I got this great crochet book recently - Mini Amigurumi - and had a bit of a light bulb moment when the author, Sara Scales described herself as a miniaturist on the first page. I thought, that's me! I am that person who loves shrinking things to dolls-house-size proportions! Always have really, right back to when I was 8 or 9 and I'd make the smallest animals out of felt. Somewhere I still have a teeny green pony in a matchbox shaped bed... lord knows where the inspiration for that came from.
Miniature things have always intrigued me; I've already come clean about my Kinder egg toy collection, so, frankly, it would have been more of a surprise if I hadn't bought the book...
It's packed full of the sweetest little crocheted creatures - the patterns are straightforward and easy to follow, and most of them are pretty similar; it's their tinsy-winsyness that tested my crochet skills. I used a 2mm hook which was mini enough, but the things in the book are crocheted with a 1mm hook. Don't think I'm quite ready for that, and also didn't help myself with my choice of yarn, which frayed and separated and drove me mad! Quite a few hook-bending moments of frustration…
Anyway, on the whole I enjoyed making the little critters, but don't think I'll be adding them to my Christmas Fair stock, only because they take me ages to make...longer than their size might suggest. Isn't that often the way with small things? And if I had to sell them for just a few pounds I think I'd cry.
As I've made a few though, I thought I'd do a little giveaway - so if you'd like one (made into a keyring), leave a comment and tell me your favourite, and I'll put names in a hat - literally the old-fashioned way, because anything more advanced is stepping into unchartered techie waters - and I'll get my youngest to do the honours.
I'll let you know the winner at the end of the week.
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