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.

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.

Stash bustin’ amigurumi teddy bear keychain

Long time! So this is sort of a ‘blast from the past’ post in which I revisit one of my earliest designs and give it a bit of a tweak.

I had written the pattern for these stash busting amigurumi teddy bear keychains back in 2013. Interestingly, I had picked up a crochet hook for the very first time only a year before that. Needless to say, despite being a very simple design, the pattern wasn’t very well written. 😁

So, this evening, I revised the pattern to make it easy to follow, and I hope you like the new revised version.

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

I’m not sure if anyone would want to have a look at the original post and pattern, but in case they do for some weird reason, they can find it here. 😉

Happy hookin’! ❤️

Say hello to my spirit animal

Back in July, when I had just finished making this Red Panda, I texted my mom to ask her if she wanted to name him. She texted me right back: “He looks like a Jojo”. So that’s basically how he got his name. 😋

But what prompted me to amigurumi-fy this “fire fox”? Reason #1: For starters, red pandas are super cute. So how could I not make an amigurumi red panda! 😍

Reason #2: The red panda is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas. So being in the same geographical region makes you a bit biased towards these little furballs, I guess. Also, since it enjoys eating bamboo shoots and hanging out in the trees all day, I guess that makes it my spirit animal since my idea of an ideal day comprises mostly of eating and sleeping.

Reason #3: This cutie is also the state animal of my home state, Sikkim, where it has an annual winter festival named after it. If you happen to be in the capital town of Gangtok during December-January, there’s a good chance you might bump into folks wearing red panda jumpsuits and masks! Sadly, in their own habitat, red panda numbers are dwindling due to deforestation. 😔

If you want to take a walk on the wild side and hang out with a red panda [without disturbing them or their habitat, of course], hook up a little Jojo for yourself. Or you can make one for the wildlife lover in your life. When made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm hook, Jojo stands 16cm tall [and 13.5cm when sitting].

You can buy the pattern here.

Before I sign off, here’s a candid photo of Jojo reading Animal Farm and looking slightly disturbed by the events unfolding in the book. 😉

Jojo, the Red Panda, was a part of the October ‘amigurumi special’ issue of Pattern Pack Pro by Happily Hooked Magazine.

 

Happy hookin’! ❤️

 

P.S. A huge shout out to Mia Svensson, Crystal Thompson, Véronique Flawine, Reina A., Fiona McQueen, Jessica Sherman, and Kate Erbach for being super awesome and helping me test Jojo’s pattern.