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Some time shortly after Christmas of 2010 I put away my crochet hooks, declaring crochet “too hard” with “too many things to remember”. But on May 4th, 2012, I picked it back up, determined to learn the magical art of amigurumi.
I knew nothing of choosing an appropriate yarn (which is why the new version is slightly less show-accurate in color), keeping stitches tight, row counters, wrong side vs right side, nor weaving in ends sufficiently – never mind advanced things like safety eyes and needle felted details! But I was determined. And on May 6th, 2012, a very special toy was born and given to my youngest, Chancey – who still loves, plays and sleeps with it.
In honor of my 2ed Crochetversary, I decided to crochet the same pattern again, to look at how much I’ve improved.
Looking at them side-by-side, the first one is a bit embarrassing. Oh, how proud I was of my holey, lop-sided, bulbous headed, one-leg-crocheted-wrongside-out Muno! But, we were all noobs once.
The old one isn’t done in a fuzzy yarn – it’s actually pilled that much. And that’s just from being played with, it’s never been through the wash. It’s Banbry Crossing Wintuk, a yarn old enough to be not just acrylic, but 100% DuPont Orlon Acrylic.
Despite all its flaws, Chancey assures me that his Muno is better. It’s the perfect color and I made it just for him. Though Yuji snagged my very first attempt – a misshapen “ball” which I made to learn the basics of amigurumi
– Muno was the first thing I ever crocheted for someone. And Chancey’s delight when I handed Muno over to him probably fueled my determination to get better, to make more, to in 2 years go from that misshapen ball to this.
And the love he still has for that original Muno makes me think about how amazing it is that there are at least 200 people in the world with items I’ve made. At least 200 people feeling the love I put into every item.
It’s crazy. And I can’t wait to make more.