Thanks to Caitlyn’s birthday, I learnt another Japanese term: Amigurumi (pronounced Ah-me-goo-roo-me) – the Japanese craft of knitting or crocheting stuffed animals. Ami means knit or crochet; nuigurumi means stuffed doll.
Caitlyn had her eye on a cute little crocheted bunny she spotted in the shop window of our neighbourhood homewares store.
The price tag? $31.99.
‘Pfffft!’ I thought. ‘I can make that for nothing.’
I already had all the tools of the trade: wool in every shade of the rainbow (it was a rainbow birthday party, after all), crochet hooks, stuffing…
What I didn’t have was a clue. How I was suppose to make this… thing?!
I’d only learnt to crochet a couple of months ago. Don’t ever ask me to decipher crochet patterns – I’m clueless!
I Googled the brand name as soon as we got home.
And that’s where I learnt that the toy was made using amigurumi.
What ever did we do before You Tube videos? I watched all the amigurumi tutorials on repeat. Countless errors and dropped stitches later, I managed to put this together. Far from perfect, but made with love.
Do you know any Japanese terms related to cooking and crafting? Do you like knitting/crocheting? Or is it something your granny’s generation did?