The Witcher & A Holiday Wish

If you love reading, playing or watching The Witcher and (like me) have been obsessing over the new Netflix series, you’re going to like this quick post. Because what can be more awesome than an amigurumi version of our favorite monster hunter! 😁

So yes, this is what I have been working on this month. A little Geralt of Rivia fan art. Isn’t he adorable!

Making the entire body in black—with several tiny pieces of the armor to boot—was definitely not a sane thing to do [fellow crocheters will understand why] but I guess I was “living da vida loca”. 😉 After five days of working primarily with black yarn, I was nearly blind and my hands were terribly sore but it was so worth it! I absolutely love how little amigurumi Geralt turned out and I hope you like him too. 😁

Before the day is done, my little amigurumi Witcher and I wish you love, peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. May everything on your wishlist come true.

Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday! See you next year! ❤

Santa Paws & Frosty Nose

Santa Paws and Frosty Nose are brothers. But do you know how they got their names? Like all Shiba Inus, Pawsy and Nosey are “spirited’ and loyal, with a tendency to guard their humans. But there’s one thing that sets these brothers apart: every winter, the brothers give away their treats, old toys and spare blankets to the less fortunate dogs in the neighborhood. The brothers—both of whom were adopted from an animal shelter by their human parents—know that winters are harsh for those who are homeless and every single act of kindness, no matter how small, helps. And because they have such big hearts, they are known as Santa Paws and Frosty Nose.

On cold winter nights, the brothers put on their Christmassy capes and hats and leave the warmth of their home; they go around the neighborhood carrying gifts, blankets and warm food, looking for their street dwelling canine friends. And every time they come across a cold and hungry animal, the brothers make sure he has a belly full of warm food and a warm blanket to keep away the cold. ❤️

Now, a bit about the pattern. Santa Paws & Frosty Nose stand 12cm without the hat—and 16cm with the hat—when made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm hook. The difficulty level for making the dog is “Easy”; for the accessory [i.e. the gift box], the level is “Intermediate”.

If you are looking for a cute, quick and easy Christmas themed amigurumi pattern that can be finished in a couple of evenings, and can be used either as decorative pieces or made as gifts, this is the pattern for you. 🎄

I hope you enjoy making Santa Paws and his brother Frosty Nose. Their pattern is available in my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

P.S. Thanks to these amazing hook ninjas for testing this pattern: Crystal Thompson, Jessica Sherman, Frances Metallo, Fiona McQueen, Véronique Flawine & Kim Coomans.

Halloween Ami-Along

I’m so excited to tell you that I’m hosting the Halloween Special edition of Ami-Along over at AmigurumiPatterns.net this month and it’s going to be so much fun! Besides getting a brand-new Halloween themed two-in-one amigurumi pattern at the price of one and access to the members forum, you also stand a chance to win a ton of crochet related goodies! Doesn’t that sound amazing!

We will be hooking up one of these spooktacular Halloween Kids during this Ami-Along, which will run from October 9 to November 11. And you get to decide which one of these cute little trick-or-treaters do you want to make—batty little Wanda or her catty little friend Hazel. Or if you are feeling super adventurous, you can even make both of them! Both Wanda and Hazel stand 24cm tall without their accessories.

If you’re hearing about this event for the first time, the AmigurumiPatterns.net Ami-Along is a fun monthly event where a large group of crocheters work on the same amigurumi project during a limited time, share photos of their work in progress and their finished amigurumi, ask questions and find inspiration in what others are making. During the event, the designer of the project will also be available for advice and some friendly chitchat. You can join the Ami-Along here.

Oh, by the way, if you’re wondering about Wanda and Hazel’s costume choice, I have the scoop for you.

Little Wanda has been dressing up as a witch for Halloween for as long as she can remember. But this year she wants to dress up as a vampire bat because bats are cool and they don’t need a broom to fly.

Her bestie Hazel, on the other hand, will be trick-or-treating as a cat because she loves singing and dancing and is a huge fan of the musical named after these felines.

The Halloween Kids is an intermediate level pattern. However, the pattern contains additional instructions on how to make some not-so-basic stitches, like the 4-dc bobble stitch and back post crochet stitch. It also contains over 30 step-by-step photos to help you through the difficult bits.

Though the pattern calls for sock weight yarn, you can use any yarn that’s already in your stash. Just make sure you adjust the hook size[s] accordingly. And there is absolutely no need to stick to the yarn colors recommended in the pattern. Feel free to experiment with colors—and have fun!

I’ll be looking forward to see your Wanda/Hazel over at the Ami-Along.

Update [November 13, 2019]: The pattern is now available for download at my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

Baby Phoenix

What does Marvel Comics and this blog post have in common? I can give you a hint if you want. It can rise from the dead and fly. Quick, anyone? No? Alright then—ahem!—“Behold, the Phoenix!” [To be read in Alan Rickman’s voice, à la the Metatron in Dogma] 😁

Baby Phoenix is the first bird amigurumi I’ve designed. Yes, you read that right. And why not! After all, no bird [at least from the mythological variety] has captured our imagination the way this fiery bundle of feathers has. So if you’re feeling inspired to make a phoenix yourself, all you need to do is grab your yarn, hook, and this pattern.

This little magical baby bird will make a perfect gift for mythology buffs, fantasy fans, and lovers of all things kawaii. Easy to make, this project requires small amounts of yarn and can be completed in a couple of evenings [or an evening if you are a fast crocheter!].

The amigurumi pattern for Baby Phoenix is available in my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

P.S. Thanks to these amazing ladies for testing this pattern: Mia [check out her Etsy store for awesome crocheted goodies!], Fiona McQueen, Veronique Flawine, Crystal Thompson, Jessica Sherman, Reina A and Amifan. I’m so grateful for this bunch!

50% Off on New Pattern

To celebrate the release of “Violet, the Pom Pom Girl” as a single pattern on my Ravelry shop, I’m offering a 50% discount on her pattern. Use the code TWISTED50 during checkout and grab this pattern for just $3! This introductory offer is valid only till July 4, 2019, 23:59 Pacific Time. Get the pattern here.

How to use the coupon code on Ravelry:

1. Add the pattern to cart. Click “Use a Coupon Code”.

2. Type TWISTED50 in the box and click “Apply”

3. The cart will show a 50% deduction on your total amount. Click “Checkout Now” to make the purchase at the introductory price of $3.

Happy Hookin’! ❤️

Good Omens Amigurumi

Guess who had a fun photoshoot with these two angels [one slightly Fallen and slithery]! 😄Folks, say hi to Aziraphale and Crowley, the delightful angel and demon frenemies from Good Omens.

For those who have not [yet] read the book or watched the television mini-series, Good Omens—by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett—is the story of an angel and a demon who join forces to avert the apocalypse, merrily bungling all the way to Armageddon. Needless to say, I binge-watched the show as soon as it was released on Prime Video and then started devising ways to turn the oddball pair into amigurumi.

Michael Sheen portrays the angel Aziraphale in Good Omens
David Tennant is Crowley, the charming Bentley-driving demon

As I was telling my amigurumi and book-loving friend Crystal yesterday, this fan art was a labor of love that turned a bit more laborious than I anticipated. I was dealing with wires, glittery tulle and tiny body parts that had to be made with black [yikes!] yarn. Oh, and imagine embroidering eyes with sewing threads [seriously!] because I had no embroidery floss lying around. All this while “Best of Queen” was playing in a loop in the background because I wanted to keep things authentic. 😉

Nevertheless, I persisted and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t be prouder of the result. So you’ll have to excuse me while I bombard you with more pictures of the duo.

I hope you enjoyed going through this slightly image-heavy post as much as I enjoyed the photoshoot with these two. 🤪

Love,

Violet, the Pom Pom Girl

Got leftover yarn? Why not use them to hook up this easy to make sweet little amigurumi girl!

I’m super excited to let you know that Violet’s pattern is now available in the May issue of Happily Hooked Magazine.

When I started working on Violet, I had rainbows in mind. So I thought I’d use all seven colors of the rainbow—and only these colors—to design this girl. The plan hit a snag when I couldn’t find indigo yarn and I wasn’t too keen on giving her an orange skin. 😉But hey, the design still has violet, blue, green, yellow and red in it, right!

Violet stands 24 cm tall when made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm crochet hook. Oh, and she can stand on her own without any support. Isn’t that so cool!

If you want to make this sweet little girl, you can get a copy of the May issue of Happily Hooked Magazine on their website or on Ravelry.

Edit [July 3, 2019]: Violet is also available as a single pattern in my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

P.S. Thanks so much to these awesome crochet ninjas for testing Violet’s pattern: Mia Svensson, Véronique Flawine, Crystal Thompson, Jessica Sherman & Kate Erbach.