The PlanetJune Ravelry group’s Spring Crochet-A-Long included both daffodils and the tiny whale pattern; I choose the tiny whale.  He was quick to stitch and is quite adorable.

The little guy was recently adopted by friend’s daughter – she seemed to  think he was pretty cute, so I hope she’ll enjoy hanging out with him.   Now that my little guy has a new home,  I may have to make a few more tiny whales just to have around the house.

June has an amazing gift for shaping, giving a simple pattern such charm and personality.  I am impressed with her more complicated designs, but her talent is obvious even in the simple patterns such as this.


For the last few months I’ve been collecting amigurumi patterns with the intention of making some one of these days.  Thanks to my crafty buddies on Twitter, I set up a Raverly account, ordered some fabulous patterns from Planet June, and joined the Groundhog-Along.

Need a quick translation?  A group of crafty people chatting together via social networking sites (Twitter #groundhogalong) decided to each make a groundhog amigurumi by Groundhog Day.  I’ve thought about taking part in a group craft effort before — a painting a day, etc. — but this seemed like something I could actually accomplish within  the stated time frame.  A pattern download from Planet June and a quick yarn run later and  I was on my way.

I’m afraid my crochet skills are a bit rusty.  The pattern is well-designed and easy to read, but I  used a hook 2 sizes bigger than recommended and chose a yarn with texture so my stitches weren’t quite as precise as they should have been.  After a minor freak-out that I was making a life-sized Punxsutawney Phil in lieu of an amigurumi miniature, I was relieved to discover my groundhog is not of gargantuan proportion.  It’s actually pretty cute!

Check out the Flickr Groundhog-Along 2010 Pool and see the assortment of adorable creatures just waiting for their Big Day in the sun (or clouds).  As  for me and my little as-yet-unnamed groundhog, we’ll be waiting for another crochet-a-long project.  And in the meantime, I’ll try to stay crafty.

Wonder what my next project will be?