I recently received a copy of a soon-to-be-published book (May 6, 2014), Cute Crochet World, by Suzann Thompson. This is a collection of crochet patterns for . . . a lot of cute stuff.
I guess this falls under the definition of amigurumi (which I looked up in wikipedia):
Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knittingor crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, andnuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.
The patterns in this book are for items that are not stuffed (at least for the most part), so I guess technically they are not amigurumi. But the wikipedia entry goes on to say that the pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. And that’s one thing this book has plenty of: cuteness!
The book is divided into six chapters: Critters; Food; Growing Things; Seasons; Toys, Tools, Transportation; and Home.
I’ve picked out my favorites from each category. In the Critters section, I love this little turtle:
For Food, how about a slice of kiwi fruit?
Or perhaps some grapes from the “Growing Things” section?
Under “Seasons,” I love the nest complete with wee eggs!
The eggs are stuffed, so they do qualify as amigurumi!
And in “Toys, Tools, Transportation” a fleet of baby carriages:
In “Home,” A seriously cute vintage tv set, complete with rabbit ear antenna:
I can see using these motifs to decorate gifts, hang on a Christmas tree, put together into a larger piece, the list goes on. The book offers some creative ideas for using your tiny masterpieces, both in a section at the beginning of the book and s tips included in each pattern. The patterns themselves look pretty clear and easy to follow. You can make the motifs from pretty much any weight of yarn — the instructions are generic — they do not specify a specific yarn.
Once again, Sixth & Spring Books, has generously offered me a second copy to give away in a blog contest. Who’d like it?
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Speaking of Cute
We have here a completed bunny.
I used some lovely bunny-colored Cormo wool left over from another project.
The tail is knit from a frou-frou floofy fun fur yarn I got in a mystery box. I can think of no better use for it than a bunny tail!
Thanks to those of you who recommended the Furminator for Loki’s grooming needs. I have a comb that works very well that he likes: the teeth move, so they don’t pull at his fur. But I went ahead and ordered a Furminator because he is right now blowing his coat for Spring and my world is currently covered with a fine coat of white cat hair.
It arrived a couple of days ago and we gave it a whirl. It did do a fabulous job of pulling out a great deal of loose fur, and Loki seemed to enjoy the process.