Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting (or knitting) tiny stuffed animals and dolls. Along with Tawashi, it is a craft that is wildly popular with yarn crafters. Books on the subject and free internet patterns abound (a great resource is the Lion Brand website). A crochet hook, scraps of yarn and a little bit of stuffing are all you need to get started! It’s easy to take-a-long, and most amigurumi(s) work up pretty quickly.
I purchased the pattern for this Russian Doll at Etsy. What will I do with her? Not sure. I’ve named her Josephine and I may give her to my mom because I think there might be a slight resemblance :o)
I did buy a book called Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet, by Ana Paula Rimoli. The instructions are clear and well-written, lots of patterns, and they’re totally adorable!
I’m glad to have tried amigurumi, but I think I’m done with it for a while. Although they score high on the “cute” scale, I’m not sure what to do with them. Would a child really want to play with these? Should I put them on a shelf somewhere? If I give them as gifts, will the recipients secretly think “what the heck?”
For now, I think I’ll attack my stash and knit a spring scarf. I’m pretty sure I’ll know what to do with that!