Happy V-day everyone! And hello everyone…sorry for being dormant for so long on this blog. I do intend to blog more this year, I swear!
Does anyone remember having to exchange Valentines in school for Valentine’s day, and decorating a box to hold all those precious Valentine cards? I don’t know about everyone else, but it’s been quite a long time since elementary school for me! So when my coworkers decided to exchange Valentines this year with decorated boxes, I was a little hesitant to join in. Everything I’ve made as a kid for school, like shoe boxes for book reports or Valentine boxes, were never noteworthy. So naturally, this was my initial fear as an adult as well. But once I realized I could try to crochet my Valentine box…I became excited!
Here is what I ended up making:
Valentine’s day box 1
I used a tissue box as my container. I crocheted rectangular panels for each side and sewed them together at the edges. For the top of the box, I crocheted four small rectangular pieces and sewed them together at the edges to allow for the hole in the center. I then crocheted different sizes of hearts and sewed each piece onto the box wherever I felt like a heart was needed. The heart pattern I used was from PlanetJune’s Craft Blog, here. It’s a great pattern, very easy to follow and very nice results!
Valentine’s day box 2
Valentine’s day box 3
Valentine’s day box 4
Valentine’s day box 5
Valentine’s day box 6
Valentine’s day box 7
And then, while I was at it, I thought why not just crochet all my Valentines too? People thought I was being ambitious by doing that, but in actuality, I was just being lazy. I just didn’t want to drive to the store to buy them…because, you know, it’s so out of the way from my usual route back home from work to drop by Target or some other store where they sell Valentines (and I would really rather just drive straight home after work)…I’m not even sure where to buy them actually. So yes, laziness, and also the thought of being able to keep your Valentine and use it as something useful were reasons why I decided to crochet them.
It was easy to crochet the Valentine charms too, I just crocheted one small heart and one medium sized heart and stacked them. I had my sister hot glue gun them together, and then I attached a red yarn to the heart so people could hang it wherever they like in their cube. Since there’s 20 people on my team, I had to crochet 40 hearts total…that’s a lot. I got tired midway, after crocheting about 10 hearts and thought, what did I get myself into? My coworkers were right, I was being way too ambitious. But then, I had no choice because it was too late at night for me to go to the store to buy real Valentine cards! So, I just continued on…
Here’s a pic of all the hearts after I finished crocheting them all:
Don’t they look so nice all together?? So many hearts! After I finished, I wanted to keep them all to myself, just because they looked so nice together. These 20 Valentine charms took me from 8 pm until 11:30 pm last night! My hands were so sore afterwards, I’d advise everyone not to procrastinate on crafting the day before a holiday…it can be quite stressful!
Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s day with your loved ones! Thanks for looking! <3
Posted February 13th, 2014 at 11:42pm (Comments: none)
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A little late, but happy new year everyone! Haven’t posted in a long time, huh?
Anyway, we’d like to bring everyone’s attention to a very talented 14 year old girl from the Netherlands. Even though we couldn’t sell our monkey amigurumi pattern (due to our contract with Interweave), this determined girl not only accepted this shortcoming with grace, but was also kind enough to email us a few photos of her work. She did all this without a pattern! Please take a gander at her hard work and determination~
Impressive for such a young girl and without a pattern too, right? Any of you interested in making the monkey amigurumi, please refer back to our post: monkey amigurumi pattern.
And of course we can’t forget the dolphin amiguurmi! Remember this? Here’s the free dolphin amigurumi pattern for those of you curious enough to want to try it on your own.
Thanks so much for visiting our blog and being so understanding of our situation! Please keep up the good work!!
Posted January 11th, 2014 at 5:49pm (Comments: none)
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My cousin in Taiwan recently had a baby boy in this lovely 2013 year of the snake, so in keeping with my Chinese traditions and customs, it was practically mandatory that I crochet a baby snake amigurumi for my new nephew!!
Aren’t they just the cutest pair ever?! I was actually not totally satisfied with my baby snake amigurumi when I finished it. I think it was mostly because the snake was so plain, just one solid color, and just one loooooong piece of…you know what haha. I was even whirling it in the air like a lasso as if I were a cowboy for a little bit…just because I can…(you know you wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation either if it were you!).
So my cousin sent me a series of pictures of my nephew with the snake amigurumi, and I imagine it happened in this sequence.
First, she placed the snake in his arms while he was sleeping, so as not to frighten him right off the bat with a snake! Here he is, opening his eyes gingerly only to find…a snake in his arms staring back at him?
“Zzzzz….<snort>…Huh, what’s this creature, Mom??”
“A snake?! Ewwww, get it away from me!”
“Say whaaaaat? I’m a snake too??”
“You think it looks like me? And you say he’s my new friend?”
“Hmm, I guess you’re right…I could use a new friend. AND it’s a snake just like me. Why didn’t you say so sooner!”
“Come here and gimme a hug, my friend! This isn’t as bad as I originally thought.”
“I guess I do like my new snake friend after all. Thanks Auntie! :)”
…At least, that’s how I hope the introduction of my baby snake amigurumi went with my nephew. This is going to be his first impression of me as his aunt for a while, until I can find time to go visit him in Taiwan. I would like to think that I haven’t terrorized him without having even met him in person!
So, to keep the snake from looking like a long tapeworm, I had to twist it like a pretzel and sew it in place to keep some shape. I imagine you could shape it any way you like, but it does take a few stitches to make sure the shape keeps fastened in place. I probably could have made it longer too, but took the advice of my sewing machine sister that if I went any longer it’d end up looking too serpentine and scary for a little baby haha. I also skipped out on giving it pink cheekies, because we wanted to make sure it was babyproof. The yarn we used is also one of those baby soft kinds that are thick and super soft.
It was also kinda funny that my sewing machine sister, who also happens to be a snake, wanted to keep the baby snake amigurumi for herself! I guess for a snake, I did a pretty good job of cute-ifying it for even my sister to like it! Hope all you other snakes out there enjoy it too! :D Happy snake year to everyone!!
Posted September 15th, 2013 at 7:20pm (Comments: none)
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Recently, our brother, the website manager/promoter of Cute Amigurumi, recently got married…and of course we couldn’t help but make some wedding bear amigurumi for his wedding!!
It was a beautiful and unique wedding with a theme, inspired by the opening scene of the movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” where Indy wears a white tux and a red carnation in his pocket, and Willie comes out as a singer in a nightclub dressed in a qipao (Chinese traditional dress). My brother even encouraged all the lady guests to wear qipao and all the gentlemen to wear bowties. So, that explains the garb our wedding bears amigurumi have haha!
So let’s start off looking at the bride wedding bear amigurumi (of course, because weddings are all about the bride, duh!). We used a special fuzzier yarn from Joann called “Beautiful Sensations”, I think, that is super soft and hides the stitches well because of all the hair on the yarn. It also made the stitches harder to see, but once you’ve crocheted enough to watch TV while crocheting with no problem, this is actually a cinch! And seriously, even if you miscount and are off a stitch or two, who can tell anyways.
What we did to make this bride wedding bear amigurumi match the theme of our brother’s wedding was give it a qipao belly, rather than the usual felt belly piece. My mom used to sew qipao tops for us when we were younger, and you can even see some of her finished products at her blog here! We had lots of qipao cloths to choose from, but this one had a pattern that matched our sister-in-law’s qipao very closely so we chose this one. My sewing, felt-cutting, stripes subcontractor sister then went about her usual task of doing menial, tedious duties by painstakingly gluing rhinestones along the edge of the belly piece. She also cut out and sewed together a veil, and proceeded to bling it up too!
She covered the entire veil. Very nice, yes, I agree. And then my mom did some Chinese knotting and made this super cute adornment to add to the top of the veil!
You can even flip up the veil and it looks super glamorous too!
You can take the veil off too! We’re getting real fancy here. And yes, this bride wedding bear amigurumi wears earrings!
Alright alright, let’s give the groom wedding bear amigurumi some spotlight. Isn’t he sooo handsome?! My sister first cut out felt pieces to make up the tux part, and then she cut up some white satin ribbon to cover the felt, so that the tux could have a nice sheen to it She added a black bowtie, some blingy buttons (can’t be outdone by the super blingy bride wedding bear amigurumi, right?!) and finished it off with a small red polymer clay rose in its pocket.
Oh! Here’s the groom wedding bear amigurumi standing at the altar, with the officiant, little gold Buddha figurine! He’s nervous, but definitely very excited.
Here she is, the bride wedding bear amigurumi! Don’t they look so cute already from the back at the altar?!
Deary beloved, we are gathered here today….zzzzz….What?! I’m not sleeping, I swear!! <wiping drool from the corners of my mouth> Haha jk :P
This is what the bug sitting on the cherry blossom branch sees at people’s wedding ceremonies. So romantic! <3 Makes me want to become a bug…almost.
Aww, so sweet, looking deeply into each other’s solid black safety eyes!
And now you may kiss the bride wedding bear amigurumi!
Yay! They’re married, and now called Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Bears Amigurumi! Look at the groom wedding bear amigurumi leading his bride away from the altar like he owns the world now. But who can blame him? And now time for some glamour shots!
Those origami flower bouquets were my brother’s actual centerpieces at his wedding. We all pitched in to fold some of them, and my sister, being the neat freak that she is, was able to arrange them so professionally and aesthetically into an awesome-looking bouquet. Those bouquets were definitely a nice touch to the wedding. Sorry for all the pictures btw, but as is customary of any wedding, there has to be a ton of pictures!! It’s a once in a lifetime thing after all.
Instead of riding away on a carriage, these wedding bears amigurumi will just sit snugly in this luscious basket of silk roses. Congrats to my brother, the awesome website manager/promoter, and my sister-in-law! I know this blog wouldn’t even exist without all your dedication and help. I’m sorry for not posting as often as I should, but I just want you to know I really appreciate everything you’ve put into this blog for me. I never would have thought that our facebook fanpage could ever reach 1,000 fans, but we have (and btw, there will be a special promotion for this awesome milestone so please keep posted)! There’s no way I could’ve done this without you. Wishing you both, and any other newlywed couples out there during this wedding season, the best things in life filled with lots of love and happiness!!
Ever wonder what a smart monkey amigurumi would look like? Well, here it is!
I know, I know, I’ll bet you’re thinking, “Just how many monkeys can you do?!” I promise, this will be one of the last variations we make. Believe it or not, even we tire of seeing these monkey amigurumis everywhere too!
So what makes this smart monkey amigurumi smart? You guessed it, the glasses! My amazing felt-cutter sister spent a long time cutting out these frames. I think she cut out at least 3 different versions of these frames. Some were more symmetrical than others, and the pair glued to this smart monkey amigurumi’s face just so happened to be the most symmetrical pair that fit the best on its face. We were starting to feel like stylists, picking out which set of frames suited our smart monkey amigurumi’s face the best! Doesn’t that just sound so silly…because it is!!
What exactly inspired the idea of a smart monkey amigurumi? Well, it was my manager’s birthday coming up, and he’s been a big supporter of my hobby since I started working there about a year ago. He once joked that it would be neat if I made a monkey amigurumi version of him. Of course I thought, “What an ingenious idea! I should make one for his birthday.” I actually haven’t tried making a customized amigurumi according to a real person. Just the thought of doing something like that seemed like a lot of fun.
So since my manager’s favorite color is green, my sister cut out a nice green vest for the monkey. She also added a black tie to give the smart monkey amigurumi a “sharp” and “handsome” look. And to top it all off, I added a little felt kindle, and glued it to the smart monkey amigurumi’s hand. My manager is known to walk around reading things from his kindle, so it was definitely a necessary accessory for this smart monkey amigurumi to have! And of course, we can’t forget the pink cheekies to give it that cute look!
Here is the smart monkey amigurumi posing next to my manager’s watermelon birthday cake. My coworkers actually cut out and assembled that cake themselves, so professional! One would have thought they ordered it from Edible Arrangements. Such talented people on my team!
So, final verdict, does the smart monkey amigurumi resemble my manager accurately?! I think so! It was a lot of fun putting this one together. Making amigurumi caricatures of real people you know is actually a lot of fun. I would highly recommend doing amigurumi caricatures to anyone!! XD Thanks for looking! And happy birthday to Samigurumi! ;D
Posted June 28th, 2013 at 8:13pm (Comments: none)
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