Thursday, 25 July 2013

From the very beginning I've been very interested in Japanese amigurumi patterns and books. They seem more innovative and the overall quality of patterns seem to stand out.

I had been eyeing this particular book for awhile and decided to cave in and buy it even though the $15.29USD seemed a bit steep for me. I was also wary of the fact that it was in 100% Japanese and I had never tried following a Japanese style amigurumi pattern. Upon receiving the book I quickly discovered this wasn't a problem because there are very clear step by step pictures at the back showing what to do for each symbol. As long as you know the basics this book shouldn't be a problem at all and if you get stuck you can just quickly flip to the back to search up what a symbol means.

There are a total of 12 projects in the book, spreading out to around 20 patterns because of each individual fruit and colour combinations. There are also clear colour photos of each project so you know what you're going to make. A problem I think some people might encounter is not having the right yarn colour; certainly more than 10. I didn't have a problem with this because I tend to hoard yarn in any colour I can get my hands on...

The pattern details are very clear letting you know where each row starts and finishes. A few aspects I found nice about the patterns were that they let you know how many pieces of each pattern you needed to make for each project, provide a column showing how many stitches you need for each row as well as approximately how large in cms that your pattern should end up. I personally found it helpful to know katakana (english sounding Japanese characters) as it made it quicker for me to identify what I was making but it isn't necessary as each pattern is also coloured in the colour of yarn you're supposed to use and if needed you can look at the real photo for reference. 

The only problem I ran across was what sized hook I was supposed to use, I'm sure it must state it somewhere in the book but because I can't read Japanese I wasn't sure as there were many different mm references throughout the book. I used a 2.5mm hook for all the the normal sized patterns and a 1.25mm hook for the smaller keychain sized patterns and everything turned out nicely sized. A 3.5mm hook also worked out for the taiyaki as I ended up snapping my 2.5mm hook so the patterns are versitile enough between hooks.

The book can be purchased online here:

If you live in Japan then it only sells for 500yen which is equivalent to around $6 so rather cheap.

My verdict is if you are confident in your crochet basics then this book is a very nice purchase for your book collection. With patterns for pouches, keychains and containers it's not only super adorable but practicle as well so perfect for gifting as well.

I hope you give this book a look as it's well worth the money.

Happy Crafting ^^

As someone who has grown fond of amigurumi over the past couple of years I've had the dream of making my own amigurumi book but I'm starting small for now.

I've put my Charmander pattern up for sale on Etsy and it being my first time trying to sell anything of this nature I am super nervous about if I've done anything wrong or not made my instructions clear enough.

I'm not expecting any sales off the bat as there are many Charmander patterns for sale on Etsy but the fact that I've put it out there to the world is an achievement for me. Await anxiously for any feedback in the following months. 

With positive feedback I hope in the future I am more confident in my work and am able to make better quality work that I can be unwaveringly proud of.

If you have spare time I appreciate it if you took a look at the listing, there is no need to buy, I am happy just with the thought that someone had enough interest to take a look ^^

I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful and amazing day :)

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Hello to whoever's reading this~
I am currently holding an all crafts contest for reaching 1000 subscribers on YouTube so if you are interested please give it a watch thank you ^_^

Here is info on the contest:

Rules & Regulations:
- Must be a subscriber
- Be 18yrs old+ or have parents permission
- All crafts accepted: clay, sewing, needlework etc
- Drawings must have progress proof through video or photo
- All items must be made specifically for this contest
- Must be a video response to THIS video (will not search for entries)
- Video no longer than 10 minutes
- Must stick to themes, any non themed crafts will automatically disqualify you
- Not necessary to send BUT additional prizes will be added if you do
- No slideshows
- Minimum 6 items, no maximum
- Like & Favourite this video
- No badmouthing
- Can choose multiple themes from the list
- Linked charms, accessories will not be counted as a seperate item
- Deadline is August 31st, no extensions
- Contest will be cancelled if there are less than 5 entries

All Studio Ghibli: brownie points awarded for
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Princess Mononoke
- Laputa Castle in the Sky

Disney: cannot choose other Disney
- The Lion King
- Aladdin
- Pocahontas
- Mulan

Sentimental Circus: no other san-x

Video Games: cannot choose other games
- Professor Layton
- Ace Attorney
- Anything Final Fantasy
- Ni No Kuni
- Silent Hill

Anime: cannot choose other animes
- Death Note
- Cardcaptor Sakura
- One Piece

- Full Metal Alchemist

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Hi guys, it's been awhile since my last post. Lifes been busy and I've finally finished a set of amigurumis which was requested by one of my subscribers.

At the beginning I tried making pokemon true to the actual pokemon but after dratini I sort of gave up and went chibi with everything. I personally prefer the way the chibis look but that could just be me.

Added a jewellery piece just because I wanted to make use of my eyelet tool for the first time, I think it turned out well but I don't think I'd ever use it ^^"

These are all my pattern with the exception of Umbreon.

For Pikachu I was inspired by this photo:

I followed this Umbreon pattern: 

I only took photos of Dratini and Horsea because it felt like too much effort for the other ones not to mention the Umbreon isn't my pattern. I think the footage of the other ones are sufficient :)

I would love to hear some feedback as well as any request you might have~! I look forward to trying to keep a regular update!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Happy Crafting ^^