all hail the conquering crochet animals!

February 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

The Japanese are well known for their meticulous handicrafts and though there are many traditional crafts worth blogging about, I find myself weak at the knees for a more modern take on Japanese crafting. It`s called amigurumi. According to good ol` Wikipedia, the name comes from two Japanese words: ami (crocheted or knitted) and nuigurumi (stuffed doll). Amigurumi can be modeled after animals or figments of some crafter`s imagination. Now, get this, Wikipedia says and I quote; “The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities”. もちろん!Of course, these little creatures only live to spread the cuteness. After all, they originated in Japan.

Personally, I have only made one amigurumi. It was a giant Snoopy. It was super fun to make and ofcourse, so cute, but he was bought and so I no longer have him in my possession (though I heard his human is taking good care of him). So, in honour of this great new crafting past-time, I have collected pictures of amigurumi with the highest cuteness factor I could find on my internet ramblings. Click on the photo to go to the original site.

 cup-cake cuteness!

“gourmet” amigurumi

Amigurumi Darth Vader

PATTERN for Darth Vader - Star Wars Mini Amigurumi

Okay so this one is just because the picture looks like salary-man propoganda.

If you like what you see, you MUST go to this Flickr site by TADAs Revolution. It is jam-packed with cute amigurumi animals photographed in scenes that are pretty freaking hilarious. I couldn`t post them, because all the photos are protected, but seriously, check it out.

With this kind of craft it seems the only limits are the reaches of your imagination, so craft on and may the force be with you.


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