. You can find the original pattern here. Oh, and another great thing, all of the patterns can be printed if that is easier for you.
Will I be making more from Amigurumi To Go? Absolutely! I also highly recommend the patterns from this site to anyone wanting to make that special gift for a loved one. My little boy is really getting into dragons lately, so I may have to give that one a try!