Long long time ago (winter 2012) I joined Stacey Trock’s (who designed under the name FreshStitches) kit club. Ever other month for 3 months she mailed out a kit for a cute stuffed crochet toy. I had good intentions, but almost two years later two of the three kits are still tucked away unopened.

The last kit mailed out was for Amigurumi Roosevelt the Monster and it came with a ball of yarn that changed colors slowly. This cute little guy was enough to make me pick up a hook and get to work.

The color changing yarn was very pretty, but it actually changed a little too slowly for this little guy. I knit the ears, eyes, and just started the first leg before the first color change, and the second color took me all the way through the rest of the project. I didn’t even get to the third or fourth colors.
I grew up in the 90s so this guy always makes me think of the cartoon Aaahh! Real Monsters, doesn’t he remind you a little bit of Krumm?
I sprayed him with catnip spray so he’s a favorite around her. That photo was taken when he was brand new, but he’s got a lovely halo of cat hair always, no matter how many times I take him out on the balcony and shake him out.


I know I never managed to blog about it, while it was in progress, but I participated in the Fresh Stitches Mystery Crochet A Long.

As it turns out, the finished amigurumi was this adorable puppy dog: Archer.

Stacey Trock, who designs under the name Fresh Stitches, has many absolutely adorable crochet toy patterns, and I knew I would probably love any pattern she came up with, so I signed up for the CAL.
I never actually got around to taking pictures of the pieces before I assembled Archer, but I can tell you I wasn’t sure what I was making right up to the last minute.
I used one of the yarns recommended by Stacey in the pattern: Ella Rae Classic. It’s a workhorse 100% wool and we happened to be clearing it out at the shop. The colors I used are the aptly named 107 and 135.
I used Suncatcher Eyes (also recommended by Stacey) in the color shimmer blue. They’re fairly inexpensive and very pretty. I bought 5 pairs in various colors, so I see more little toys in my future.
In other hobby news, I’m almost done reading A Christmas Carol. I started before Christmas when I was in a holiday mood, but still have about 30 pages left. I’m slow, what can I say. It’d been a while since I’d read anything of “substance.” Lots of light and fluffy, even some racy, but nothing hearty. If I go too long without reading something substantial, the English major in me gets antsy and overly critical of my “fun” reading. Hopefully a little Dickens will apease it and keep it from making too much of a fuss when I pick up The Woodcutter when I’m finished.