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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)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Chinese zodiac
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. :P
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!! :D
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)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Food
Yes, we’ve beaten the dead horse with all of our monkey amigurumis–so now we’re moving on to rhinestone tiger amigurumi!! Yay~
We’ve been planning on making this rhinestone tiger amigurumi for a long time now. When we made our trip to Taiwan recently, we especially went to go buy ourselves multiple sheets of multiple-colored rhinestone sheet stickers. They’re supposed to be used to decorate the interior of your car, but who says you can’t use them on anything else? :)
I started gluing on the rhinestones one by one from the top of the head and worked my way all the way down. It was quite challenging since an amigurumi is not the flattest thing in the world to be gluing things on. I had to be very careful with the placement of the rhinestones too with all the stripey business going on. But it worked somehow! Or at least I forced it too haha. :D
The idea of covering our tiger amigurumi with rhinestones actually came from a friend of ours. :) It was a VERY good idea and we’re glad we heeded their suggestion. Wonder if they remember suggesting it?
Remember our first tiger amigurumi? It looks so small compared to the rhinestone tiger amigurumi huh? All the glue and rhinestones really added some pounds to it!
This is what I looked like after gluing on two whole sheets of rhinestones. I don’t know if I really want to do that again…haha. Or maybe I do? What do you think? What would you like to see plastered with rhinestones?! :D
Thanks for looking! Enjoy some lovely music from our rhinestone tiger amigurumi~
Posted May 6th, 2013 at 5:58pm (Comments: none)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Chinese zodiac
It’s been a while since I crocheted an amigurumi, especially one of my puppy amigurumis, so what better way to celebrate than by revisiting my favorite hobby with a pug amigurumi!
This pug amigurumi was based off my baby Chihuahua amigurumi, with a few tweaks here and there. If you look closely, you’ll notice this pug amigurumi’s paws get a little bigger at the ends to give it more of a cartoony feel. My original pattern was just a straight tube.
I also changed the back legs to be small nubbins, just because I thought it would look cuter that way! My previous pattern had short tubes that you would sew near the back end of the puppy amigurumi. I did a similar look for my Polar Lucibear amigurumi, which was published in a small pamphlet called “Crocheted Amigurumi.” Some people have questioned whether the back legs are wrong, but they indeed are correct as written in the pattern. The back legs are supposed to resemble nubbins for that cuter look, so please go ahead and sew them in place like that! To make this amigurumi a pug amigurumi, I cut out small circles from brown felt for the eyes, and a larger circle for the snout. Such a simple and easy thing to do to change up the look! I’m all about simple and easy things.
So, has anyone gotten into the trend of terrariums lately? Terrariums are super neat! Just the thought of creating your own ecosystem in an enclosed space is pretty awesome. But what if you just suck at taking care of plants? Don’t worry! There’s hope for us yet! Since all we can do is crochet, let’s just make some amigurumi terrariums instead! :D
Actually this idea came from someone who was paranoid about getting their pug amigurumi dusty…a thought that never crossed my mind before. I guess some people are just super anal and paranoid! :P But it did make for a really cute idea!
The brown paper trimmings were bought from Daiso. The little hearts came with the trimmings too, so convenient! I also had a random sticker with a dog bowl and bone in it, perfect for decorating, so I had to stick it on the jar. And we picked up a cute pug phone charm on our trip to Taiwan recently too!
Just in case you wanted to see that adorable pug phone charm more close up!
Oh, it broke loose of its jar! How cute. :)
Now it’s just getting restless!
One last shot! Thanks for looking!
Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 10:22pm (Comments: none)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Valentine's Day