Thursday, May 23, 2013

Do You Amigurumi?

Amigurumi -- the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals, dolls and anthropomorphic creatures. 

Kitty made for Noli's birthday a couple or so b'days ago.

Typically, an amigurumi stuffed animal or doll will have a big, round head and a small body, and something like a vegetable will have a face. The crochet will be in a single crochet stitch and will go round and round without joining, increasing and decreasing as necessary to form the piece. The arms and legs, noses and ears, tails if they've got 'em are created separately and sewn onto the body. Facial features are generally embroidered on.

This is Skateboarder Noli, made for Noli when she learned (sort of) to skate

Not all amigurumi food is made with a face -- but should be crocheted in the round and not back and forth in rows.   

Since I make crochet food that's intended for kids to play with I like to use cotton yarn and I don't put on any faces.  So these are not anthropomorphic but are perfect for playing in their pretend kitchen or for going grocery shopping!

Yummy fruits

Eat your veggies!

If you're not vegan or vegetarian, these are for you!!
Gotta love the Swiss cheese....

Ice cream! Always a yummy treat!
When we go to Braum's Noli tries to talk me into two scoops....
and I usually give in!
(I get the junior size -- shhh, don't tell her!)

Amigurimi flowers -- a face would be cute on these!

Miss Beachy Bear has been collecting sea shells by the seashore
and loves to sport her special duckie swim ring!

And last but not least.....  Mr. Earl N. Meyer Flask! 

A chemistry beaker (technically an Erlenmeyer flask) that I made for my brother! It's an example of an anthropomorphic amigurumi crochet. (Bet you can't say that three times real fast!!) 

Thus starts the alphabet again!

I really enjoyed posting bands and musicians in the last round, and so many commented that those posts brought back such good memories, that I can't give it up!!  So, even though this next round will be a bunch of craziness, I'm going to include one band at the end of each post. Hope you enjoy it!


ABBA was a Swedish pop music group whose music spanned ten years from 1972 to 1982. Some of their songs became famous on the disco circuit, although the group itself wasn't considered disco. 

But those glittery silver outfits sure look disco to me! 

"Dancing Queen" was one of their disco-ish songs

Fun fact:  ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members' names!!  News to me!

linking over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter A.

Jenny Matlock


Trina Prenzi said...

Love all of these, so cute!

Lola said...

Love the post – great pics!

And ABBA rools OK!!

Have a great Alphabe-Thursday, here’s mine!

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Now, those are my kind of vegetables!

Meagan Lea said...

These are adorable and great for kids!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Mama mia, here I go again... I get ABBA songs in my head all the time!

Judie said...

This brought back such memories. When I was just a toddler, one of my father's relatives from Hungary crochetted an animal for me. I loved that animal, but sadly, it disappeared shortly before my first child was born. I think my mother must have thrown it out while cleaning her attic, not realizing what a treasure it was.

Granny-Guru said...

These are darling, and you don't seem to run out of ideas of new ones to make. Love the Abba memories!

My name is Riet said...

I love your crochet works so lovely. I must get in that sort of crochet. Itnis so,lovely.thank you for showing

My name is Riet said...

Oh i forgot, Abba is from my time but your photo is not Abba
I don,t know who these are, definitieve not Abba. I was a big fan of them in the seventies

fredamans said...

Love the dolls and bears! Love Abba too. Got that song stuck in my head now :-)

lissa said...

I love amigurumi but has yet to make a doll. love the cute kitty.

have a sweet day.

Pam Beers. said...

I learned a new word today.

Omigosh! These crocheted objects are wonderful! How clever, colorful, and creative.

Unfortunately, I have a tough time sewing on a button.

storybeader said...

I didn't know there was a special name for this crocheting. It is so sweet, and I love the fruits and vegetables! {:-D

BeadedTail said...

OMC! Love the kitty! Love ABBA too but really love that kitty! :)

Natashalh said...

So cute! I don't know how to crochet =(

pasqueflower said...

Love your crocheted skateboarder!!
It's amazing what you can do with crochet hooks and yarn!

Pondside said...

Who in the world can keep from dancing when an ABBA song comes on the radio?!
I've never crocheted toys or dolls, but perhaps I'll start, with three grandchildren coming this summer.

Jenny said...

Wow. Amigurimi is adorable.

It looks like a lot of work!

I remember ABBA. Thanks for the flashback (((winkwink)))

Awesome post for the letter A!

Thanks for linking.



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