This burst of excitement led me on to the more selfish wish to make more toys for my own collection. You know the kind of creative urge where you can't wait til your lunch break so you can rush down to your Local Yarn Store and buy some yarn and a hook and get cracking? (There are 3 wool/craft shops within a 3-block radius of my work; I am truly blessed! Though many would say it's very unfortunate for my bank account...)
I'm eternally grateful for Ravelry as well, for allowing me to choose a pattern and find out what materials I needed all online, without having to go home and check my pattern books. Instant gratification! That's what happened when I decided on the spur of the moment to start this project:
the Left-Handed Monster (L); Peanut Monster (C); Monstrous Muriel (R).
Scary Selby (L); Rambunctious Roy (C); Frankenstein's Toyster(R)
I decided yesterday to find some information or a book on designing your own amigurumi. I have to confess, a part of me wanted to make monsters more like the cute ones on Ravelry and less like the ...ahem... 'special' ones I was making 5 years ago. Maybe I've been unduly influenced by Pinterest, where everything is perfect. Hm, I'll think about that later! I started with looking at the designer of the pattern I'm working at the moment (Mixtro the Monster). I was impressed with how well-written and illustrated the pattern was. It turns out she has a Craftsy class on, not just designing amigurumi in general, but specifically monsters!
There's another reason why I'm so interested in toy-making at the moment. For now it's a secret, but it's a project that I'll hopefully be able to start in a few weeks. Stay tuned for updates!