It was my birthday last month and I was rather excited to get these three new Amigurumi crochet books as part of my gifts…
The one I wanted to try first was from Crochet Bakemono (by Lan-Anh Bui & Josephine Wan) because it had a pattern for a creature with two heads called ‘Mono-Mono’, not as separate pieces to be sewn together at the end, but an all-in-one pattern. Now I’ve learnt how to do that I’ll certainly be putting the technique into practice with some of my own creations. The instructions are really easy to follow and there are plenty of good creature shots and fun stories to go with the characters.
My next creature from this book was based on the pattern for the monster called ‘Takomon’ but with a bit of adaptation – mine’s taller and thinner with a few hair curls and not such a frilly skirt… then I went off on one with the face – I’m thinking he looks like a cross between a flamenco dancer and a character from a spaghetti western – either way he’s pretty ugly! If anyone has any suggestions for names I’d love to hear them
Book number two is called Ami Ami Dogs(by Mitsuki Hoshi) – the title on the front of the book is so true ‘Seriously Cute Crochet!’ There are 12 different dogs to make, sitting up and lying down and different sizes too. The intro is a little confusing to start with as there seems to be some translation issues such as using the word knitting instead of crochet and also a couple of basic (but obvious) mistakes related to how to read the patterns. But… once you’ve got over that, the diagramatic patterns are quite useful and the photography is just lovely.
My first attempt was a small Japanese Shiba, he turned out quite cute but I made a few mistakes with introducing the second colour (I blame it on watching tellie whilst trying to read the pattern diagram without my glasses on!)
I haven’t tried any of the Crobots yet but I’ve had a good look through the book and I’m quite impressed with the instructions. The written patterns seem very clear and each one also has a ‘Blueprint’ to go with it – a drawing of the finished Crobot in pieces with pictures showing how to assemble the parts. Each Crobot has a full page pic of the finished article too. (Crobots – 2o amigurumi robots to make by Nelly Pailloux)
I’ve put Amazon links to all of the books as it’s often quite useful to be able to read the reviews before buying. I’d recommend them all but I think my favourite of the three is the Bakemono book for the clear instructions and the imaginative monsters.
Thanks for popping in. Shaz x
A craft fair customer recently asked if I could make a cute sheep or lamb as her Mum collects them and she likes to get her a different one each time she goes abroad to visit. I remembered I had some bobbly cream yarn I bought a couple of years ago and thought it would be perfect to try and capture that curly lamb skin look. I hope she likes them. I’ve got the same yarn in pink, yellow and blue as well so I think I’ll make a few more to put in my shop soon.
I’m so glad we took the pics yesterday when the sun was shining briefly – who knows when we’ll see that again!
Here’s my latest batch of Amigurumi creatures. If anyone is planning on giving a home to something cute I’ve just listed them over at my Folksy OddSox shop! My favourite is the little grey one with skinny legs.
The brown one is definitely a dog, the orange one is certainly a fox – the other two I’m really not sure – mouse? bear? lemur? …
The HooterNinnie collection is growing! There are now 3 different sizes and and also a garden varierty:
Tiny weeny Mini HooterNinnie that fit inside your hand…
- Mini HooterNinnies
Middle sized HooterNinnies (the original kind!) that sit on the palm of one hand…
- Middle Sized HooterNinnie
Next in line are the Huge HooterNinnies – you’ll need 2 hands for these chaps…
- Huge HooterNinnie
…and last, for the time being anyway, the Garden HooterNinnie. He’s made from garden string and is stuffed with strips of old supermarket carrier bags. I think I’ll be making a few more of these to decorate the garden and startle the cats!
- Garden HooterNinnie
If you fancy a HooterNinnie for yourself there are quite a few middle sized and Huge ones available in my Folksy shop and I’m always happy to make custom orders.
The HooterNinnies have been rather excited today. They all gathered round to see Curly stick the winners name on the end of his Hooter… is it you?
Turn on your sound and click the pic to see the secret selection process!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!
I will contact you by email to arrange where/when/who etc!
Brushing my HooterNinnie
This is a poem that my newphew (who will be 8 next week – Happy Birthday!) wrote about his HooterNinnie for a show & tell at school. He’s got actions to go with it too – his performance was well worth a viewing!
This is my HooterNinnie…
but what do you call a HooterNinnie when he’s feeling musical?
and when he gets dressed up we call him a SuiterNinnie
When he’s rich he’s a LooterNinnie
When we’re playing heroes he’s a SuperNinnie
and when we’re playing ghosts he’s a BOOterNinnie
if we’re playing gun slingers he’s a ShooterNinnie
When he thinks he’s an owl he’s a T-wit, T-woo terNinnie
and when he thinks he’s a cow he’s a Moo-terNinnie
When he thinks he’s a car he’s a TooterNinnie
When he’s on wheels he’s a ScooterNinnie
When he blows raspberries he’s a FruiterNinnie
When he needs the toilet he’s a Poo-terNinnie
But when he was a baby he was so CuterNinnie
But I like him best of all when he’s my plain HooterNinnie!