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Toothless in Colorado

Here, again, may be a case of me trying to run before I walk. I found a Toothless pattern on Ravelry, belonging to Nichole’s Nerdy Knots. I know this may be too ambitious for my skill level with amigurumi – or lack thereof – but he was so stinkin’ cute, I had to try it.

I’ve just gotten the two pieces that form his head done, and so far, following the pattern hasn’t been very difficult. The hardest part is finding where to insert my hook, because the yarn is black and the lighting in my little studio is not as perfect as I’d like it to be, so several times I’ve had to tear back a round and restart to get the stitching right. Thankfully, I’ve got lots of stitch markers, which is turning out to be a huge help.

The pattern breaks Toothless up into a fair number of pieces that will have to be put together when they’re all made, so hopefully that won’t be a lot of trouble for me! I have to make four of them, because the kids and hubby all want one each. We’re all huge fans of Toothless! And he should be a good-sized stuffie when he’s done – about 18″ long. By the time I’ve made four, if this doesn’t prove to be way too ambitious on my part, I should be an expert! If nothing else, I will certainly have the pattern memorized!

I actually wanted to get more done than the two head pieces today, but it was not to be. We were up until 4 am because Bryony was sick to her little tummy, and when I woke up for school this morning, I had whatever she did, so I called in sick and spent most of the day in bed. Then my truck wouldn’t start when I had to pick up Aneira from school, and I had to get a neighbor to jump start the truck and managed to somehow wrench my bad knee after that, and it’s now swollen and ridiculously painful. I’m hoping I didn’t damage it too badly; this knee has already been the recipient of two surgeries, and I never want to have to use crutches again! All in all, it hasn’t been a good day for getting anything done.

I still need to get some felt for his eyes, and more stuffing, but so far, so good on what’s already been done, if nothing else. Now I need to crack the books, since that isn’t going as well as I’d like either. At this point, I’ll be grateful for a C, as long as I graduate!

What have your amigurumi experiences been like? What were your first pieces?

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