The other day I was in Ballarat to pick up supplies when I pulled up in front of this shop. Only 6 months ago that sign would have made my heart beat a bit faster. I would have raced inside and grabbed arm loads of those awkward, long bolts of fabric, dragged them through the aisles and to the counter where the checkout chicky would have gritted her teeth at my request for a meter of each.
I would have chosen spots, stripes, plains and florals because I might need them one day.
Like I said, things have changed.
I now know I have plenty of fabric at home and unless I start making women's wear I am set for a long time to come.
These delicious colours in cotton, wool and bamboo.
These small balls are what makes my pulse race now and they are so much more convenient to carry around the shop in a little basket while I make my decisions.
While hunting the internet for crochet washer patterns I have come across some cute teacup patterns which I haven't been able to resist.
As far as I can understand from my small amount of research amigurami is the Japanese art of crocheting little, cute objects. It uses cotton and fine crochet hooks.
After making 2 and a half cups and saucers I have learnt that amigurami single crochet (sc) stitches go through both loops of the previous stitch and that it is best to mark the start of each row, I used a safety pin.
There have been lots of form versus function debates raging through my head while I have been crocheting these mini stitches. After crocheting washers and dishcloths these don't seem so practical or useful but there are some very thirsty dollies about to wake up in their cradles who would love a tea party, I'm sure.