One of my favourite things about the crochet community is connecting with other people through social media! Ever since I saw Holly (@storyland_amis) and her 100 amigurumi countdown, I knew that she was an exceptional crochet designer. When she posted on Instagram asking for pattern testers for her cuddle-sized Zippy the Sloth, I jumped at the opportunity.
Having just come back from the beach, I am filled with a new fondness for the beach and sea creatures! While I didn’t actually see any (live) crabs, I still wanted to make one, mostly because I feel like they are cuter in crochet form than they are in real life.
Confession: I’m supposed to be studying for my finals this week, but when I saw this mini octopus amigurumi, I couldn’t resist making it. It’s just so cute! I told myself that the mini size just meant that it would take less time, and besides, I deserved a study break! I’m not sure if I really do deserve a study break, but at least now I have a cute study buddy!
As you should all know by now, I am a huge fan of birthdays. When the boy I babysit regularly proudly told me that he was turning six this year, I told him that he could pick any animal he wanted, and I would make a present for him. Like any self-respecting boy who is a five-about-to-be-six-year old, he chose a shark.
When I was staying with my aunt and uncle in Hong Kong over the summer, I asked them if there were any animals they liked, and they chose their Chinese Zodiac animals! It may have taken me many months, but I am so excited to show you the monkey amigurumi I designed as part of a thank-you gift.
‘Tis the season! When I was little, one of my favourite Christmas books was “Olive the Other Reindeer”, by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold. I always thought it was so clever, and as a result, I’ve always had a soft spot for reindeers, even if Olive wasn’t exactly a typical “reindeer”. When I saw this reindeer pattern, I knew I had to give it a whirl.
Life has been really busy lately, but I always enjoy the little pockets of time that I can squirrel away to crochet and craft. While less time can mean smaller projects, that doesn’t mean they can’t be cute too! This week, I can’t wait to show you an adorable miniature sheep!
I think that giant pandas have to be one of the most universally loved animals. I mean, what’s not to like? They’re cuddly-looking and I think the endangered aspect just adds to their mystique. Also, being a good Chinese girl, I like to think that I just have an affinity for them. Still, my love for them can’t compare to my friend, and since it was her birthday this week, I knew I wanted to try making an amigurumi panda!
I wish I came up with this name myself, but I can’t take any credit for this at all. The completely adorable name and accompanying pattern were such pleasant surprises to me as I explored Ravelry, and once I saw it, I knew I would have to try making it.