Thursday, February 24, 2011

Amigur...what...i?

Amigurumi.

Say it with me ah-mee-goo-roo-mee


It's fun to say, right?! Just saying it makes me smile :)


Amigurumi is 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 animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. According to wikipedia.com.


Anyway, I found amigurumi when I was looking for some ballet accessories for when Hailey first started ballet (almost 2 years ago now). I found her a cute ballet bag with her name embroidered on it, got her a ballet girl water bottle and found this pattern for a little ballet amigurumi doll (and then I made it) by the very talented Owlishly on etsy! I gave her the bag full of goodies on her first day of ballet. She was SO excited! Since then I have purchased several of Owlishly's patterns and they are incredibly easy to follow. Very well written and illustrated.
Photo courtesy Owlishly.etsy.com I can't seem to find the one I made Hailey.
She said she put it "somewhere special! Go figure...
Photo courtesy owlishly.etsy.com. I've made several of these little girlies for
 a couple special little sweeties in my life! 5 total now! One for
 Hailey and Belle and three for some close friends little girls.
Photo courtesy owlishly.etsy.com. I've made 3 of these now
Hailey didn't want one she said it was too "boy". But I made Belle
a pink and purple one. Then a couple for a friends' little boys who
are twins.
However there are other free patterns out there. I started googling and found some that I thought were interesting. They vary in difficulty from very easy to difficult (just like any crochet pattern) depending on the pattern and how clearly the instructions are written. 


Despite the intricate look of these dolls amigurumi is no more difficult than regular crocheting. I can usually whip one of these dolls out in a bout 5 or so hours. Usually done after bedtime over a couple days so that I can focus on the stitches. 


Anyway I thought it might be fun to do another crochet with me series and do a little amigurumi doll. Is this something you guys want to make? Would you like me to show you how to do it? I had tons of fun with the last crochet with me slippers! If there is enough interest I will pick some patterns and we can start voting again!


Love and Hugs, 










PS. This is NOT a sponsored post. All of the thoughts and feelings are completely my own. I genuinely LOVE Ms. Mia at Owlishly and her amazing patterns!

4 comments:

Bless by Tone said...

http://freeamigurumipatterns.blogspot.com/

I have this on my blog roll, Tone

Anonymous said...

HI Jessica,

I can't wait for another project! I made the cutest Pink,Grey & Black slippers from your last project. I'll get a pic to you so you can see:) Kimberly V

barneyn said...

yes!!

Margo said...

I would love to do a project a little doll or anmimal would be so fun