Have some idle hands? Try Amigurumi with a twist! Not Origami. Amigurumi.
How do you pronounce that? Amirgurumi– a-me-goo-roo-me. Or ami for short.
What exactly is Armigurumi you ask? It’s the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting anthropomorphic animals or people with yarn or thread.
Many people who have knitted or crocheted during their lives are finding a fascinating way to keep their hands busy. Its taking the true talents that they have honed and applying artistic flair, providing a whole new dynamic to the art of knitting or crocheting.
What is even more fascinating is that there are whole communities online with displays of how artistic and clever people are weaving yarn and string into fun filled little creatures, people, and weeble wobbles – and no- they don’t fall down! (By adding in weight material to their bottoms)
As fascinating as that is, they are putting their patterns out for other people to try their hands at reproducing them. Some of the patterns are fairly easy to follow, some are a bit more complicated. In any event, the patterns found in and around the Amigurumi communities are very inviting.
On one forum (www.crafster.org) it seems the community has so much fun that they one up each other with new designs and Amigurumi figures as fast as their hands can move. And the patterns are attached to the posts or links are provided for you to follow to try the pattern.
A blogger named Jane hosts a blog centered around Ami’s and posts many easy to follow patterns ranging from Acorn people to holiday patterns for a turkeys for Thanksgiving and a Christmas penguin.
Crochet Pattern Central has listed patterns by holidays and with Halloween coming up, they have a wonderful list for that too. Their bit fuzzy spider is a bit of a catch, it’s the fuzzy part that was hard to accomplish. But once it is accomplished, it made other patterns much easier to do.
If you don’t have quite the knack of making your own pattern, there are several sites that offer patterns for Amigurumi for sale. One online website, Etsy.com, has patterns starting at $5.00. Once you have mastered it, you can turn around and list it for sale on Etsy.com.
Cathy Henry from Canada hosts a website dedicated to patterns for these fun filled creatures and has some of the best patterns I have seen to date. One of the favorites is the kangaroo and joey in the free pattern section.
In any event, with winter days fast approaching and you are looking to fill hours of time inside away from the cold, Amrigurumi maybe the filler you are looking for.