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Hello! I need three volunteer pattern testers to help me test this pattern. The skill level required for making these SuperKids is intermediate. You’ll also need some basic experience in embroidering and working with eyelash yarn. If you are up for it, and can finish your amigurumis and send in your feedback by January 20, 2016, please send me a message here along with your email address. Thanks so much!
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I guess it’s time to bring out the tree

Would I be wrong to assume that most of you have already finished decorating your homes, ticked everything off your Holiday shopping list, wrapped the gifts, and are now proudly surveying your handiwork while enjoying a cup of delicious hot chocolate and counting down to Christmas? I, for one, have accomplished absolutely none of the above. Truth be told, my artificial Christmas tree is yet to be taken out of the storage, and I still need to figure out where the hell are those boxes containing all the bells and baubles. But I have a feeling I’m not the only one who leaves everything to be done at the eleventh nerve-wracking hour.

So in honor of all those late Kates who’re yet to dust off their Christmas ornaments, whose homes still don’t look like something straight out of a Holiday special magazine spread, those toiling to get their handmade Christmas gifts ready (or at least are toying with the idea of making a handmade gift or two), I present to you Pucci, your personal Holiday assistant.

Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

Pucci [pronounced Pu-chhi] translates to “the little one” in colloquial Nepali. It could mean the person is younger to you in age or is slight in built. Though not necessarily a nice way to address people (in fact, it is quite a condescending term), you can get away with it if you’re extremely chummy with the person being addressed. So, to put it in a nutshell, to call someone Pucci, you either have to be on backslapping terms with that person or be ready to get your eye blackened and your nose bloodied. But our Pucci is very sweet and I promise she won’t break your nose if you call her by that name; she may accidentally misplace your house keys though. ;)

Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

Though her resume says she’s a highly skilled personal holiday assistant, I’m not exactly sure how much help an 8 inch amigurumi can be. All I can say is that she will make your Holiday photos look good.

Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

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Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

Happy Holidays!

If you liked this free amigurumi pattern, 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, which runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. This organization is also in the forefront of 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.

 

To get the pattern in German, visit Gabi Donner’s blog here. Thanks for translating the pattern, Gabi.

P.S. The pattern was designed and written in a hurry so it is possible it may contain some errors. If you spot any, would you please be kind enough to let me know?

P.S.S. I used loop stitch to make Pucci’s hair. If you’re unfamiliar with this stitch, here’s an excellent photo tutorial by Stacey of Fresh Stitches.

Vote for Mimi & Choppy!

The circus is here and the town is swathed in bright, vibrant colors. Clowns, jugglers, human cannonballs, magicians, strongmen, trapeze artists, tightrope walkers, acrobats, stilt walkers, unicyclists—you name it, they are there. And the best part is, they are all made of yarn! Isn’t that exciting!contestcircus_banner_characters

This amazing amigurumi circus is brought to you by AmigurumiPatterns.net and over a hundred amigurumi designers from around the world. Among these talented circus acts are two of my designs—Mimi, the mime artist, and Choppy, the clumsy juggler.

Mimi&Choppy_Tales-of-Twisted-Fibers-(1)Aren’t they adorable!

First, let me introduce you to Mimi – the mime artist.Mimi,-the-mime-artist2_talesoftwistedfibersMimi is not just another pretty face. Besides being a hugely popular one panda mime act, she is also an acclaimed animal rights activist. After barely escaping with her life from a notorious fur trader, she joined the circus. Now she uses the stage and her talent to educate the audience on animal welfare and rights.Mimi,-the-mime-artist3_talesoftwistedfibersDid you know Mimi is also pursuing her degree in International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law?

Choppy – the clumsy juggler, on the other hand, is not exactly what you’d call a smart fella.Choppy_Tales of Twisted Fibers (2)Choppy_Tales of Twisted Fibers (3)Choppy always wanted to be a swashbuckling pirate and wield cutlasses but because of his clumsiness he never made the cut. So now he’s joined the circus as a juggler. Though he’s not terribly good at it—his clubs mostly land on his head—he is extremely popular because of the comic relief he provides.

Mimi and Choppy are only two of the many lovable acts who make this amigurumi circus the most fun circus you’ve ever seen. And now you get to decide which of these performers get to shine as the most popular circus acts by voting for them. The most popular characters with the highest number of votes will then be selected to be a part of a circus themed amigurumi pattern book*.

So if you think Mimi and Choppy have the star quality, could you please take a moment to vote for them? :)

How to vote

  1. Go to AmigurumiPatterns.net
  2. Click on the heart button of five of your favorite designs. It is important that you select exactly 5 designs; selecting less or more than five will disqualify your vote.
  3. On the pop-up screen, enter your name and email address and click on the Submit button.

Voting will take place from December 1 to 9, 2015.

Thank you! :D

* Every year, Amigurumipatterns.net—the folks behind the popular Zoomigurumi series—hosts a themed amigurumi design contest. The popular designs with the highest number of votes are then compiled in a pattern book. The results of the design contests held in 2013 and 2014—Amigurumi Animals at Work and Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals—can be viewed here.

Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals

Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals_BannerI have some exciting news to share with you all. My pattern for Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear can now be found in Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animalsa fabulous book of “soft and snuggly moms and dads with the cutest babies”.

Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals_book cover_tales of twisted fibers

The book—which is a culmination of the design contest held earlier this year by AmigurumiPatterns.net—contains 25 of the cutest characters by 12 designers, including yours truly. :)

Row 1: Mom Tilda & Baby Earl Armadillo (Patchwork Moose) | Butterfly Bree & Baby Caterpillar Calin (Zabbez) | Papa Penguin & Baby Pierre (Moji-Moji Design) | Row 2: Dashy the Beagle & his Baby Boy (Ennadesign) | Mama Lulu & Baby Bea the sloths (Mevvsan) | Mama Bear, Papa Bear & Baby Bear (Tales of Twisted Fibers) | Row 3: Mama Frida Monkey & Baby Lila (Jamaica Y Tamarindo) | Mama Octa & her Baby Octopi (Diceberry Designs) | Maisy Mouse & Baby Charly (Little Aqua Girl) | Row 4: Little Tim the Fawn & his Mommy (Stuff The Body) | July the Kangaroo & her Baby Jumpy (Kamlin Patterns) | Rosy the Mama T-rex & her Baby Boys (Lia Arjono)

Row 1: Mom Tilda & Baby Earl Armadillo (Patchwork Moose) | Butterfly Bree & Baby Caterpillar Calin (Zabbez) | Papa Penguin & Baby Pierre (Moji-Moji Design) | Row 2: Dashy the Beagle & his Baby Boy (Ennadesign) | Mama Lulu & Baby Bea the sloths (Mevvsan) | Mama Bear, Papa Bear & Baby Bear (Tales of Twisted Fibers) | Row 3: Mama Frida Monkey & Baby Lila (Jamaica Y Tamarindo) | Mama Octa & her Baby Octopi (Diceberry Designs) | Maisy Mouse & Baby Charly (Little Aqua Girl) | Row 4: Little Tim the Fawn & his Mommy (Stuff The Body) | July the Kangaroo & her Baby Jumpy (Kamlin Patterns) | Rosy the Mama T-rex & her Baby Boys (Lia Arjono)

Like all other books published by Joke Vermeiren and her team at AmigurumiPatterns.net, Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals has projects for crocheteers of all skill levels. What you can expect from this book is clear instructions accompanied by step by step pictures to guide you through all the difficult bits of the pattern; and lots and lots of pictures of the animals that allow you to see what the finished product will actually look like from various angles. What’s more, there’s even a handy illustrated section on how to make all of the stitches used in these patterns. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect amigurumi book? :D

The pre-sale of this book is on from now till September 27. If you order your copy now, you’ll also receive a free PDF edition of the book, which means you can start making your favorite amigurumis right away! To order your copy, click here.

Before I sign out, a massive thank you to everyone who voted for these fabulous designs and helped us create this wonderful amigurumi book. This book would never have been possible without you. :)

Not a Good Guy

Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersEverything must be amigurumi-fied, even knife wielding dolls with a murderous streak. So here’s Chucky, the dude responsible for my childhood nightmares.

Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersI had quite a bit of fun making this little bad guy because at 8.5 inches, he’s the right sized amigurumi that allows you to add in a lot of details. So I went detail crazy! Right from the stripes on his Converse shoes to colorful stripes on the cuffs of his overalls to the scar on his face. I even gave him eyebrows!  And the result is nothing short of fabulous, if I say so myself. ;) Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersI must warn you though. This pattern requires that you have some basic embroidery skills. Patience is also right up there in the list of must-have skills since you will need to sew several tiny crocheted pieces. If you are not particularly a fan of changing color every row, let me warn you, your patience will be put to the ultimate test. Phew! This is an intermediate pattern as it requires working with four different colored yarns at a time, switching between working in the front loops and back loops, working in back posts, making loop stitches, and every other kind of amigurumi technique that drives the lazy out of you. ;) Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersThough I’ve tried to include photos that explain the difficult bits, a tutorial on making loop stitch—which is what I have used to make the wig—is probably the only thing this pattern does not include. Trust me, I would if I could but apparently, a pair of hands isn’t enough to hold the hook, the yarn, and the camera. I have a nagging suspicion that crocheteers who post photo tutorials either have an extra pair of limbs or they have a crochet slave stashed away in their basement. So here’s what we will do. We’ll make a quick run to FreshStitches.com where Stacey has an excellent photo tutorial on how to make a loop stitch.

Now with that out of the way, let get to the good part. :) The pattern is FREE! Yes, absolutely free; that is, unless you want to tip me for coming up with this marvelous pattern for you, in which case you can always donate to Animal Nepal. :D Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

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If crazy killer dolls don’t freak you out, you know this is what should be on your Halloween to-do list. Even if you don’t care for the scary variety, you can always customize it and make Chucky the most adorable boy that ever lived.

Have fun hookin’!


TRANSLATIONS

Castilian Spanish: Would you like Chucky’s pattern in Castilian Spanish? You can find the translated pattern at Montse’s blog.

Dutch: Nanske has been kind enough to translate Chucky’s pattern for our Dutch readers. Click here to download the pattern in Dutch.


If you liked this free amigurumi pattern, 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, which runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. This organization is also in the forefront of 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.

SHAKEN!

On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal—the country that I’ve made my home—causing widespread devastation. The quake, the worst to hit the country in over 80 years, has wiped out entire villages, and claimed over 5500 lives (this number is increasing by the hour), injured and paralyzed many, and rendered countless homeless. The United Nations estimates that over 8 million people have been affected.

Five days after the quake and we are still digging out a few lucky survivors from under the heap of rubble that is what’s left of Kathmandu now. Those whose houses have either been rendered uninhabitable or reduced to rubble are living out in the open. Food and clean drinking water is in short supply, creating panic among the people. The situation is much worse outside of the capital city.

Though emergency relief materials, including food, water, water purifiers, and medical supplies, are being sent to Nepal from all around the world, most of these are stuck in government warehouses yet to reach the people, thanks to our utterly incompetent government who’s interested more in following ‘protocols’ and ‘procedures’ than in helping its people during a time like this.

Frustrated by the government’s slow pace at mobilizing relief materials, several local youth have partnered with local and international non-government organizations to get the job done themselves. They are collecting funds to purchase medical supplies, food, water, tarps, sanitary products, blankets, clothes, and other essential commodities and taking these items to far flung areas where government relief materials have not yet reached.

Child Reach Nepal is one such organization that is working on the ground. This organization, along with local youth volunteers, were the first to reach Sindupalchok—a district north of Kathmandu that was totally devastated by the earthquake—to distribute emergency relief materials. However, due to the sheer number of affected people, these organizations need more funds to help those who urgently need temporary shelters, food, water, and medicines.

You can help Child Reach Nepal in its relief efforts by donating here.

Another organization that needs your support is Animal Nepal, which has been rescuing and treating animals affected by the earthquake. Some of their staff members have lost their homes. A couple more are yet unaccounted for. The organization’s donkey sanctuary has been partially destroyed by the quake. Yet this team has not stopped its efforts to help the animals who need our help more than ever.

You can give Animal Nepal a hand by donating here.

For a list of verified organizations that are currently engaged in emergency relief, go here.

And to thank you for donating to any of these organizations, I’m giving you a free amigurumi pattern for the little kid known as “the Naughty Boy”. It is one of my first patterns, designed back in 2013, which I hadn’t released earlier. Please note the pattern writing format is slightly different and the pattern is untested. So if you come across any errors, please be kind enough to let me know.

The Naughty Boy - a free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

The Naughty Boy - a free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersDOWNLOAD PATTERN

Before I wrap up this post, I want to thank everyone who emailed me inquiring about my safety. Even as I was going through your messages, the ground beneath me was shaking—there have been over 100 aftershocks, one of which was 6.9 in magnitude! In fact, there was another tremor a few minutes ago. But what I mean to say is your messages gave me so much strength. Thank you all so much. You guys are the best. A special shout out to Viviana Lores, Sakellaropoulou Theodora, Cynthia Rhodes, Amifan, and Ainara for being the first ones to reach out. I love you, guys. :D

Thank you for caring.

Serah

Happy Birthday, Cynthia!

Have I ever told you about a girl named Cynthia? If I haven’t, let me tell you, she’s the most beautiful person and the gentlest soul ever. Kind and patient, and loyal to a fault. Childlike wonder combined with the wisdom of a sage—that’s Cynthia for you. And guess what, her birthday is on Sunday, March 22! So, to celebrate my friend’s birthday, I’ve designed this little amigurumi bunny girl named Cynthia. Cynthia, the little bunny girlHappy Birthday, my dear Cynthia! I’m so glad the universe conspired to make sure our virtual paths crossed and we bumped into each other.

So any guesses on what Cynthia did on her birthday? She spent it with her best friend Maiya, exploring one of the old palace courtyards at the Patan Durbar Square. Cynthia, the little bunny girlThe girls wanted me to take a picture of them at Sundari Chowk, one of the main three courtyards of the palace at Patan (also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts), and I dared them to stand between these carved wooden figurines of maidens astride intertwined serpents below the wooden latticed doors. To say that the girls were terrified out of their socks is an understatement. ;)

Cynthia, the little bunny girl

Cynthia, the little bunny girlMaiya then announced a photo next to a wood carving of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, was in order. She quickly hopped on to the pedestal and dragged a slightly reluctant Cynthia along. I had to beg them to get out of there before they were caught monkeying around by the security guards.

Cynthia, the little bunny girlNext, Cynthia, the birthday girl, wanted to see Tusha Hiti, the ancient step-well that is guarded by mythical lions and serpents with jewels on their hoods. Here they are, trying to skirt their way around the scary lion to get a glimpse of the tank. Don’t the girls look scared silly? :D

Built in the 17th century, Tusha Hiti—with three tiers of exquisitely carved stone deities on its retaining walls—is the centerpiece of the Sundari Chowk, one of the main three courtyards of the palace at Patan.

Built in the 17th century, Tusha Hiti—with three tiers of exquisitely carved stone deities on its retaining walls—is the centerpiece of the Sundari Chowk, one of the main three courtyards of the palace at Patan.

This gilded bronze spout portraying an image of Laksmi-Narayan on Garud was installed in the tank a few years ago after the original was stolen.

This gilded bronze spout portraying an image of Laksmi-Narayan on Garud was installed in the tank a few years ago after the original was stolen.

Then we headed to the Bhandarkhal water tank, hailed as an “exquisite example of 17th century water architecture”. Located in the garden behind the palace, this tank was once the main water storage facility for the palace. Much to Cynthia’s dismay, the tank was dry! Cynthia, the little bunny girlSee how sad she looks.

Never the one to miss a photograph opportunity, Maiya handed me the camera and promptly hopped next to Cynthia. Cynthia, the little bunny girlIn this pic, the girls are standing behind the hind leg of one of the stone lions flanking the Bhandarkhal tank. Overlooking the tank is a meditation pavilion, a feature which fascinated Cynthia. Just as soon as she had started daydreaming about time travelling back to the 17th century when the palace was in its full glory, a very loud and boisterous Maiya announced she was famished and insisted we leave immediately for the nearest eatery. And that, ladies and gentlemen, ended our little Cynthia’s birthday trip to the old palace.

And now it’s time for Cynthia’s birthday party favors: a free pattern of little Cynthia! Cynthia, the little bunny girl

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Thanks for helping me celebrate Cynthia’s birthday. If you like, you can leave a birthday message for our birthday girl in the comments section below. I’m sure she will be thrilled to hear from you. :)

Cheers!


If you liked this free amigurumi pattern, 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.