So I decided that if ABBA the Museum would have another free shipping sale, I'd splurge and get myself the beanie kit. I spent the next few years waiting for ABBA the Museum to have another sale, but all the sales they did have were for 5% or 25% off your total purchase, and it did not cover the shipping cost.
Recently, on ABBA's official website, they've been having a monthly quiz thingy where every month or so, they have a quiz with about 15-17 questions. When they first introduced the monthly quizzes, they said that there would be rewards. (I still would have played even if there weren't any rewards, lol.) So I've been playing these monthly quizzes, and not to brag, I pretty much got 100% on all of them, except for the quizzes where they break and decide to not load the questions and then sometimes it won't even let me answer, lol. Anyways, after several months of playing these quizzes, ABBAsite gave me a 15% off coupon for ABBA the Museum's webshop.
Seeing as the shipping is so darn expensive, I wasn't super enthusiastic about the coupon, but I also had earned a little money that month and thought, maybe 50 something dollars for a $15 item isn't so bad??? So I was going to splurge on it, but then my dad had a better idea for me. With my dad's help, we made contact with someone in Sweden, asking if we could ship the beanie kit to them, and the person was really nice and said yes. So I paid ~$24 for the beanie to be shipped to Sweden.
Now, the main thing that I really wanted from the beanie kit was the instructions. The reason why is because I can pretty much get the materials I need for the beanie at my local Walmart. All I'd need is a ball of blue yarn, a crochet hook of the right size, and sequins. The person from Sweden sent us an image of the instructions, and I was all set. I got the materials from Walmart, which were really cheap ($2 for the yarn, maybe $5 for a 4.25 mm crochet hook. The actual crochet hook for ABBA the Museum's kit is 4 mm, but they didn't sell that at Walmart, so the 4.25 had to do.)
The next step was to actually learn to crochet. I thought it would be easy since I had an easy time learning to knit. Because I know how to crochet now, it's pretty easy, but me a few months ago found it to be pretty tricky. It also doesn't help that the Agnetha beanie kit probably isn't for beginners, but I was determined.
My first attempt at the beanie was with an orange yarn I had lying around so that I wouldn't waste my blue yarn. Now I was able to learn the different stitches by watching a ton of YouTube tutorials, but what I did not know was how to Double Crochet in a ring or what a Chain Space was. I also couldn't figure out whether for Row 5 and onward I was supposed to continue crocheting in a spiral or if I was supposed to start a new row and join it with a slip stitch before starting another row. This was my first attempt. As you can see, I didn't get very far.
|Yes I blocked out my wig head's creepy face. :P|
So I tried again, this time with my blue yarn from Walmart. Compared to the monstrosity that was my first attempt, this one was pretty good. It actually had a beanie shape instead of the weird pancake-y shape of the first one. My only concern was that it was way too big.
My first thought was that I just have a tiny head, which I do, just I didn't think it would be so tiny that the beanie would just slide off my head. Obviously I did something wrong, and I couldn't really figure out what that was.
My only concern with it was the fact that I was using a beginner method by only going through the top loops of each stitch, and it left a weird seam almost on each row that I did not like. It's not all that noticeable which is why I was satisfied enough to add the sequins with fabric glue, but I was dissatisfied enough to feel the urge to make yet another beanie.
One thing I noticed is that ABBA the Museum's yarn is definitely of higher quality, and it doesn't split apart as much as my Walmart yarn does. Definitely worth the $24 I paid for it. :')
|Pretend this is on the foam head and not being held, okay? xD|
Overall, even though the ABBA the Museum yarn is higher quality, really you can make yourself an Agnetha beanie really easily and a lot cheaper with just supplies from your local craft store. All you really need is the instructions and you're all set. :3
I hope you enjoyed this extremely long post documenting my crochet journey, and yes, I did make a new beanie for my Agnetha doll. Be on the lookout for a future post on that, lol.