It all got started when I acquired the book pictured above: Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden. This book is responsible for renewing my interest in crocheting. I'm not even a horror fan, but I immediately fell in love with the dolls, which I learned are called amigurumi. I decided to start with the simplest, easiest project in there, the Fuzzy Alien (see picture below, but don't blame me if you fall in love with him! hee hee). I never made it though, because I got stumped right out of the gate. That's when I decided to scale down my ambitions and try some "easier" projects (if you read the comments on the Amazon page which the link above will take you to, you'll see that many people agree the projects in the book are for more advanced crocheters, but otherwise most people rave about the book and for good reason).
I got the book over a year ago, August 2008. One very big draw for me was the fact that these were small projects, so I figured I could have a completed project in a shorter amount of time which would help me stay engaged with the craft and less likely to drop it out of boredom. I picked up a Coats and Clark publication called "Crochet Made Easy" at the local JoAnn Fabric store, but although it taught me how to make the stitches (I highly recommend the booklet actually, especially for newbies) ... it didn't solve the mystery for me about how to make the Fuzzy Alien.
I want to make the dolls in Creepy Cute Crochet to look EXACTLY the way they look in the book. I know I can do it if I could just have someone not only answer the questions I have but also show me what I'm supposed to do.