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It’s my favorite time of year again, and since I already made a Santa monkey amigurumi last year I knew I just had to give him a friend to help spread the holiday cheer, and who better to help than a Rudolph reindeer amigurumi!!
The idea of a Rudolph reindeer amigurumi actually came from a co-worker of mine, and after she suggested it I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that??” I guess I’ve been avoiding making any animals like deer, horses, or cows, because they have long, slender snouts that I could never replicate. But then I just decided to give it a try this year, and it came out much better than I expected! Although, I must admit, halfway through making this Rudolph reindeer amigurumi I was seriously doubting how well it would turn out, especially the face. Luckily, just felt with a red sparkly felted nose was enough to take the place of a slender snout. I kind of like the cartoony look it achieved!
You know what else saved the Rudolph reindeer amigurumi from being another addition to my Pile of Failures? The antlers…! !
Notice how the antlers kind of arch a little bit? There’s actually no wire or anything inside the antlers, it was just molded into that shape from the outside by the sewing genius. I would never have thought of molding it into that shape, but somehow once it takes on that arch it just looks more like an actual reindeer.
And the ears on the reindeer are actually the same exact shape as my Chinese dragon amigurumi. I noticed that my dragon without the whiskers and spiky mane would look a lot like a deer, so I just based this reindeer off of that pattern. My motto for creating patterns is stick with what you know best…because it’s so much less work in the end haha! I think the real secret is I’m incredibly lazy…
And of course we can’t ignore all those fancy embellishments on this Rudolph reindeer amigurumi. Did you notice the bells on his collar? I sewed each and every one of those seven bells onto the collar that I crocheted. It took a long time, and believe me, I am not a good sewer so it was tough for me. But it’s ok, it was totally worth it! The seven bells on its collar give it extra jingle! You could probably use the Rudolph reindeer amigurumi as a tambourine if you wanted to for that extra “umph” in your Christmas caroling! Haha jk, if you did that, its head might fall off and you’d have stuffing all over the place…which might look like snow too…ok I’m just being weird now, I’ll stop haha.
The holly leaves were also cut out by my laser-precise felt-cutting sister. She cut them out without even having to trace anything! I couldn’t even draw holly leaves correctly on paper if someone told me to. I don’t know how she knows these random things and can translate them into an actual cut-out. Alas, my brain is not formatted for art. I was always the least artsy of my siblings. I think my artwork was only chosen twice in my elementary school career, whereas my brother and sister were chosen yearly and were the art teachers’ pets. I felt like such a failure then…I’m so glad I found amigurumi hahaha.
Did you notice the really cool-looking Christmas tree behind the Ruoldph reindeer amigurumi? That was actually a present from my future sister-in-law. She went through great lengths in Taiwan to buy them and lug them around in a crowded train in order to give them to us as Christmas presents last year. So glad she did, because that tree is awesome! The light inside fades away and changes into beautiful shades of color, and the white-ness and sharp edges really give it a clean look. It came as a paper cutout that you have to assemble yourself. A very fun process and worthwhile end product!
That’s all for now! Thanks for looking and I hope our Rudolph reindeer amigurumi has brought you much cheer and joy for the holiday season!
Posted December 6th, 2012 at 11:03pm (Comments: 2)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Christmas
And hello~ we are back this time with a peanut butter chocolate rabbit amigurumi! Guess we’re on a rabbit amigurumi spree now that all the monkeys are done. We just really like to see things in many different colors/color combinations, so yeah, guess that explains our ‘make the same animal in different colors’ sprees. If we don’t make them in different colors, then we’ll never be able to tell what they’ll look like right?
Yeah, no matter how many times I iron that damn cloth backdrop, it just refuses to stay flat. So, excuse the wrinkles haha. Read more »
Posted September 14th, 2012 at 5:41pm (Comments: 6)
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Since the first time I posted about my monkey amigurumis, I have received lots of positive feedback and interest in getting a pattern for them. Not knowing so many people would take interest in my monkeys, I actually submitted my pattern for them in Interweave’s 2012 Crochet Me Amigurumi Calendar Contest, and surprisingly got chosen to be a part of the calendar! I received my complimentary copy of the calendar in the mail about a month ago, and have been waiting since then for them to publish the ebook which contains all the patterns for the amigurumis in the calendar. (If you want to buy either the calendar or the ebook, be sure to use coupon code WEAVE15 at checkout to get 15% off your entire order). They finally have, so I’m posting about it now to spread the good news!
Here are some pictures of the calendar I took myself:
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Posted August 26th, 2011 at 4:24am (Comments: 6)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Pattern
It’s time for the Monkey of the Month, and this month I’ve made an Easter Monkey Amigurumi! What else would you think of for the month of April? I was actually thinking of a rainy themed monkey, because “April showers bring May flowers” but Easter is just too cute to pass up!
What makes this Easter Monkey Amigurumi, well, Easter-y, is the nest of eggs on its head. The nest is just a small cap-like shape, and the eggs I crocheted out of that super thin yarn I got from Taiwan (the same yarn I used to make the baby whale amigurumis). My sister and I trialed with so many different types of eggs before we settled with that nest of eggs! We first tried a felt plushie egg, but despite stuffing it, it still didn’t quite look three dimensional enough to look like an egg. Then we thought about crocheting a big egg with worsted weight yarn, but found it hard to make the Easter Monkey Amigurumi pose with such a large egg! So, finally my sister suggested I crochet three small eggs and put them in a nest on the Easter Monkey Amigurumi’s head. I was hesitant at first, because that’s a lot of work!! It doesn’t look like it, because they’re so small, but it’s actually a lot of stitches…just to crochet some eggs…BUT it did work out the best, so I shouldn’t have been so lazy heh.
Can you guess what else makes this Easter Monkey Amigurumi so special?? You probably can’t tell from the pictures so far, but…
TADA! It stands!! All on its own…awww…kinda like seeing your baby stand for the first time, huh? Haha not quite, but something like that.
As you can see, it relies solely on the garden wire stuffed in its tail to stand, which is amazing to me because this Easter Monkey Amigurumi sure is mighty plump! I used my original pattern to crochet the body, and after I finished I realized that the body is way too big for a standing monkey. Future note to self, if monkey is to stand, give it lipo…
And, just for kicks, let’s make the Easter Monkey Amigurumi look like Godzilla!
I told my sister to take nice pictures of the Easter Monkey Amigurumi for me because she usually takes really good pictures. I was thinking white picket fence, grass, nice sky blue backdrop, some flowers…I got most of what I asked for, but somehow I also got small buildings that make the Easter Monkey Amigurumi look more like King Kong than a cute Easter-themed monkey…what can I say, she always likes to put her own little “cute but dangerous” twist on things <slaps forehead and rolls eyes>…
Although, after looking at them for a while, they are nice pictures after all. As I say this, I just know she’s rolling her eyes at me too and thinking that I have “such common taste” with that all too familiar disgusted look on her face haha!
Nice houses too. The house on the left was a birthday present from my mom, and the one on the right was a souvenir from San Francisco. So random that we have these things lying around the house!
The Easter Monkey Amigurumi is available for purchase at my Etsy. That’s it for now! Thanks for looking~!
Posted April 12th, 2011 at 11:51pm (Comments: 2)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Easter, Spring
I know it’s very late, but Happy Chinese New Year nonetheless, and to celebrate it I made a rabbit amigurumi for the year of the rabbit!
Here I made the rabbit amigurumi celebrate against a Chinese New Year-inspired backdrop. The fancy decorations in the background are actually red envelopes, and to top it off I added a little Chinese chocolate gold nugget too. May the new year bring much luck, happiness, and prosperity to us all!!
I think the most important part of this rabbit amigurumi is the shape of its ears. I basically crocheted a test tube shape (please excuse the crude image comparison, lab geek talking here), pinched the bottom open end of it to create a concave shape, and sewed it in place onto the head. I wanted to achieve a 3-D effect, rather than just a flat shape for the ears. To finish off this rabbit amigurumi’s ears, I cut out a smaller test tube shape from pink felt, lined the inner ears with it and glued it in place. Sounds pretty simple, but actually sewing the ears in place with that concave shape is kind of difficult, so if you’re ever going to do something similar, it may take a few tries but it’s so worth it!
Which reminds me, someone once asked me what kind of glue I use for my amigurumis. The answer is Aleene’s tacky glue, which I buy from either Michaels or Joann’s, whichever store is having a sale or gives me a coupon. The only reason I use it is that’s what was lying around the house at the time I started crafting. It is definitely much better than using regular school glue, a mistake I once made when I used school glue to stick felt polka dots onto a mushroom amigurumi I made for a friend’s birthday, only to find that all the dots fell off within 2 hours (that, and my friend wasn’t exactly “gentle” with my handiwork either…)! Just a little bit of tacky glue goes a long way too, because when you slather on a bunch onto a small piece of felt it soaks through to the other side of the felt and doesn’t stick very well because it’s so wet. The felt piece also hardens as it dries with too much glue, and maintaining the softness of the felt is important for both visual and tactile purposes. I’ve always wanted to try hot glue, but never got around to it. If anyone has better suggestions, please share!
Ok, I’ll stop talking about glue now. You’re probably thinking, “Gosh how much can someone talk to me about glue?!” I know I can be pretty wordy, but I just wanted to share my experiences with glue with you.
Back to the rabbit amigurumi…of course with Easter coming up and all, I couldn’t resist making this rabbit amigurumi an Easter rabbit too!
The eggs were cut from felt, stuffed and sewn together, and then decorated with some glittery glue. My sister’s handiwork – she’s so good with small details.
Oh, and the tail was crocheted from Joann Sensations Beautiful Yarn. It’s super soft, and so fuzzy – perfect for creating contrast with the worsted weight yarn I used for the body. I know it sounds wrong, but I find myself pinching the tail a lot because it’s so soft! Don’t worry, the rabbit hasn’t turned around to bite me yet so it’s all good.
Here’s a side view. Notice how the ears are sewn on in a concave shape.
After I made this rabbit amigurumi, I liked it so much I decided to make another type of rabbit – a floppy-ear rabbit amigurumi!
The body and everything else is exactly the same as the other bunny. The only difference is the ears. The ears on the floppy ear rabbit amigurumi are huge! If I were to ever make it again, I would definitely use a sport weight yarn instead of worsted weight yarn just for the ears. But it’s ok, the floppy ear rabbit amigurumi still has a special place in my heart, even if other people think it looks like a dog!
And here the rabbits are very happy together. All of a sudden, I can’t wait for spring to come! If you’re interested, you can purchase a plush rabbit amigurumi of any color you’d like at my Etsy.
As always, thank you for looking! Please stay tuned as I attempt to make all the animals of the Chinese zodiac! So far, I have more than half done and will be posting them as time permits. Oh, and one last bit of info – my monkey amigurumis were chosen for the 2012 Crochet Me Amigurumi Calendar! The patterns for the monkeys, and also a pattern for a polar bear (fondly named Polar Lucibear) will be included in the calendar! Thank you very much to all who have expressed interest in a pattern for the monkeys. Please wait patiently with me for publication of the calendar to get your copy of the pattern! I’ll be sure to update you on the calendar’s status.
Posted February 22nd, 2011 at 5:28am (Comments: 10)
Filed under Amigurumi, Animals, Chinese zodiac, Easter, Spring