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.

 

Trixie Jollybum, the Christmas Elf

Question time. Do you find the concept of “Christmas in July” weird? I used to think “July is too early—and too hot!—to plan for Christmas”. In fact, until last year, I used to start crafting for the holidays so late that some years Christmas decorations would not go up in our house until mid-December. And the late start would leave me too stressed and too tangled up in yarn to enjoy the holidays. But not this year! I’ve decided to learn from my mistakes and start Christmas crocheting early this time.

My first Christmas themed design of the year is Trixie Jollybum, the 100% cute and non-creepy Christmas elf. She stands 27cm tall without her hat when made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm hook.

Her hair is a combination of a wig, braids and embroidered fringe.

I’ve discovered that Trixie Jollybum looks great when you arrange her on the shelf with her stockinged legs dangling or stretched out in front of her. That can only mean one thing: I’ll be making a bunch of these elves—with slight variations in color—and stick them on every shelf around the house this Christmas.

If you, like me, are determined to start your Christmas crafting early, I have Trixie Jollybum’s pattern ready. The nine-page pattern has clear instructions on how to make this cute little elf and over 40 step by step photos to guide you through the slightly tricky bits.

You can buy the pattern in my Ravelry store.

Happy hookin’! ❤

 

Super Panda & Instagram Giveaway

“Hi! I’m Super Panda and you can meet me in the July issue of Happily Hooked Magazine. I’m 20.5 cm tall, very easy to make, and you will need only three colors to make me. Oh, and I can stand on my own without any support.”

UPDATE: October 7, 2018. The pattern is now available as a single download here.

You can subscribe to Happily Hooked Magazine here or grab this month’s issue on Ravelry to start working on your Super Panda.

If you’re feeling lucky, I have a giveaway going on at Instagram where you get a chance to win a one-year digital subscription to Happily Hooked Magazine*.

Just look for this post 👆on my Instagram feed to enter the giveaway. But hurry, the giveaway will end July 4.

Good luck & happy hookin’! ❤

*Please note that this is an Instagram-only giveaway and you’ll need an Instagram account to enter the giveaway.

Bè Bè Babies

Meet Bè Bè Babies. Aren’t they cute, especially with their “bobbly” heads! I love working with bobble stitch. I just love the way this stitch makes your work pop up. If you—like me—are a fan of this fun stitch, you’ll be happy to know that this stitch is the highlight of this pattern featured in the June issue of  Happily Hooked Magazine.

This month’s issue is all about “Super Textures”. The designers have used fun stitches like bobbles, puffs, cables, and clusters to create a lovely selection of garments, accessories and toys. I’m already in love with the Bobble Sweater on the cover. 😍 Also on the cover is one of my Bè Bè Babies [yay!]. He’s sitting on my desk right now, just next to the computer, and I am having a hard time resisting the urge to squish him. 😉

Just look at this little munchkin’s bobbly head, floppy ears and itty-bitty tail. And he comes with his own cute little backpack! Wouldn’t you like to squish him too?

If you want to make these Bè Bè Babies, you can grab the latest issue of Happily Hooked Magazine here or on Ravelry.

UPDATE: October 7, 2018. The pattern is now available as a single download here.

Have fun hookin’! ❤

 

P.S. Thanks to these lovely crocheters for testing this pattern: AmiFan, Mia Svensson, Fiona McQueen, Veronique Flawine, Viviana Lores & Monika Weber.

Ash Vs Evil Dead Amigurumi

Raise your hands if you were bummed out by Starz network’s decision to cancel Ash Vs Evil Dead after its third season. I, for one, was totally devastated. Starz, how could you! Sob, sob. Sniffle, sniffle. Bawl, bawl. Not groovy, not groovy at all.

Now that Bruce Campbell has also announced he’s hanging up his chainsaw for good, I felt the time was right for a yarny tribute to our chainsaw-handed hero Ash J. Williams—portrayed by the charismatic Bruce Campbell—who has been fighting the terrors of the evil dead since 1981. So, in a true Ash fashion, I avoided all deadlines and responsibilities for a week to create this 8.5 inch amigurumi version of “jefe” Ash Williams. And because I want an amigurumi army of Ash J. Williams to colonize this planet, I wrote a pattern for it too. To join me in my mission, download this free pattern by clicking on the link at the end of this post, make as many Ash Willaims as you can, and gift them to your Ash Vs Evil Dead-loving friends and family.

Yes, Jefe, we are working on it. It should be ready by the end of this post.

 

So, about the amigurumi. It’s an intermediate level pattern that requires very small amounts of yarn. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is, since the pattern has a lot of details, it requires a bit of sewing and embroidery skills, working with wires and wire cutters, and a whole lot of patience.

 

Look at that! This groovy dude has a detachable chainsaw…

…and wired arms, which means you can pose his arms at different angles and take super awesome photos like this. Oh, and the amigurumi can stand on its own without any support. Isn’t that sweet! Now download the free pattern, make your very own Ash Williams and save the world from the Deadites.

 

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

Happy hookin’! ❤

 

If you liked this free 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.

Wild Things Amigurumi Pins

I’m super excited to tell you that my Wild Things Amigurumi Pins is published in the December issue of Happily Hooked crochet magazine. The pattern includes a set of three* animal brooches that can be worn as a brooch, used as an embellishment on your tote bags, or it can even be easily converted into a cute keychain charm. This super quick and easy project requires very small amounts of yarn and you can make a bunch of these in a couple of hours.

*UPDATE: October 7, 2018. The pattern, which now contains instructions for making five animal pins, is also available as a single download here.

In fact, this month’s issue of Happily Hooked is full of quick, last minute gift ideas. From warm and pretty hats, scarves and blankets to cute amigurumi to tasteful home décor items, the issue contains a variety of delicious crochet projects that can be whipped up in an evening. If you—like me—enjoy quick and easy Holiday projects, you need to get this issue! 😁

What’s more, this month you can get 20% off the digital magazine subscription when you subscribe via my affiliate link below.

Click here to Subscribe to Happily Hooked Magazine.

Happy hookin’! ❤

 

P.S. Thanks to these wonderful ladies for testing this pattern: AmiFan, Monika Weber, Fiona McQueen, Veronique Flawine, Mia Svensson, & Viviana Lores. What would I do without you! 😘