I don't know why, but I've had a somewhat irrational fear of crocheting. probably because I kind of suck at it. and I probably only suck because I haven't really tried very hard. or maybe I'm just saying that so I don't feel bad about the fact that I really do suck. either way, I'm pretty sure it goes all the way back to when my mom tried to teach me to crochet a couple of times and I just couldn't wrap my head around it. besides her claiming she couldn't go any slower than superfast, she only knew the terms in chinese. everything was a crazy, chinese blur of fingers and yarn. and a hook. but, I eventually made a rug and a scarf and that was about it. I couldn't get past the back and forth single crochet (which I had to figure out from a book. THANKS, mom), and even then, I kept ending up with the wrong number of stitches in a row and having to fudge my way around it. also, not sure I actually knew how to count the stitches.
but that was long long ago, when I was still young and in my mid-twenties. now that I'm much more mature and teetering on the edge of 30, I've worked up the nerve to try it again. all it took was wendy telling me repeatedly (and probably trying not to roll her eyes too much) that it's not hard and I could totally do it and look how easy and cute her first amigurumi is! I couldn't have her thinking I wasn't up to the challenge, right?
haha! look at that! a pear! yeah, so, I am pretty sure I still wasn't counting the stitches and rounds properly. and... I ran out of green yarn when I was two rounds from the end, so I had to finish it off with yellow (it is not pretty down there). and I had no idea how to sew on the mouth. and man, safety eyes are hard to snap. and... I dunno. it came out pretty cute, but I think I can do better. I strategically attempted to not photograph the sloppy parts. we'll see what I come up with next. and, fine. wendy, you were right. it wasn't hard. (and thank you for your leftover kit bits!) but I still think I kinda suck at it. just less so than before.