Amigurumi

Caitlyn with her rainbow amigurumi bunny

Caitlyn with her rainbow amigurumi bunny

When it comes to picking a favourite cuisine, B, C1 and C2 all love Japanese. So it came as no surprise that Caitlyn chose a teppanyaki restaurant for her birthday dinner (the party was on another day). The kids love the pomp and pageantry as the chef cooks your meal right before your eyes – flashing flames, flying eggs and fast and furious knife skills…

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…

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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.

First attempt which ended up looking like a hat!

First attempt which ended up looking like a hat!


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.
Amigurumi 2

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?

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5 responses to “Amigurumi

  1. Hi Al, this is lovely. Full marks to you and I am sure Caitlyn will enjoy it for years to come. I have just finished crocheting a throw – have made all the parts, just need to join them. Will send you the photo when done. Keep it up. It will get easier as you go on.

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  2. That’s pretty good! I like the rainbow-colours. A homemade gift is worth much more than something you bought. Keep on going, crocheting is so much fun! And in my opinion it’s not at all something “old-fashioned”. 😉

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    • Hi Alison!
      A big “thank you” for your comment on my blog! I’m glad that you like it (even if it’s still under construction).
      I also read a few of your posts (f. ex. about the “F-Bomb” 😉 ). I like your waste-free weekends and as I’m interested in waste prevention, too, I’m sure that I’ll find some inspiration here.

      Best wishes,
      Katja

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  3. Al, that is very sweet. I’m sure C is happy with her new bunny. You are a very patient mom. Did remember Caitlyn on her birthday, Hope she had fun.

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