Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I used a plastic safety doll nose rather than embroidering the nose on, i thought it gave it a much neater look.
One word of warning about the safety eyes and noses....once they're on THEY'RE ON! So make sure you get them in the right place to begin with because that's where they are going to stay! Which is exactly what they are suppose to do to prevent being a choking hazard to small children.
Here are some photos of all my amigurumi cuties together.
Say cheese Ami's!
Monday, July 20, 2009
My amigurumi crocheted critters collection is growing by the day! Take a look at these little ones I was able to whip up over the weekend!
I'm including the free patterns because I know many of you will fall in love with these little cuties like I did!!
My bunny is finally finished (she was my 2nd project) and I think she is very sweet! I got the pattern for her here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60480A.html
My safety lock eyes had not arrived in the mail yet, so I crocheted her eyes on, as well as giving her an embroidered mouth.
I've found that each project seems to get a little easier. The hardest part of amigurumi crochet in my opinion, is trying to figure out what to crochet next! They are all just so adorable. Not to mention quick and easy to complete!
When I finished the bunny
I started on my little turtle,
"Sheldon" as I call him.
(Yes I'm naming them now.
I'm getting very attached to the little guys!) The pattern for the Turtle can be found here:
There aren't any assembly instructions on the pattern site, however I was able to assemble him without too much trouble by looking at the photo on the pattern.
Here's another picture so you can judge his size:
I'm off to cook dinner, then settle myself with yarn and hook in front of the t.v. to spend a relaxing evening creating!
Until next time....happy hooking!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
As I do more of this Amigurumi crochet I'm finding that there are a few "tweeks" that need to be done that are different from just your everyday crochet. The first thing I found out (the hard way, lol) is that Amigurumi crochet stitches must be pulled very, very tight! Why is this so important? Well, the biggest reason is that Amigurumi stuffed toys are stuffed extremely full. If your stitches are not as tight as you can possibly get them the stuffing will show thru. Especially if your yarn is a dark color. I found this out with my first project, pictured below, the lady bug. Her head is black, which is in my opinion the most unforgiving color when you're using white polyfill stuffing! I could see the white peeking thru and it was very noticeable! Drove me crazy in fact. So tip #1, pull your stitches TIGHT! It's a little harder when you're crocheting the piece, but well worth it if you want a professional looking and beautiful finished piece!
My first Amigurumi Project!
I'm sure I'll be discovering more tips since I'm kinda learning Amigurumi crochet as I go!
Does anyone have any tips to add?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Welcome to my very first Blog! Why am I so nervous?? Well let me briefly introduce myself. I'm a mom, a grandmom and a recently "displaced" worker. Having been laid off from my job of 9 years only 2 weeks ago I've been forced into what I now have decided to call my "vacation". Hey, might as well make the most of it right? And it sounds so much better than being "unemployed". I haven't been "unemployed" for any length of time since I was 15 years old. So here I am. 49 years old, recently seperated from my husband of 26 years, and raising my 3 year old grandson, who has lately been my main motivation for anything and everything I do!! I've been doing alot of worrying and contemplating lately. Where do I go from here? I've tossed around all the ideas of taking advantage of my meager severance time and going back to school, doing some babysitting out of my home, calling everyone I know to put the word out that I'm looking for work and all the various "work from home" ideas. What I came up with is basically...nothing. I'm just more confused than I was before. So I called an old dear friend to cry on her shoulder, which she obliged and then proceeded to tell me about how busy she is getting ready for a craft show here in our town in October 2009. She has done these craft shows before and makes a nice little chunk of change to supplement her retirement income. "You should whip up some of your beautiful crochet and attend the craft fair with me this year! We could get a booth together even."
Now that was something to think about. I love to crochet. I taught myself when I was 14 years old and have been happily addicted ever since! I've crocheted everything from afghans, to potholders to sweaters & scarves. I love to create!! To me there is such a wonderful sense of accomplishment and pride to take a piece of string and turn it into something beautiful! "Okay" I told my friend. "That sounds fun and it will get me out of the house if nothing else." I might even make a little extra money if I'm lucky. I've got a little time before my severance pay runs out in 5 months so why not? The more I thought about it, the more I liked this idea of attending a craft show with my very own "products" made with my own two hands! My family and friends always say I should sell some of my crocheted work because I am so "talented". But I've never had the time or the energy to make a substantial amount of pieces....until now.
So, first things first, I thought. "What should I make?" Afghans, baby blankets and the like would take too long. I need to make something that's beautiful and can be done relatively quickly if I'm going to be ready by October! Then it hit me. I've seen pictures in crochet magazines and on crochet websites of these little tiny dolls, animals, bugs and just about everything you could imagine....even vegetables and food!
I have often thought of trying it for gift giving or toys for my grandson. That might be something I can do quickly enough to have a respectable "inventory" for my first craft fair. So I jumped on the computer and started searching for patterns of these tiny little creatures. I was astonished at how many there were and just how popular this delightful art form called "Amigurumi" Japanese crochet is.
What does that mean? I did a new search under "amigurumi" and much to my delight I found hundreds upon hundreds of pictures and free patterns. The definition of "Amigurumi" is as follows: the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically cute little animals ( bunnies, cats, dogs, turtles, bears, squirrels and so on), but can include artistic renderings, and inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features.
Ah, I see. Well that looks fun, and easy even! I'll give it a try. My first pattern was a cute little Lady Bug I found here:
Isn't she just toooo cute???!!! ♥♥♥♥
I grabbed hook and yarn and finished "Lorelai" in an afternoon! I was hooked. It was fun, easy and quick. And best of all adorable and sure to be a popular bazaar item. I couldn't wait to start my next project.
The blog was an after thought. I thought it might be fun to document this "journey" I'm about to begin from start to..well, wherever it leads!
I welcome any ideas or feedback and meeting some new friends along the way would be nice too!
Here's a link to a free pattern for some super cute turtles that would be good for anyone just beginning amigurumi crochet.
It's less challenging than the lady bug (all those spots and legs!!!!) Try it out and let me know what you think!
Until next time.......happy hooking!!