One of the most fun parts of working here at Lion Brand is the opportunity to learn new knitting and crochet skills. Shira, who interned here in the marketing department this summer, had knit and crocheted scarves before, but wanted to expand her skills. For her first summer project, she knit her first baby blanket using the Glamour Baby's First Blanket pattern. Next, she wanted to work on her crochet skills. I recommended the Pirate Pal pattern (a favorite of mine, as podcast listeners know) as a basis for her first amigurumi project, but with a little bit of creativity, Shira really made it all her own.
Meet Gloria the Goddess!
Gloria is a a great example of how you can take really basic shapes (such as rectangles and circles) and make incredible things. Her body and bikini are made of Wool-Ease and her hair is made of two colors of Vanna's Choice. Before starting her amigurumi person, Shira had asked me to teach her to crochet circles. She took her practice crochet circles and turned them into a bikini, sewing them to Gloria's body and adding "straps" using strands of yarn. She made rectangles for the front and back of Gloria's string bikini and attached them in the same way. Shira then attached yarn to Gloria's head for hair, much like you would add fringe, and unraveled each strand so that Gloria would have kinked hair. We embroidered on the eyes and mouth with a little bit of leftover yarn, and Shira found the little sunglasses that finish off Gloria's look sometime later. With just these few basic skills, Shira created an amigurumi that's totally original!
Shira's heading back to college, but we want to thank her for sharing this AMAZING project with us.