I'm improving my crochet skills over here and I think I'm getting addicted to the craft. I've got a long list of projects I want to try and once I finish one I start scheming what to crochet next! Here's what I completed a couple of days ago.
It's a belated graduation gift for my nextdoor neighbor. Do you like how I posed him in front of our collection of Peanuts paperbacks? Very scholarly, indeed. Actually, my Dad saw these photos posted on my Facebook page and thought I had made a penguin. Really? The wise old penguin, eh? Either way, it's cute and here's the link for this Amigurumi Graduation Owl from Lion Brand Yarn.
I also finished this little guy and gave him to my step dad for Father's Day (along with a Starbuck's gift card, of course).
It's the first project I've attempted from the book that enticed me into learning more about this craft of hooks and yarn and intimidating pattern directions - Ana Paula Rimoli's Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet. The pattern in the book is for a mug of cafe con leche but I altered mine a bit because I didn't want to go out and buy a light brown yarn when I already had a perfectly tea-colored dark brown yarn. So, a mug of hot tea it is. Until I gave it away as a father's day gift, at which point it became a mug of coffee. It's a very versatile specimen.
Here's another mug shot to give you a better representation of its actual size - which greatly affects the cuteness factor: