VOTE FOR TOTO!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Toto, my entry for this year’s amigurumi design contest hosted by Amigurumipatterns.net. Since this year’s design theme is “celebration”, I decided to showcase Kukkur Tihar [Day of the Dogs] celebrated by the people of Nepal and the Nepali-speaking populace in Sikkim and the Darjeeling hills in India.

Nepali folks, who practice Hinduism, believe that dogs lead the deceased across the river of death in the underworld and help the souls of the dead reach heaven. So, on Kukkur Tihar—also spelled Kukur Tihar, dogs are worshipped for their loyalty, service and companionship and offered garlands of marigold flowers, a tika [a ceremonial paint] on their foreheads, and special treats including sel roti, a special Nepali fried bread made of rice flour, sugar and spices [and probably a dash of magic because this bread is really delicious!]. Nepali policemen also hold a special event to worship and celebrate the canine members of their unit on this day. 🐶

The Day of the Dog falls on the second day of the five-day long Hindu festival called Tihar, the second biggest religious festival of the Nepali people celebrated around October/November.

If you think this amazing festival dedicated to our canine friends deserves a spotlight in the world’s biggest amigurumi platform, could you please spare a moment to vote for cute little Toto using the link below.

VOTE FOR TOTO

Thank you! 😊

The Fantastic Twins

Say hello to the Fantastic Twins! Twin No. 1 thinks black nail polish is the ultimate form of self-expression, Twin No. 2 loves colors & K-Pop! So what do they have in common? Like most teenagers, they are obsessed with posting a variety of content on social media, ranging from selfies to pop culture to human & animal rights!

Both twins are made from the same base pattern. This pattern shows you how to create two separate looks using different color schemes, hairstyles and accessories.

You’ll also learn how to make a movable amigurumi head; and how to use small pieces of wire to make poseable arms and removable earmuffs. If you’re making this for children, don’t worry, the pattern also gives you an option to make a child-friendly doll without using wires.

The Fantastic Twins will make a great Holiday gift for amigurumi enthusiasts of all ages. You can simply follow the original colors used in this pattern or you could customize the colors to go with different seasons and festivals. You can even customize the doll to look like the person you’re making it for! Just let your imagination play. 🙂

Buy the pattern here.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

Delirium of The Endless

Our existence deforms the universe. That’s responsibility.” – Delirium, Issue 64 – The Kindly Ones, The Sandman

It was inevitable that after Dream of The Endless [read my previous post here], I’d turn my attention to his youngest sibling Delirium. Amidst a group of rather somber-looking siblings, Delirium is visually presented as an extravagantly colorful character, which can mean only one thing in the amigurumi world—FUN(!).

While I may or may not have spent a substantially large amount of time deciding on the look for Dream, I had my path laid out for me as far as making Delirium was concerned. For continuity, I knew I had to amigurumi-fy Delirium as a child—just like I’d made her brother. So I dug into Jill Thompson’s The Little Endless Storybook and this artwork by Brazilian artist Archiri Usagi for reference.

Normally, I prefer making the head of my amigurumi last [this way, I don’t spoil the surprise for myself by revealing the doll’s facial features and hairdo—to myself—too early! 😆]. But for Delirium, I had to flip my own rule on its head and start with the head first because if you can’t get her eyes and hair right, you might as well forget it.

So I made the head first. Then I spent the rest of the afternoon [and some part of the evening] embroidering French Knot stitches on the sides and back of her head and weaving specialty yarn onto the top. I wish I could say it was fun doing her hair like this but I’ll be honest—it was tedious! I can’t complain about the final look though. 😎

Have you ever been in a situation where you could swear that you have in your stash a particular craft supply that is super critical to your project, only to find out later [read ‘near the completion stage’] that you were wrong? True story! 😫 I had decided to give Delirium a pair of fishnet stockings and I was confident I had black tulle with me. When the time came to give her the stockings, I found out I have quite a few rolls of tulle in varied colors and none of them are black! 😖

Since we are in lockdown v2 with only essential services operating—and tulle unfortunately doesn’t fall under the “essential goods” category, there’s no way I could buy it. So I chopped the leg off a new [but, thankfully, super cheap] pantyhose and sewed a pair of stockings for this little darling. And since I had spent about an hour just sewing the seams of her mini pantyhose, I HAD to take a photo of Delirium doing a Marilyn Monroe-esque pose to show off my hard work. 😋

I hope you like my yarny interpretation of Delirium and also enjoyed reading about how she was made. 🙂

Until next time!

I hope you stay safe and healthy. ❤️

DREAM OF THE ENDLESS

The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman has been one of my favorite comic books. So when Audible released its dramatized audiobook version in July, I started obsessing over this series again. 🤓 I listened to the audiobook—James McAvoy as Dream/Morpheus is an absolute dream by the way , reread the original Gaiman series and its prequel Overture [still not finished as there are 10 volumes, collecting issues 1-75], and then I brought out my hook and yarn to amigurumi-fy the Lord of Dreams.

Then I hit a roadblock: should I stay true to Dream’s portrayal in the comic books and make him tall and deathly thin or should I stick to the amigurumi principle of cuteness and make him chubby and adorable?

While I was debating this, I came across this book written and illustrated by Jill Thompson where the seven Endless siblings are reimagined as toddlers. And Thompson’s illustrations more or less decided the look for me.

Next came Dream’s cape and his power sources. For the former, I decided to go with the flaming cape based on this image [see below] from The Sandman: Overture, which is a prequel to Gaiman’s The Sandman series.

I crocheted a plain black robe and then cross-stitched the flames along the hem.

Figuring out how to make the helm was a bit challenging but this page from The Sandman: Overture worked as an excellent guide.

As for the dreamstone, I hooked up a tiny rectangular piece in red and glued flat-back rhinestones on it. Easy peasy! 😁

The sand pouch was super easy to make; an oval base and around 14 rounds of single crochet stitch was all it took to make this magical object. 😆

I hope you enjoyed this little peek behind the scenes of how Morpheus / Dream of the Endless was turned into an amigurumi. Guess which one of the Endless will be amigurumi-fied next? 🙃

Bestie Bee Baby

Meet the fourth Bestie, the Bee Baby! Since we’re having so much fun with the three Besties over at AmigurumiPatterns Ami-Along, we decided to surprise you with one more little friend to add to your Besties collection. Participants of the Ami-Along can download this Bestie Bee Baby pattern from the “Pattern Add-On” thread in the forum. What’s more, by making this Bestie Bee Baby, you also stand a chance to win a package of 50 Colors Must-Have Mini Yarn by Yarn and Colors! 🏆🎁🧶

The Bee Baby is based on one of my closest friends, Jarina. We went from being arch nemesis in primary school to hanging out together in college. The “bee” costume alludes to a private joke, which I won’t be sharing here. Because I value my life. Very much. 🤪 Just know that it’s a very funny joke. Very very funny. 😋

We still have 23 more days to go before this Ami-Along concludes. So if you want to join us and make some Besties, you can sign up here.

Stay home, stay safe, stay crafty. ❤️

Besties Forever Ami-Along

We all love our friends, right? Some of us have friends we have known since our childhood, some we met along the way as we navigated our way through adulthood. Old friends or new, they have all enriched our lives in some way. But with the lockdown imposed in so many countries around the world, many of us haven’t been able to see our friends, at least not physically.

So, to tell our friends how much we love and value them, we are having an Ami-Along at AmigurumiPatterns.net where we will bring out our hooks and yarn—those two magical ingredients!—and make cute amigurumi versions of our besties. Once we finish making our amigurumi Besties, we can surprise our friends with their amigurumi lookalikes (but please meet them only after the lockdown is lifted!). If this sounds like a fun idea, you can head over to AmigurumiPatterns.net and sign up for this month’s Ami-Along, which will run from April 8 to May 13.

Over the course of the next five weeks, we will use this base pattern to create three separate looks. You can get creative and customize the color of their hair and costumes to make the ami resemble your bestie. By the way, did I tell you that the Besties are based on real people? Alright peeps, meet Agnes, Kavita (which means “poetry” in Nepali) & Pema (Tibetan for “lotus”). They have been my friends since first grade and helped me survive school, break-ups and life in general. And even though we are all currently based in different cities, we still keep in touch through text messages and meet whenever we happen to be in the same city. So, in a nutshell, this month’s Ami-Along is an ode to friendship.

As a part of this fun crocheting event, AmigurumiPatterns will also be giving away tons of prizes, ranging from amigurumi paperbacks and e-books to Yarns and Colors yarn packages and Clover crochet hook sets. How amazing is that! Also, for the duration of the Ami-Along, participants can grab my other patterns at a 30% discount.

Left to right: Kavita, Agnes, Pema

I hope you will come join us. You can click here to sign up.

Stay home, stay safe, stay crafty. ❤️

It’s Banana O’clock

You know it’s banana o’clock when crafters go crazy and challenge each other to post a craft photo with a banana in it. This slightly weird idea first struck our fellow designer Dendennis who not only posted stylized banana pics on his social media accounts, he also challenged others to do the same. The idea is to create a stylized craft photo and include a banana in it. 🍌

Another designer friend AmiFan slipped right into the challenge, banana peel and all, and then challenged me to participate. There was only one itty-bitty problem: there were no bananas at home (there were three left but I’d used them to bake a banana bread that very day)! When I used that bit of information to wiggle out of the challenge, AmiFan challenged me to be creative and figure out a way. So I did exactly that and created this little amigurumi Banana Boy—which I’m posting here as a free pattern—and bam! I had a banana for the challenge. 😎

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If you’re going bananas because of social distancing and want to join the banana wagon, take a picture of your craft alongside a banana and post it using the hashtag #craftandabanana (how bananas it this hashtag!). 🤪And in case you have run out of bananas, I guess you can bend the rules a little bit and substitute it with this little Banana Boy.

Stay home, stay safe, stay crafty.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

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! ❤