My Sister-in-Law and her new husband gave me a gift certificate to JoAnn’s this past Christmas. I already knew that they only sold yarn-ball-winders online, so I decided to see what else they carry that isn’t available in their brick-and-mortar store. I discovered that they sell a lot of books which are definitely worth checking out. I fell in love with Hansi Singh’s Amigurumi Knits, and apparently so did Comet –
The book has a “top 10 list” of reasons to love Amigurumi knitting. #4 is that it “helps you become a precise, highly adept knitter”. This seems to be the case, as I’ve never been much for Kitchener before, but look at this seam –
Now that the shell is done I’ve started on the chelipods (claws), which use a lot of short row shaping. I did the first one as written, but since I’m knitting with two different yarns (Wendy Aran with Wool and Filatura di Crosa Baby Pom Pom) held together this got a bit tricky. So for the second claw I used a yarn over short row method, which I like doing a bit better but is still a bit awkward and I don’t think the results are as polished.
I’d like to try the Japanese short row method next, but I don’t know if I have enough split ring stitch markers on hand…