Square Man and Long Skinny Dude

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, a strong desire to make things for my future child kicked in. I think it is the lucky combination of the nesting instinct and the engineer in me (Miscellaneous fact about me: I am a chemical engineer by training).

I’d tried knitting as a kid and never really had the patience for it, always dropping stitches, losing focus. I’m sure I drop my Nanna crazy when she tried to teach me. My pregnancy brain decided that I should teach myself to crochet. Why? I have no idea, but off I went to my local craft store, and bought a booklet “Teach Yourself How to Crochet”, some wool and a crochet hook. My first attempt was a baby blanket, which is a topic for another day. Project number 2 was Square Man and Long Skinny Dude.

I didn’t know if bub was going to be a girl or a boy, so I tried to pick gender neutral colours, and for some reason picked the following:

Does pregnancy have some impact on your perception of colour? I have no idea why I picked such bold, dark colours. Maybe I was thinking they wouldn’t show up the dirt!?

It took me about 2 weeks of crocheting in front of the TV in the evenings, but Square Man and Long Skinny Dude were born:

When my little man was a baby, he used to love having something to stare at as he drifted off to sleep, and the contrast of the crazy white eyes on the dark wool always captured his attention, so I used to cram the toys into the mattress into the edge of the cot mattress at eye level for him:

What were your first crochet projects? What simple toys have you made?

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