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Amish Puzzle Ball

It’s been a while since I did any crocheting but I rediscovered it when my daughter was born. Pretty much all she wanted to do was eat and sleep, and my lap was the only bed she wanted to sleep in during day time. In the beginning it was quite relaxing to sit and watch Netflix all day long. However, after watching good TV shows, bad TV shows, good movies, good B-movies (Sharknado 1, 2 and 3 :)) and bad movies, I wanted to do something more creative with my time. The end result was this amish puzzle ball!

It’s a great baby toy since it’s so easy for them to hold (and eat if you ask my daughter). You can also make it in many different colour to make it even more fun and interesting. An extra feature that the baby might like when it gets older is that you can actually disassemble it into 3 parts! There are a lot of patterns where you can’t take the ball apart but that kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me…

The amish puzzle ball made with a cotton yarn that called for a 4½mm hook but I used a 2,5mm hook to make it tighter. This resulted in a ball with a diameter of ~9,5cm. The free pattern is available here at Look at what I made – Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball


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My neighbour Totoro! (となりのトトロ)

Blue Totoro crochet

Blue Totoro crochet

For those of you who doesn’t have a clue what “Totoro” is, I recommend taking a look at IMDB. Then hurry up and buy this wonderful movie asap!

Even though I made this as a Christmas present for my oldest niece last year, I have to write about it because it’s just too darn cute. I almost feel like making one for myself, but then remind myself of how long it took to complete and immediately suppress the urge.

If I’m not mistaken, it took 1 ball of white cotton yarn and 3 blue + some black yarn for eyes and nose. The pattern said to use plastic eyes but since I made it for an almost new-born I wanted to make it safe (what if an eye fell off!?).

I’m not entirely sure, but I think I got the pattern from this site:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blue-totoro-amigurumi