My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Cute

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. icon smile Cute

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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.[1] Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features,[2] 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.

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I’ve picked out my favorites from each category. In the Critters section, I love this little turtle:

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For Food, how about a slice of kiwi fruit?

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Or perhaps some grapes from the “Growing Things” section?

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Under “Seasons,” I love the nest complete with wee eggs!

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The eggs are stuffed, so they do qualify as amigurumi!

And in “Toys, Tools, Transportation” a fleet of baby carriages:

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In “Home,” A seriously cute vintage tv set, complete with rabbit ear antenna:

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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?

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am eastern time on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. We will select a winner via the Random Number Generator at that time.

Speaking of Cute

We have here a completed bunny.

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I used some lovely bunny-colored Cormo wool left over from another project.

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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!

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Furminator!

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.

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Comments

  1. If I lived near you I would be Loki’s stalker :)

  2. What can I say – cute! My daughter Robyn would love the nest and eggs, especially if I rendered the eggs in “Robins egg blue”.

    My 8-yr-old grandson loves minis, and his favorite is a computer with its own mouse.
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  3. I LOVE the bunny!!! And Loki looks quite the studly floofball.

  4. Rhoda Besecker says:

    The grape motif looks great for a doggy sweater I am planning for the Japanese Chin who helps my local wine merchant mind his shop.

  5. I love that kiwi fruit!

  6. Me please!

  7. How cute! Looks like a fun book

  8. MaryEllen says:

    I don’t crochet a lot, but I do know how, and I do like it! This book is …. cute!!

  9. The book looks like fun; especially the eggs in the basket. I love your bunny! Soooo cute!!! Loki looks magnificent as always!

  10. celestine Getty says:

    Cute book. Thanks for a chance to win.

  11. What an adorable bunny you made! I want to try that crochet turtle from the book.

  12. I love the bunny! and you are so luck Loki likes to be groomed, I have 3 and it is a bit of a chore as 2 of them do not appreciate a good grooming.

    I am about to start teaching crochet and this book looks like it might have some nice easy projects.

  13. How adorable, I would love a copy.
    The bunny is amazing, and Loki looks so regal.

  14. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    LunaKitty has been shedding like a little demon! Every time I pet her, a cloud of fur flies into the air.

  15. margaret says:

    finally learned how to properly use my Furminator after a gajillion years of owning one, and both my girls find the process to be fairly enjoyable!

  16. Angela Econ says:

    Looks like a fun book! A also love your bunny! Very cute!!!

  17. Cute book! And of course lovely kitty, as always!
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..For the record friday

  18. I love the grapes and the kiwi…they look like such cute/fun projects.

    Your cat is so adorable!

    Susan

  19. This looks like a fun book. Thanks for the give a way. I hope I win.

  20. I am knitting that same bunny. I was gifted a couple of balls of mystery yarn that looks like a mohair so I thought it would be perfect for him.

    Judy

  21. Eileen Bunn says:

    I’d like to be entered in the drawing but LOVE the bunny.

  22. Looks like a cute book. I’m just getting interested in amigurumi. There are sure some cute things to make.

  23. All those crochet projects are in the “very cute” category!
    And I have a furminator for my guys! It works very well, but only one or two of my darling kitties will sit still long enough for me to run the comb through their coats!

  24. I think those projects could get my partner to take up crochet — he loves cute little things!

  25. Great looking book!

  26. Love the tv

  27. I’ll try for this book – cute stuff.

  28. I know I am late to the party – and as cute as it is, if my name comes up, please draw again – but I didn’t care for the furminator, probably the only one I know who didn’t like it. I use a rake type comb that my sister uses on her Australian Shepard dogs. It pulls out the undercoat mostly, and of course, top hairs that are on the way out. I use that on my Freddie cat, who is a short hair (and have used in on long haired cats too) but has a very thick coat and at about 15 years of age is not that able to groom his rump and could care less about most of the rest of himself. Loving me the Loki pic, thanks!!

  29. Very cute. So which cutie will you be taking on?

  30. Patricia says:

    I would love to win the book, lots of cute things. Your bunny is so sweet and Loki goes without saying!

  31. While my skills at crocheting are entry level at best I would still like to get a chance at this book to really challenge myself.

    I also use the fulminator on my Malamute who is also blowing. I feel your pain with all the fur.

  32. Such cute little things I would love to win this book. I love crocheting Amigurumi for my 4 year old son. :) He has a long list of things he wants me to make. Thanks for offering it in a giveaway!

  33. What a super cute book. My sister would love it!

  34. What a wonderful little book, I love the nest egg! Your bunny is adorable!

  35. Sadly my bunny got frogged. I did not have enough yarn. I will do him again but I doubt he is done by Easter. He would have been so cute. Yours is adorable.

    Judy.

  36. Happy Birthday Loki!

    From Deborah and Louis her tabby.

  37. It looks like a fun book to have.