Isn’t it easy to buy a doll nowadays? I see hundreds of dolls, teddies, soft toys, even felt dolls with lovely stitches, of countless designs, all cute and nice, everywhere. They are also made into keychains, ornaments, playthings, etc.
But what feelings does it evoke when you buy one? In a year’s time, would you even remember the store where you bought it? Would you still recall your reason for purchasing it?
To date, I’ve only managed to make 1 amigurumi. My one and only, for now. Don’t think I don’t dream of making more. Why bother, you ask? Well, because of the memories and the joy captured during the process of creating it.
It was more than a year ago when I sat crocheting the amigurumi on the sofa at my mom’s house, yet I can still remember the day. It’s recorded in my mind.
I can still see my daughter lounging on the floor cushions watching tv, my older kids playing scrabbles with their aunt and uncle, and Mom busy in the kitchen. I can still remember my concentrated efforts at deciphering the printed patterns. It took hours, but what wonderful hours they were! When it was finally finished, my sister (another one, not the one playing the scrabbles) asked for it, but I said, I will make her another one because I intended my first amigurumi for my daughter, for remembrance. And speaking of remembrance, now I remember, I have a promise to keep to my sister!
I sometimes see the amigurumi on my daughters desk, shabbier than before, but still intact. I know she will not throw it away no matter how shabby it gets, because she remembered me making it, she saw the process. That’s the wonderful thing about a gift made. Even if nobody else remembers, you will. The sweat was there, I admit, but like the pain of childbearing it is forgotten as soon as the child is born.
That’s why, I love the handmade community. They are encouraging the creation of memories. They share their ideas. They sell patterns that they made themselves and you can ask them for suggestions when you encounter a problem.
So, if you are ready to take up the challenge of creating your own memorable experience of crafting and handmaking gifts, have a look at the patterns by Thread Follower (http://threadfollower.com/). You can try out the free patterns first before you purchase the cuter patterns. The free patterns were featured in Martha Stewart’s The Craft Dept which you can also download from Thread Follower.
So, do yourself a favour – look into your schedule and ask yourself, do you have time to spare for making a gift for your loved ones, for creating memories and in the process, exploring your inner creator? If you don’t, consider yourself the unfortunate slave of time. I did, until a few years ago.
– Precious Crafts