Maiya, the Sweet Little Naughty Girl

Namaste! Greetings from Kathmandu.  Please let me introduce myself. My name is Maiya [my-YA]and it means “little girl” in Nepali. I’m 5.5 inch tall, which makes me the smallest human amigurumi ever to make an appearance on this blog. Yay!

Namaste! Greetings from Kathmandu.
Please let me introduce myself. My name is Maiya [my-YA]and it means “little girl” in Nepali. I’m 5.5 inch tall, which makes me the smallest human amigurumi ever to make an appearance on this blog. Yay!

Looking at me you’ll never guess but I love doing silly stuff. Like jumping into a puddle (I have to make sure it’s a really tiny one though or I’ll drown). Or whirling around and around till I get dizzy and go bumping around stuff (and at 5.5”, it’s easy to be knocked out by something as harmless as a table lamp!).

Looking at me you’d never guess but I love doing silly stuff. Like jumping into a puddle (I have to make sure it’s a really tiny one though or I’ll drown) or whirling around and around till I get dizzy and go bumping around stuff (and at 5.5”, it’s easy to be knocked out by something as harmless as a table lamp!).

I don’t like staying indoors all day. So last night when mom promised me she’d take me for a walk around the Durbar Square [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patan_Durbar_Square], I was thrilled beyond words. But then she cancelled our plans this morning, saying she had to blog, that she had to take my photos and post them here because YOU were waiting to see me! That’s why when she asked me to smile for the camera, I gave her my best crybaby look. Ha! Tit for tat!

I don’t like staying indoors all day. So when mom promised she’d take me for a walk around the Durbar Square, I was thrilled to bits. But then she cancelled our plans, saying she had to blog, that she had to take my photos and post them here because YOU were waiting to see me! That’s why when she asked me to smile for the camera, I gave her my best crybaby look. Ha! Tit for tat!

Hello friends! I believe you’ve already met Maiya, the sweet little, naughty girl. Not only is she my first design of the year, she is also the smallest human amigurumi I have made till date. And guess what, her free pattern is now ready to be downloaded. :)

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By the way, I forgot to mention this in the instructions but if you want a bit of color on her cheeks, you can lightly apply rouge using your finger tip. Alright then, have fun with Maiya. She’s cheeky but she’s lovely too. :D

 


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.

Papa Bear, Mama Bear & Baby Bear

Papa Bear, Mama Bear & Baby BearBaby Bear is having his first birthday party today and all his friends are coming. Look at that cake! Doesn’t it look yummy? Papa and Mama Bear stayed up all night to bake it. Now Baby Bear can’t wait to eat it. Oh, why won’t his friends would hurry up and come over already! Papa Bear, Mama Bear & Baby BearThis cute little Polar Bear family is my entry for the second amigurumi design contest hosted by AmigurumiPatterns.net. Do you like them? I hope you do because I’ll need your votes if I’m to win this contest, which I so badly want to! :D Papa Bear, Mama Bear & Baby BearAs you must have guessed already, the theme this time is “Parent and Baby Animals” and the entries page is filled with super adorable creations by over 100 designers. :) Now it’s up to you to choose the winners by voting for your five favorite entries. I hope you’ll like Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear enough to vote for them. :D Papa Bear, Mama Bear & Baby BearCLICK HERE TO GO TO THE VOTING PAGE

Voting is on from now till January 9, 2015.

Thank you! :)

UPDATE [January 5, 2015]: Some of you suggested that I need to add a “How to Vote” section here since quite a few of the votes cast yesterday went unregistered. :(

So how did that happen? Some of you wanted me to win so badly, you ‘voted’ only for my design (you guys are so sweet!)! But for your vote to qualify, you need to select five of your favorite designs. Only then are your votes registered.

So, this is how you vote:
1. Click on the heart button on 5 of your favorite designs. Like I said earlier, you need to select 5 designs; any less and your vote will not qualify.

2. On the pop-up screen, enter your name and email address and click on the Submit button.

That’s it. Easy peasy! :D

Funky Donkey

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!

funky-donkey-back-Tales-of-Twisted-FibersDOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN

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

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

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.

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

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

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

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