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Personal Goal

I have just spent two day racking my brain trying to come up with designs that are my own. As much as I absolutely LOVE my geniuses (the people from whom I buy some of the patterns I use), I want to be able to make my own critters and creations. It's simple enough to pick up a pattern, a crochet and some yarn and make something great but I always go back to the fact that I cannot call this creation my own… well I can since I've made it but I did not come up with the design. Now that I'm getting more confident in my ability I'm starting to have that creative itch. I've always had big ideas or projects but I have never really applied myself until now. I'm committed!

Anyway, I've come up with quite a few thing and I'm pretty proud of some of them but now comes the daunting task of putting thought and idea into an actual concrete shape. There lies the problem... The making of! It's always a bit frightening for me. I understand that I will spend so much of the little precious time I have to make something and undo and redo until content with the end result but I've always been afraid that, at the end of all this (time consuming) work, it will not get the reaction that I hope for. I guess that's a lesson in life and business that you must understand and learn at some point. You cannot please everyone and you certainly won't appeal to everyone, but it's okay and you should just move on and keep on doing what you do. To costumize and coin a famous phrase, in this case I would say, "Keep Calm and…" Crochet/Design on.

I am proud to add a creature to my amigurumi repertoire: A little "coy" fish. The idea was to design and create my mascot/logo. So I spent 2 days just brainstorming (not touching a crochet, which is weird seeing that I've been crocheting every day for months now) and drawing up some stuff. I came up with quite a few ideas for new creations and the little fishy was one of them. 

The brainstorming and the putting down the idea onto paper was a lot of fun (Designing is fun). Prototyping… not so much. Okay, I take that back, it was fun, just difficult. You have to come up with the basic shapes that will make up your soon to be creation. Easy enough… but for someone who has just followed a pattern so far (as far as amigurumi goes) it's a bit like learning to bicycle with no training wheels. I took those training wheels off and struggled to keep my balance. I had the vision in my head, but since you crochet in bits and pieces and then put the work together it just didn't look like much until it was all sewn and then I saw it. I have to admit, I had a sigh of relief (hooray it's finished and it looks like something) and I gave myself a big pat of the back (I'm pretty proud of it!)

My own design, my own amigurumi… my very own little creature! 

Now on to the next project!

© Virginie 2013