SHAKEN!

On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal—the country that I’ve made my home—causing widespread devastation. The quake, the worst to hit the country in over 80 years, has wiped out entire villages, and claimed over 5500 lives (this number is increasing by the hour), injured and paralyzed many, and rendered countless homeless. The United Nations estimates that over 8 million people have been affected.

Five days after the quake and we are still digging out a few lucky survivors from under the heap of rubble that is what’s left of Kathmandu now. Those whose houses have either been rendered uninhabitable or reduced to rubble are living out in the open. Food and clean drinking water is in short supply, creating panic among the people. The situation is much worse outside of the capital city.

Though emergency relief materials, including food, water, water purifiers, and medical supplies, are being sent to Nepal from all around the world, most of these are stuck in government warehouses yet to reach the people, thanks to our utterly incompetent government who’s interested more in following ‘protocols’ and ‘procedures’ than in helping its people during a time like this.

Frustrated by the government’s slow pace at mobilizing relief materials, several local youth have partnered with local and international non-government organizations to get the job done themselves. They are collecting funds to purchase medical supplies, food, water, tarps, sanitary products, blankets, clothes, and other essential commodities and taking these items to far flung areas where government relief materials have not yet reached.

Child Reach Nepal is one such organization that is working on the ground. This organization, along with local youth volunteers, were the first to reach Sindupalchok—a district north of Kathmandu that was totally devastated by the earthquake—to distribute emergency relief materials. However, due to the sheer number of affected people, these organizations need more funds to help those who urgently need temporary shelters, food, water, and medicines.

You can help Child Reach Nepal in its relief efforts by donating here.

Another organization that needs your support is Animal Nepal, which has been rescuing and treating animals affected by the earthquake. Some of their staff members have lost their homes. A couple more are yet unaccounted for. The organization’s donkey sanctuary has been partially destroyed by the quake. Yet this team has not stopped its efforts to help the animals who need our help more than ever.

You can give Animal Nepal a hand by donating here.

For a list of verified organizations that are currently engaged in emergency relief, go here.

And to thank you for donating to any of these organizations, I’m giving you a free amigurumi pattern for the little kid known as “the Naughty Boy”. It is one of my first patterns, designed back in 2013, which I hadn’t released earlier. Please note the pattern writing format is slightly different and the pattern is untested. So if you come across any errors, please be kind enough to let me know.

The Naughty Boy - a free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

The Naughty Boy - a free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersDOWNLOAD PATTERN

Before I wrap up this post, I want to thank everyone who emailed me inquiring about my safety. Even as I was going through your messages, the ground beneath me was shaking—there have been over 100 aftershocks, one of which was 6.9 in magnitude! In fact, there was another tremor a few minutes ago. But what I mean to say is your messages gave me so much strength. Thank you all so much. You guys are the best. A special shout out to Viviana Lores, Sakellaropoulou Theodora, Cynthia Rhodes, Amifan, and Ainara for being the first ones to reach out. I love you, guys. :D

Thank you for caring.

Serah

Happy Birthday, Cynthia!

Have I ever told you about a girl named Cynthia? If I haven’t, let me tell you, she’s the most beautiful person and the gentlest soul ever. Kind and patient, and loyal to a fault. Childlike wonder combined with the wisdom of a sage—that’s Cynthia for you. And guess what, her birthday is on Sunday, March 22! So, to celebrate my friend’s birthday, I’ve designed this little amigurumi bunny girl named Cynthia. Cynthia, the little bunny girlHappy Birthday, my dear Cynthia! I’m so glad the universe conspired to make sure our virtual paths crossed and we bumped into each other.

So any guesses on what Cynthia did on her birthday? She spent it with her best friend Maiya, exploring one of the old palace courtyards at the Patan Durbar Square. Cynthia, the little bunny girlThe girls wanted me to take a picture of them at Sundari Chowk, one of the main three courtyards of the palace at Patan (also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts), and I dared them to stand between these carved wooden figurines of maidens astride intertwined serpents below the wooden latticed doors. To say that the girls were terrified out of their socks is an understatement. ;)

Cynthia, the little bunny girl

Cynthia, the little bunny girlMaiya then announced a photo next to a wood carving of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, was in order. She quickly hopped on to the pedestal and dragged a slightly reluctant Cynthia along. I had to beg them to get out of there before they were caught monkeying around by the security guards.

Cynthia, the little bunny girlNext, Cynthia, the birthday girl, wanted to see Tusha Hiti, the ancient step-well that is guarded by mythical lions and serpents with jewels on their hoods. Here they are, trying to skirt their way around the scary lion to get a glimpse of the tank. Don’t the girls look scared silly? :D

Built in the 17th century, Tusha Hiti—with three tiers of exquisitely carved stone deities on its retaining walls—is the centerpiece of the Sundari Chowk, one of the main three courtyards of the palace at Patan.

Built in the 17th century, Tusha Hiti—with three tiers of exquisitely carved stone deities on its retaining walls—is the centerpiece of the Sundari Chowk, one of the main three courtyards of the palace at Patan.

This gilded bronze spout portraying an image of Laksmi-Narayan on Garud was installed in the tank a few years ago after the original was stolen.

This gilded bronze spout portraying an image of Laksmi-Narayan on Garud was installed in the tank a few years ago after the original was stolen.

Then we headed to the Bhandarkhal water tank, hailed as an “exquisite example of 17th century water architecture”. Located in the garden behind the palace, this tank was once the main water storage facility for the palace. Much to Cynthia’s dismay, the tank was dry! Cynthia, the little bunny girlSee how sad she looks.

Never the one to miss a photograph opportunity, Maiya handed me the camera and promptly hopped next to Cynthia. Cynthia, the little bunny girlIn this pic, the girls are standing behind the hind leg of one of the stone lions flanking the Bhandarkhal tank. Overlooking the tank is a meditation pavilion, a feature which fascinated Cynthia. Just as soon as she had started daydreaming about time travelling back to the 17th century when the palace was in its full glory, a very loud and boisterous Maiya announced she was famished and insisted we leave immediately for the nearest eatery. And that, ladies and gentlemen, ended our little Cynthia’s birthday trip to the old palace.

And now it’s time for Cynthia’s birthday party favors: a free pattern of little Cynthia! Cynthia, the little bunny girl

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Thanks for helping me celebrate Cynthia’s birthday. If you like, you can leave a birthday message for our birthday girl in the comments section below. I’m sure she will be thrilled to hear from you. :)

Cheers!


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.

 

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.

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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. ;)