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Friend-Inspired Amigurumi

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The Summer before I started my final year of university, I attended an almost-exclusively Entomology Field Course as part of my degree (we did have a Bird day and Mammal day as well but the rest of the 2 weeks was focused on bugs and other creepy-crawlies). Β There, I spent most of my time with 4 very interesting characters that inspired the following amigurumis.

There was a guy who enjoyed monkeying about. He would tease and annoy the 4 of us to no end but, for some reason, others in the course never saw that side of him. He would never be caught dead wearing anything but a blue t-shirt (he’s got loads) and his dark blue tracksuit, at least not that Summer anyway.

Alongside him, there was another guy, a sweet one, yet so very slow at everything… ‘You have to be careful with delicate things’, I can imagine him say. And ‘delicate’ would be him. He would constantly worry about being sun-burnt and would always put on his ‘farmer’s hat’ whenever we were out and about. He’s a real sweetheart though, and a big-eater too!

One girl was quite mellow and would always have a cup of tea or soup with her while working. She has a t-shirt I really liked that says ‘give me energy’, and I would constantly put my palms on her back and hum loudly as if to transfer mine to her. LOL!

Lastly, there was this hardcore chick, who loves yellow so much that almost everything she owns was yellow! I think she would suit being something more ferocious than, well, a duck, but it was the only yellow thing I could think of when making the amigurumi.

Amigurumi Friends! (Tortoise, Monkey, Mug and Duck)

Again, the base pattern is Ana Paula Rimoli’s. But, the clothing details are all me πŸ™‚

Ram

Amigurumi Galore!

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After much practise and giving away my amigurumi, I decided to make some for myself. Some of them are (better) repeats of what I’ve made earlier. I still have them hidden in a secret place back home, safe from the prying hands of my nieces. All of them lost the amigurumi I made them while moving houses, so, they wanted me to make them some more. I would, but, I’m pretty occupied at the moment with work (as I continue to write entries in my blog…). One did make me promise that I will try to find time to make her an octopus amigurumi. I should probably get to that soon…

Ram

But, I want a bird…

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While his siblings were looking through Ana’s book deciding which pattern they liked most, one of my nephews told me that he wanted a dinosaur amigurumi. Of course, I told him that I was just a beginner and I can’t make things without a pattern. To which he defeatedly said, ‘Fine, make me a bird then.’

There were no bird patterns in Ana’s first book but he didn’t want to settle for anything less. So, I promised him I would give it a try… Because I’ve knitted a toy dolphin before, I decided to try and crochet a similar shape, add a beak, legs and wings and hope for the best. It turned out way better than I expected!

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My only regret is that I didn’t write down my first own pattern… Again, this amigurumi was so precious that I was quite reluctant to give it away. But, a promise is a promise and I told my nephew to be nice to it. He said he will, and a year later, I found out that he lost it when his family moved to a new house.

‘No, I didn’t lose it… It’s still in our old house. I was playing with it and threw it so it would fly, ‘cos it’s a bird. Then, it got stuck high up between the top stairs. And I couldn’t reach to get it. But, it’s there. I didn’t lose it.’ – was his story.

I’m not too bothered though. I was already aware of that risk when I gave it away. It didn’t change the fact that I successfully made an amigurumi from scratch! And, I have pictures to prove it πŸ™‚

Ram

More Ana Paula Rimoli’s Patterns

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Here’s what I made for my nephews and nieces for practise (and also because I love each one of them). One of my nephews, however, wanted something different. But I feel that story deserves its own entry so I will save it for the next one.

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Leo the Lion Cub

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I felt more confident with my skills after finishing my two projects and being able to make little adjustments when I see fit. So, for my third try, I decided to follow the book completely i.e. use yarn of similar thickness. I chose the lion cub pattern as it was almost my friend’s birthday and I wanted to give the finished product to her, if it turns out well (she’s a Leo). I started off with the mane ‘cos that looked like the more complicated bit at the time.

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Look how cute that thing looked!! I added a little tail detail at the back, but other than that, the pattern is all Ana Paula Rimoli’s. It was so adorable that I had second thoughts about giving it away… But, my mind was set so I gave it to my friend as a present. Later, I made one (and lots more) for myself though.

Ram

A Pinch of Sisterly Love…

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Learning how to knit and crochet went pretty slowly at first because I was still at school abroad and I was very cautious about spending my allowance on anything other than essentials. It was only when I got my first part-time job in my first year of university that I felt a bit comfortable spending money on my hobbies. Ana Paula Rimoli’s amigurumi book was the first crocheting book I bought, and until now, I would only buy books by her. I just love her designs!

Of course, being in university and working part-time also mean I have less free time. So, I couldn’t really start a project until the Summer. I bought a small supply of yarn, polyester filling and felt and a starter crochet kit to bring back home with me and my parents might have been a bit displeased when they found a stack of non-souvenirs in my luggage (‘you could have fit more souvenirs in there’, they must have thought) but it didn’t matter. I showed my sister the book and materials I bought, along with the scarf and little toys that I knitted. She was probably at least a bit impressed because that very Summer, on my birthday, she persuaded another sister to get me a basket of yarn and other knitting and crocheting utensils! (She herself already bought me a present beforehand).

The best birthday gift. A basket full of knitting and crocheting goodness...

I have no excuse NOT to go crazy with crocheting now! So, I opened my book and tried it out. Crocheting felt very different to knitting. Trying to crochet amigurumi as a first project was probably an ambitious endeavour for me at the time. I couldn’t look up how to crochet rings on Youtube because I have no internet at home and it got a bit frustrating. Then, my sister, who would come by to check my progress from time to time, told me of her friend who crochets coin purses and handbags.

‘Why don’t I ask her to teach you?’

And asked her she did. She drove me (and a friend who also wanted to try it out) to her friend’s house and bought us all some snacks to munch on as we learned the art of crocheting. Her friend started us off with a yarn much thicker than the one I was using to teach myself before. It certainly was much easier to crochet using thicker yarns so if you’re having problems trying to crochet the first time, try using a bigger hook and thicker yarn.

I was very excited to finally understand and be able to follow the instructions of my book. Right after I come back, I started (and finished!) my first amigurumi! It was meant to be an octopus, but, I got a bit disheartened when the crocheted limbs wouldn’t stay the same length and stopped halfway. I added some golden locks on it and made it into a somewhat okay-looking doll…

What I tried to make and what I ended up making

My first unsymmetrically-limbed doll

I gave her to my sister’s friend who taught me how to crochet. After, I made another amigurumi using thick yarn, and gave it to my sister πŸ™‚

Hmm?

Oh!

Why, hello!

Yea... it's weird...

What I didn’t realise back then was that my amigurumi was inside-out, which explains why I just can’t hide the yarn and had to figure out other ‘creative’ ways to make it blend with the rest of it. Like, giving an egg-shell a ribbon at the back (don’t know what I was thinking of back then). The little hairs were pretty cute though.

I admit they look a little odd, but, I love them still. My sister still keeps the little pink chick in a egg-shell in her cupboard, and for that, and many other things, I love her πŸ™‚

Ram