My Crocheted Rainbow Giraffe
After a short 'crocheting hiatus', I recently decided to start working on some fun crochet projects again. While working on African Flower squares for my bed cover last year (still working on that one), I found out that I had made many that were of a wrong size which means that I most likely crocheted those while tipsy because I had either used the wrong stitches or had counted the wrong number of stitches. Lesson learned - DO NOT work on any handicrafts while drinking, it's a waste of precious time. So what happened was I had to unravel those granny squares to re-use the yarn for something else and by the time I had finishes unravelling close to 40 granny squares I had plenty of loose yarn. I decided to make a stuffed toy animal for the kids with all that yarn, and after browsing Pinterest I came across a bee-oooooo-tiful and oh-so-adorable stuffed crochet giraffe that came with a free pattern (yaaaay!!!) on I Love Buttons by Emma.
I loved that the instructions were so simple and straightforward, by day 2 of working on this giraffe (about 1-2 hours a day) I had all the pieces constructed and ready to be put together. I managed to get the arms, legs, horns, ears and head all attached to the torso by bedtime and the kids enjoyed playing with it for a while before going to sleep. Look at how wonderfully colourful it is! It really perks me up every time I look at it, and reminds me so fondly of this candy I used to love eating as a kid - Skittles. In fact, being successful in making this amigurumi giraffe from scratch all by myself has given me the confidence to attempt other amigurumi projects very soon, and maybe also come up with an equally beautiful pattern to share with fellow crocheters *fingers crossed!*
Here are a couple more pictures of this unnamed handmade giraffe who now sits on the bed with the children at night, and hopefully I will craft more toys to join her very soon.