I don’t take on craft projects lightly.
I’m a working mom of a rather feisty two year old and time isn’t something I’ve got in excess. In addition to that, I’m not particularly crafty, no matter how often watching HGTV makes me want to be or think I could be.
But that feisty two year old just loves Ariel, and when someone showed me two Disney Princess crochet kits that would make her a pocket sized one? I couldn’t resist. How hard could it be, right? (Don’t ever ask yourself that question.)
The kits available are Disney Princess Crochet (Thunder Bay Press; MSRP $24.95; 76 pages) and Disney Frozen Crochet (Thunder Bay Press, $24.95; 76 pages). So far, I’ve only tackled the Disney Princess Crochet.
I’m not a novice at crocheting, but it’s been a long time since I made anything, so I may as well have been.
But here’s the best thing about this kit. That didn’t matter in the least.
When I opened it (with great trepidation, I might add) and pulled out the instruction book, everything I needed to be reminded of was detailed right there in the instructions. It explained how to start, how to do each kind of stitch that I’d need, and any other fancy little tricks that I might not be familiar with. And it explained them in a way that made sense. So I didn’t find myself reading the same paragraph over and over and still not getting it.
There was one step that I had trouble with, even after reading the instructions over and over (it was the Magic Loop for those of you reading this that are familiar with crocheting).
I was determined to get it, though, and called in someone I work with who is an expert. And then when that didn’t work, I went to YouTube. But the important thing is, I got it.
The kit gives you the materials to complete Cinderella and Ariel, but only because that’s the colors it sends you.
I had plenty of yarn leftover at the end, but not the right colors for the other princesses. And trust me, there’s enough of the stuffing for all of them, so you won’t need to buy more of that.
I started with Cinderella, so that she’d be my warm up to Ariel. I wanted Ariel to be better, because my kid is far more interested in her. You make each part of the little doll separately and then stitch them together at the end, and each one starts with the head. So, Cinderella’s head was the first thing I made.
I think I made it a total of 15 times. Because I kept pulling it out and starting it over when it didn’t work. That’s not the fault of the kit, that’s the fault of this crafter with un-diagnosed ADD. I would lose count of my stitches (which is a problem when you’re going in circles) and forget where I started, and then have to go back to the beginning. But eventually, Cinderella had a head. It’s sort of flat, and big… but the princesses are very caricature-esque anyway, so it worked. The other parts of her were less maddening, and even gave me a chance to do some fun little tricks I never thought I’d do.
In the end, I had a cute little Cinderella with a big head and lopsided hair, but she was done. And I think if I were to try her again now, it’d go a lot better.
But boy, was I determined to make Ariel perfect. And she was actually going really well until I got to her hair. And then I’m not sure what happened, but when I put her hair on her head… well, you can see in the picture. There’s clearly a sizing issue there. But I decided to just run with it, because Ariel’s always had some big hair.
In the end, this thing turned out to be an unexpected savior, because I started it in spare moments at work during a very frustrating time of year, and I’d forgotten how relaxing crocheting can be. (Minus the parts where you’re cursing up a blue streak because you can’t get something to look right, or you once again forgot to count.)
The best part of the kit is how easy it is to understand. They break down everything you need to know into the simplest parts and suddenly something that looked daunting and impossible isn’t so bad at all.
The worst part, for me, was stitching the little parts of the doll together in a way that they wouldn’t come apart. But that’s not at all the fault of the kit – that’s again the crafter.
And the most important part – Addie just loves them.