A few things happened this week that led me to make this cute little baby toy. My friend in Denver just had a baby boy and I'd been planning on making this but never had the time. Then my computer suddenly died. Well, it didn't quite die, but it was touch an go for a while there. The geeky computer tech performed a hard drive transplant and with a little love and reinstall, things were back to normal.
Needless to say I was without a computer for a few days and I discovered that I'm addicted to the internet. I used my Wii to check my e-mail and tweet a few times, but it just didn't satisfy my tech craving. So to keep my hands and mind occupied, I took those few days to try my hand at amigurumi.
Amigu-what?? It's a Japanese word meaning knitted stuffed toy. Google it. I've stayed away from it for the most part because most amigurumi is cutesy fluffy bunnies and rainbows; not my style. I know what you're thinking "but didn't you just make a cute ring toss with smiling insects & frogs?" Yes, I did, but that's for a baby, so it's ok.
It got me thinking though. There have to be some rad crocheted dolls out there. And there are!! Karabouts & KnotByGra'ma are so sick, just to name a few. Now I've got the itch to find more edgy amigurumi and even more so to make my own! I usually stick to making hats only, but it's getting warmer and people don't really want ski-type hats anymore (unless you live in the southern hemisphere) so I'm giving myself license to think outside the box a little. All because of a baby boy and technology withdrawal.



I just found out that I'm a finalist in the Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Contest!! My Ziggy Hat made it to the final round of judging in the "Hats & Scarves" category and I'm ecstatic!! Now I have to send them the hat so they can finish the judging in person. Even if I don't get one of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes I'll still get a $25 gift certificate to Michael's just for sending it in.
I'll know by the end of May whether or not my hat kicked the other's hats butts, so send me your good thoughts and I'll keep you posted!!



A very big thank you to everyone who voted for my hat tags. I decided to change the background from black to white (mostly because it takes less printer ink) and to use all of them!


I designed these cards as tags to attach to my finished hats. I want to give people a better idea of who I am and what my business is all about. I took these pictures myself. The first one is of the river in my town after a big snow storm. The last 3 are of my husband skiing (technically speaking he was telemarking) and wearing a hat I made especially for him.
So what'd you think? Please help me decide by voting for your favorite tag! Click on the picture to zoom in.