Before love month ends, let me share to you something I’m passionate about.If you’ve been following this blog for some time now, you’ll know that I am into crochet.I enjoy crochet very much for several reasons that I shared in a previous post. I also mentioned that I am a member of Crochet Addict Philippines (Crochet Addict Philippines) whose main project is making beanies for children with cancer.
A day before Valentine’s we dropped by Eat Art Gig in Katipunan to see my Crochet Addict Philippines sister, Neiel of Gantsilyo Manila.She is into Amigurumi and does commissioned work. She describes herself on Instagram as ” Architect by day, Gantsilyo Ninja by night”.She was one of the 30 merchants at Eat Art Gig’s Valentine Bazaar. It’s been awhile since we last so each other so it was fun chatting for a bit.
Amigurumi is a Japanese term that means knitting and crocheting stuffed dolls. It is from ami which means knitted and guirumi which translates as stuffed doll. Amigurumi is usually in the shape of animals, but these days they it comes in all shapes and sizes.
Amigurumi is becoming very popular.It is crochet that is familiar to a lot of young people because of the dolls are usually inspired by anime and cartoon characters.
Speaking of ami, the winner of my yarn giveaway last month, Edhz, also made an teddy bear from the yarn she won. She happens to be a CAP member as well. Isn’t it adorable?
She also made a minion for her son.
As for me, I am still trying getting the hang of it. I’ve made two dolls, both owls. The first one had lopsided wings and visible polyfiber filling. I was quite disappointed because it was a simple pudgy owl. Unfortunately, I used milk cotton yarn which stretches unlike acrylic.
Are you curious how my second owl turned out?
The whimsical world of amigurumi is just waiting to be explored.If you’re already into crochet, l think you just need to learn three techniques first: single crochet , increasing & decreasing stitches and crocheting in the round.
Interested in a class? Neiel will be having an ami workshop next month. For more info you can checkout her instagram @gantsilyo_mnl for details.
So, if you knew how to make ami, what would you make first?