As a self-taught knitter, I can assure you that knitting is not as difficult as it may seem. With just a pair of knitting needles and a ball of yarn I set out to learn the basics by watching Youtube knitting tutorials. Once you learn the two basic stitches: Knit and Purl, you can really do anything! There are tutorial videos for everything from casting on, to turning your work, to adding in new colors.
So I was browsing at Hobby Lobby one day, and came across this pattern book called Amigurumi Animal Friends. I had a friend who was expecting a baby, and so I thought that a soft, cuddly, home-made stuffed animal would be the perfect gift.
After my first attempt at one of the patterns, (an adorable little squirrel, complete with fluffy tail), I was thrilled with the results! The pattern instructions were easy to follow, there were a few new techniques that I was able to find tutorial videos for, and it only took me a few days to complete.