Saturday, August 16, 2008

Amigurumi



I've been on a quest for over a year to make cute stuffed animals. I tried sewing them and knitting them on the loom but I wasn't really happy with anything I made. Then while searching for knit patterns I discovered amigurumi, which is the japanese art of crochet stuffed animals. All the ones I saw were so cute! Only problem, I didn't know how to crochet. So I got a kid's crochet book out of the library as well as an amigurumi pattern book. On Monday, I taught myself to crochet and made a little square. On Tuesday, I learned how to do increases and decreases and made a wavy head band. On Wednesday, I learned to do double crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch and a few others. And I started my first amigurumi, a little mouse.


I finished it last night. I think it is really cute and turned out well. It was pretty hard at first but once I got the hang of it it wasn't too bad. I'm currently working on a weiner dog for Logan. I'm still working on some cross-stitch too.

9 comments:

frugalmom said...

Thats a cute little mouse. Much cuter than the one I saw last nite in my window well!

Candylei said...

It is adorable. I need to learn how to crochet, too. They have so many cute patterns on etsy.com
I found your blog through the homesteaders. We farm and garden, too.

Melody said...

That is adorable!!

I just saw some really cute little stuffed crocheted critters on another blog, and she recommended the book _Tiny Yarn Animals: Amigurumi Friends to Make and Enjoy _.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

You crack me up...you state all this like it's no big deal, but hey...it takes talent to teach yourself how to do something so cute in just a few days... :-)

seasonseatingsfarm said...

Very cute! I've seen crocheted animals but didn't know there's a name for this. You taught me something.

I can't imagine teaching myself to crochet. Good for you!

Deanne said...

I love amigurumi! That mouse is adorable, great job!

linda m said...

Better a crocheted mouse than a live mouse!! It is really cute. You are so talented - you teach yourself how to do all these neat things and in less than a week.

Christy said...

Frugalmom - Ugh, I worked with mice for 6 years but still hate seeing the wild ones.

Candylei - Crocheting really isn't that hard. If you can knit, you can crochet.

Melody - That book is on my list of books to get. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have that one.

Mom - Thanks. I see it more as a necessity to keep my sanity right now. If I'm not learning new things I have too much time to think and that leads to depression.

Twinville said...

Spoken like a true unschooler. I'm very proud of you, Christy.

You mouse makes me smile. :)