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? 😀

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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To download the pattern in DUTCH, translated by our fellow crocheter Jeannette Kemp, click here.
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.

 

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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? 😀

Batman Amigurumi Free Pattern

Free Batman Amigurumi Pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersI made a promise on the grave of my parents that I would rid this city of the evil that took their lives. By day, I am Bruce Wayne, billionaire philanthropist. At night, criminals, a cowardly and superstitious lot, call me… Batman.” – Hush, Chapter 12: The End | story: Jeph Loeb | art: Jim Lee

Well, you know what! Batman dropped by my place today and he said to tell you he says hi! I was expecting to him to be a lot bigger and well, you know, muscular but the fella turned out to be just a little over 6.5 inches tall! And slightly rounder around the tum! Well, Christopher Nolan, you lied—Batman doesn’t look like Christian Bale at all!

Batman Amigurumi by Tales of Twisted Fibers

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If you liked this free amigurumi pattern, would you please consider making a small donation to an organization that works for animal welfare in Nepal?

Animal Nepal is a not for profit, animal welfare and rights organization. It runs two sanctuaries for homeless and injured animals as well as abused 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.

Thanks for caring. I hope you enjoy making this little Dark Knight! 😀


UPDATE [December 30, 2014]: How to Join Batman’s Legs

Some of you told me the instructions for joining Batman’s legs are a bit fuzzy. [Insert sound of my heart breaking here]. So I’ll try and explain it a bit differently with a sample photograph.   join-legs--Tales of Twisted Fibers

Hold both legs together. Make sure the shoes face away from you. With the ‘working’ piece on the right and the second leg on the left, find and mark the stitch on the second (left) leg that would be the middle of the left inner thigh. Insert hook in this stitch and make an sc. Now sc in the remaining 14 stitches of the left leg. Next, sc in all 15 stitches on the right leg. This joins your amigurumi’s legs. The combined stitch count of the joined legs should be 30 (15 stitches per leg).

I hope this makes the instructions clear(er). 😀

Mr. Mojo Risin’

Mister Mojo Amigurumi DesignI never thought I’d have to put up a parental advisory warning on my blog. But there it is, slapped right on top of that photograph. So if you are not supposed to walk into a liquor store and buy yourself a six-pack, you’re not supposed to read this post either. Sorry, but that’s how it goes. Well, as for the rest of us grownups, I guess we can all handle a bit of ‘explicit content’ involving an amigurumi dude and his amigurumi spliff 😉

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for Mister Mojo, a storyteller par excellence and a connoisseur of erm… herbs! Mister Mojo Amigurumi Design Mister Mojo can’t remember the last time he washed his hair. Or his shirt. Or his Bermuda shorts. What he cannot forget though are the ghost stories his dad told him when he was just a child. Though I doubt his dad won any ‘Father of the Year Award’, the old fella sure did turn a young Mojo’s head into a repertory of creepy stories.  Mister Mojo Amigurumi Design That’s why every time Mister Mojo lights up one, he gets into a storyteller mode, getting more and more animated as the bone-chilling story progresses. And you know what, he manages to scare the crap out of everyone, every single time. So if you see this dude with a smoking herb stick, hide your children mommies and daddies—or they will be scar(r)ed for life! Mister Mojo Amigurumi DesignP.S. This amigurumi was made for P, the wonderful guy I happen to be married to 🙂

P.P.S. Yes, he loved it 😀

Bitsy, the baby in a Donkey Suit

??????????Bitsy, the baby in a Donkey Suit?????????????????Here she is, as promised. Baby Bitsy in a donkey suit! But before we get to the free pattern, there’s something I want to share first. Regular visitors to this blog already know I never give up on an opportunity to tell a story based on my amigurumi characters; today’s not going to be any different 😛Bitsy, the baby in a Donkey SuitThe idea to give this baby a donkey suit came to me after reading a few news articles on the “Brick Donkeys” of Nepal. Unlike this sweet little amigurumi baby in its pretty jumpsuit, what I’m about to tell you today is not pretty. It’s either going to jolt you into action or swear you off this blog permanently.

The brick factories in Kathmandu employ some 1500 donkeys and mules. In a country without any laws governing the welfare of animals, the abuse is rampant. Each animal is made to carry 3,000 to 5,000 raw mud bricks a day to and from the furnace. The animals are beaten relentlessly by their handlers. Pregnant donkeys work up to the day of delivery and are given only a few days to recover. These “brick donkeys” are underfed (most donkeys suffer from dehydration and malnutrition), overworked and exposed to serious hazard in the course of the work. A majority of them have open wounds. Some have wounds so severe that their spine and vertebrae are exposed (click here to see the condition of working equines in Nepal). Once the animals become too sick to work, they are left to die. In short, they are worked to death!

These are the brutalities working animals in Nepal have to face every day of their lives. From these horrible stories of animal abuse and torture was born Bitsy, the baby in a donkey suit.Bitsy, the baby in a Donkey SuitDOWNLOAD PATTERN

I hope Little Bitsy serves as a reminder to us all that only we can right the wrongs being inflicted on these voiceless creatures.

Animal Nepal, a not for profit organization working for animal rights, runs The Godavari Donkey Sanctuary, a rehabilitation center for the rescued, handicapped and sick working equines. This small, underfunded—yet fiercely committed—organization also runs another animal shelter where they treat, neuter/spay street dogs, provide them shelter, and help them find their forever home. Animal Nepal, which has been providing free treatment and sanctuary to sick and abandoned draft animals since its establishment in 2004, has also been advocating a day’s leave every week for the working animals and fighting for a ban on these “blood bricks”.

If you love my free pattern, please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal to help them in their mission.

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You can also help by signing this petition to urge the Government of Nepal to stop equine abuse, and force the brick industry to become responsible.

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Thank you so much for caring 🙂

UPDATE (April 03, 2014): Bitsy’s pattern is now available in Dutch, thanks to Amifan who translated the pattern. The pattern can be downloaded from her Ravelry page.

REVISION (February 21, 2014): The pattern has been revised. A few silly errors had managed to creep in, but thanks to CodyJunk who kindly pointed them out, they have been fixed 🙂

Legs/Body
Round 6: inc dec X 4, sc 10. (14)
Round 7: inc dec X 5, sc 4. (9)

Hoodie
Round 8-9: sc around. (38) (42)