I started crocheting after my grandmother passed away following a short battle with cancer.  She used to make things for all the babies in the family and I didn’t want that tradition to die with her, so I picked up a hook and taught myself to crochet.  Shortly after I learned to crochet I discovered amigurumi, little crocheted toys with an impressive cuteness factor.  I soon began writing my own patterns but only published a few here on my blog.  For the first few years of this blog I have been prioritizing work and school over designing and publishing my designs, but that is all about to change.

In May of 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer.  I had a complete thyroidectomy in June and will have radiation treatment in August.  On account of the cancer, I was forced to quit the medical program.  I have spent the last few months reevaluating my life and have decided to start taking this “hobby” seriously.  It is the thing that makes me happiest and life is far too fleeting to spend time doing the wrong work for the wrong reasons.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to support myself on designing alone, but at this point I feel like no matter how scary the prospect, I have to try.

What’s amigurumi?

Amigurumi is a Japanese slang word for small crocheted or knitted stuff dolls.  Some will say that any toy that is knitted or crocheted is amigurumi but I personally feel that it should also follow the Japanese aesthetic of kawaii (cuteness).  This usually means anthropomorphic animals or objects, typically with large heads and small bodies, big eyes, small mouths and no noses.  Amigurumi are typically crocheted in spirals (rounds that are not joined) and are usually made as individual pieces and then sewn together.

What’s a Riot of Daisies?

I’m really fond of the double entendre, especially for obscure alternate meanings of words.  There’s just something about the phrase “a riot of daisies” that tickles that strange part of my brain that finds a play on words a higher form of humor than, say, a poop joke.  It supposed to mean just a wild bunch of daisies but the image of a bunch of sunny, happy flowers rocking out makes me smile.


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