When I'm not writing, my favorite "leisure" activity is hooking.
I mean, crocheting! In particular, amigurumi.
Amigurumi is, according to Wiki, "the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures." I like to make animals, people, and small critters like gnomes--with smaller projects being more attractive than larger ones. I also like to make gifts for friends (zombie wedding cake topper!), family, and industry professionals who visit our local RWA chapter.
|Zombie wedding cake topper|
Lately I've been trying to learn to crochet jewelry, with and without beads. It's very different from amigurumi in that you crochet with tiny, squinty crochet thread instead of yarn with hooks the size of pins. Let's just say my love of crocheting prompted me to get my first pair of bifocals!
I first started when my grandmother taught me some basic crocheting when I was a kid. I made a scarf. And half of a poncho. But the fact is, I'm lazy and a mini-project takes so much less time than an afghan or a sweater. The first amigurumi I ever made was a tiny, evil gnome, also a character in one of my romance novels. I like to crochet hats, too, and have helped costume some local children's theater productions -- I crocheted helmets and a dragon head for a production of Disney's Mulan Jr.
Herman Edward Heckley knows all about drywall, concrete, and nail guns. So what's he doing fighting off taffeta in a bridal salon? He’s maid of honor for his best friend, Caroline Oakenfeld, in her wedding to a pencil-necked geek. But the closer he gets to the ceremony, the more he wonders if he's been missing out all this time.
Caroline has been missing out, and she knows it. She’s been in love with Heck forever, but frittering her life away until Heck wises up isn’t part of her life plan. She’s agreed to marry her boyfriend so she can move on with her life. But the closer she gets to the ceremony, the more she realizes she has to resolve her feelings for Heck.
For better or for worse.
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