Funky Donkey

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Can you tell me which animal plays a very important role in the Christmas story? You guessed it right! It’s the humble donkey; the strong, silent hero who carries a very pregnant Mary all the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. So, in keeping with the season’s theme, please allow me to present to you the Funky Donkey! funky-donkey-Tales-of-Twisted-FibersAs you must have noticed, this cute 5 inch amigurumi donkey is based on my free pattern for Rudy, the reindeer. [In case you missed my post on Rudy, you can go here and download the free pattern.] While the basic pattern is the same, I’ve made alterations to the ears, nose, tail and added a mohawk which gives our Funky Donkey quite a badass look.

I used eyelash yarn to make the mohawk and I must say it has seriously upped the cuteness factor of our darling little donkey. But be warned, this yarn is a pain to work with. It was my first time working with eyelash yarn and I had to feel my way through since it’s practically impossible to see the stitches. Thankfully, the mohawk is just a few short rows of single crochet stitches and it gets over quickly. So if you have crocheted with black yarn in a not very well lit room and lived to tell the tale, you’ll live through this one too. ;) If you have worked with eyelash yarn, please feel free to share your (horror) stories here. You know what they say about misery loving company. ;)

So, without further ado, here’s the free pattern for our Animal of the Month, Funky Donkey!

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If you liked this free amigurumi pattern—and also since ’tis the season of giving—would you please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal? Animal Nepal is a not for profit, animal welfare and rights organization based in Lalitpur, Nepal, that runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. One of these sanctuaries—The Godavari Donkey Sanctuary—provide care and shelter to donkeys rescued from Nepal’s brick factories notorious for working their animals to death. You can meet some of the rescued donkeys, currently enjoying their retirement at the sanctuary, here.

If you want to read more about Animal Nepal and their work, you can check out their Facebook page or their blog. You can also help them by donating here.

Thank you for caring.

Merry Christmas! :)

Christmas Angels

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Christmas Angels Amigurumi Pattern Angels come in all shapes and sizes. These two maybe only 9 inches tall but they are super powerful (not to mention super cute!). That’s why this year they have been assigned the special responsibility of hovering around your Christmas tree to make sure no naughty goblin steals your Christmas gifts away. Christmas Angels Amigurumi PatternChristmas Angels Amigurumi PatternIt is a very simple pattern that requires the use of very basic stitches such as magic ring, single crochet, increase, decrease, half double crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, crochet BLO and FLO. The angels are 9 inch/23cm tall when made with sock weight yarn and 2.5mm hook. Christmas Angels Amigurumi Pattern The 10 page pdf pattern for these angels includes over 30 step by step photos, which makes the pattern very easy to follow. The pattern also includes instructions on how to make moveable amigurumi head and arms. These angels will make not only a great Christmas project but also a wonderful gift at any time of the year for someone who loves angels. In the unlikeliest of case that you don’t care for angels much, you can leave out the wings to make a sweet little doll for a little girl. Christmas Angels Amigurumi PatternThe pattern for these cute little angels can be purchased here or here.

And before I forget, another free Holiday themed amigurumi pattern will be posted on this blog very soon. Can you guess what it will be? ;)

Happy Holidays! :)

Rudy, the reindeer

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Christmas is only about a month away. So who gets an early Christmas gift? YOU! :D And my gift to you is this super cute free amigurumi pattern for Rudy, the reindeer.Rudy, the reindeerMade with sock weight yarn and 2.5 mm hook, Rudy is around 4.5 inches tall. As the pattern only uses basic stitches (if you know how to make a magic ring, single crochet stitch, increase and decrease, you’re set to go!) and is relatively quick to make, this amigurumi will make a great Christmas project. Rudy, the reindeerThis is one cutie you should have around you and your loved ones during Christmas. So download the pattern and start hookin’, folks! Christmas is already around the corner.

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Rudy, the reindeer


If you liked this free amigurumi pattern—and also since ’tis the season of giving—would you please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal? Animal Nepal is a not for profit, animal welfare and rights organization based in Lalitpur, Nepal. It runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals, besides campaigning for animal rights. If you want to see the wonderful work these folks do, you can check out their Facebook page or their blog. You can also help them by donating here.

Thank you for caring.


Keep warm and carry yarn. ;)

 

Worldwide Artist Blog-Hop

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1*DenDennis is the fab amigurumi designer behind the popular amigurumi books Prettig Gestoorde Amigurumi’s and CombiGurumi. Those familiar with his work know that his designs are oh-so-fun and quirky. If you haven’t seen them yet, you may want to click here. :)

2Read DenDennis’ answers here.

And now onto the questions!

WHY I DO WHAT I DO? 3Everyone needs a creative outlet. Mine is designing amigurumi. This is such a fun craft. And super addictive too! I first picked up a hook in 2012 and haven’t put it down since. :D

WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW? 4A lot of projects actually! I have more WIPs than I care to admit. I’m not the most organized person and I get distracted very easily by new ideas that keep popping in my head while I’m in a middle of a project. This leads to many half completed, discarded projects. So, though I’m working on some winter/Holiday themed amigurumi designs at the moment, I’m not sure how many of them will actually see the light of day. :o

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE? 6My amigurumi patterns are meant for cheaters, people like myself who want to make amigurumis that look somewhat detailed (and, at times, complicated) but can’t be bothered to go through complicated steps to achieve that look. I also use a lot of wire frames in my amigurumis that make them poseable. Though I enjoy making amigurumis for kids, I have way more fun making designs for the grownups.

HOW DOES MY CREATIVE PROCESS WORK? 7I will probably need a flowchart to explain my creative process because it’s more of a jumble than a streamlined process but I’ll try explaining it without one. ;)

I usually start with drinking copious amounts of coffee and scribbling mindlessly on my notebook. Once I have a rough sketch of what I want, I sit down and start working on this project (though there are times when I skip sketching and jump right into crocheting). Midway through the design, I pause to scribble ideas that have a knack for popping up in my head at the most inopportune moments. Sometimes I continue working on project number one; other times I put it aside to work “just a few rounds” of my brand spankin’ new project number two and end up forgetting about the original project entirely (remember what I told you about distractions?). For me, it’s not just about creating something but also having fun doing it. So if that means discarding projects that no longer interest me, so be it.

While working on a new design, I also take down round by round notes and step-by-step photographs, which I’ll use later during the pattern writing stage. Finally, I celebrate the end of a project with another mug of coffee. And then the doodling starts again. :)

I’m now inviting four of my favorite amigurumi artists to join this blog hop and I hope they will answer these same four questions.

Jane from Jennyandteddy: I was able to make my first ever amigurumi in 2012, thanks to Jane and her generosity. Her blog is full of free, easy to follow amigurumi tutorials and patterns. If you are new to amigurumi making, her blog should be your next stop.

Vanja Grundmann from Amigurumibb: Vanja is an amigurumi ninja. Her designs are amazing and her patterns are free! Be sure to visit her site if you haven’t already. You’ll be amazed by her creativity.

Ilaria Caliri from Airali Handmade: Author of the hugely successful Amigurumi Winter Wonderland, lovely Ilaria makes the cutest designs. You’ll find her work in all of the popular Zoomigurumi series and Amigurumi Animals at Work.

Rachel H from Little Yarn Friends: Rachel is one of the designers who inspired me to take up the hook. Her love for animals is another thing that makes me love her more.

That’s all for now, folks! Until next time, be good and keep hookin’!

 

Even superheroes go shopping

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K9 is no ordinary dog. He may look sweet but when he puts on his red and blue suit, he transforms into a crime fighting superhero committed to ridding the city of super villains like “Dirty Paws”. He is currently dating KT*, the winner of Miss Dogverse 2014, who has him wound around her pretty little paw. So yes, when you have a girlfriend like KT, even superheroes have to take a break from saving the world and go shopping once in a while. ;)


* Keti (pronounced kay-tee) means a young girl in Nepali. So KT can be short for Katie, or it could simply mean she’s a young girl or that she’s K9’s girl.


The amigurumi pattern for K9 Superhero and his girlfriend KT is now available in my shop. The 12 page pdf contains written instructions and step by step photos on making both K9 and KT who are 8 and 7.5 inches tall with movable heads. You can buy the pattern here.

Alright, so who’s ready for some puppy love? :D

Thank you & see you soon!

Thank you all for your love and support, and the faith you’ve shown in me. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words of encouragement, telling me to continue doing what gives me so much joy and not give into negativity. As some of you have already figured out by now, the accusation that I force people to pay for my free patterns was solely based on someone’s lack of understanding of how blogs work; that if they select to receive email notifications of new comments on this blog, they will get an email every time a new comment is added!

My heartfelt gratitude to my dear friend Cynthia Rhodes who not only stood by me but also took the time to kindly explain to this person the basics of blogging and commenting and that she was not being scammed by anyone. Cynthia, you are a wonderful person and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As most of you know, I include a note in all my free patterns for you to consider making a donation to Animal Nepal. My hasty decision to bring down all my free patterns was a panic reaction to this wild allegation that threatened not only to slander my name but also that of a wonderful organization that has been caring for homeless, injured and abused animals in Nepal. I realize I overreacted and hit the panic button too soon without thinking how you all would feel about this. And I’m truly sorry for having upset you. After all the love you’ve given me, taking down this blog or my patterns would be like taking your love and friendship and throwing it back in your face and I’d never do that.

Thank you for all your comments and emails. Most of you don’t know me personally, yet when I was hurt and angry, you reached out to me and helped me heal. You’ve shown me for one negative person who thinks nothing of tearing down a complete stranger, there will be a hundred who’d be willing to stand by you, pick you up when you’re down, and fight for you. Recently I was asked in an interview if I thought crocheting had a therapeutic effect. And I had said yes, it is a stress buster. Now I realize it’s much more than that. It is a thread that binds so many people who may have nothing in common save a love for this craft; people who have never met in person—and probably never will—but are there to encourage and support each other. And I feel blessed to be among such strong, happy folks.

Thank you and see you soon.

Love,

Serah

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Dear all,

I’m writing you this note with a heavy heart. This morning a received a blog comment (you can read it here) from a stranger, accusing me of emailing her for money. I do not know if she REALLY was approached by a fraud who has taken my identity or this woman is just an old mean spirit. But there’s something I’d want all of you to know.

I do not email anyone asking for money. So if you received an email from “me” asking for donations, I did not write that mail. The only time I send a private email to anyone is when I receive an email from them first. Even then, I do not ask for donations or payments. Because my free patterns are just that — “free”.

Whenever I upload a free pattern, I post a note requesting people who use my free patterns to ‘consider’ making a donation to Animal Nepal, if they so choose. I do not force anyone to pay anything either directly to me or to any charity. If people donate, as some of you most generously have, it is out of their own free will.

An accusation like this is not only malicious, it is heartbreaking. When I started posting my patterns for free, it was out of my love for amigurumi, and my desire to share my designs with folks like you who share my passion. I know many of you use my patterns for charity, and many of you have not only loved my designs but also generously donated to Animal Nepal. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

In the next couple of days, I’ll be taking down all my free patterns because I’d rather not see my name or that of Animal Nepal (a wonderful organization that cares for sick and homeless animals) maligned. It was a fun ride but sadly it must end now.

Thank you all for your love and support. Take care and be good.

Regards,

Serah

The Little Red Devil

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When I was young, I used to be quite a major pain in a certain part of my parent’s anatomy. I often wonder roughly how many times the pleasant thought of disowning me crossed their minds, and did they see this when they saw me? The Little Red DevilSo tell me, does this little kid in a Halloween costume remind you of a little trouble-on-two-legs in your life? If your answer is yes, why not make this little amigurumi devil for your darling little pain in the butt! ;)

The pattern for this 7 inch amigurumi includes instructions and step-by-step pictures on how to embroider amigurumi hair. Also included is the pattern for a pumpkin. What’s even better, it’s absolutely free! :D

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I hope you enjoy this pattern. And would you please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal if you use this pattern? :)

Thanks for caring.

Serah

P.S. Thank you for helping Violet & Ivy make it to the list of top eight “visitors favorite patterns” on amigurumipatterns.net. You guys are the best! :D

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