Want to review Hello Kitty Crochet?

5 Aug

It’s just a little over a month before our Hello Kitty Crochet book is released and we’re super-excited!

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Fret not, you can simply head over to these convenient sites below. (We’re still waiting patiently for our advance book copy — otherwise we’d share a closer look!)

Hello Kitty by amiguruMEI

WHERE TO PRE-ORDER HELLO KITTY CROCHET

Hello Kitty Crochet has the release date of Sept 16, 2014. Before then, you pre-order from:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

In Canada

In the UK

 

WANT TO REVIEW A COPY?

If you’re an amigurumi fan and would love to review Hello Kitty Crochet on your blog, website and magazine, please do speak to Eric Smith, the Marketing & Social Media Manager at Quirk Books (eric@quirkbooks.com). Or you can drop me a line and I’ll make sure the message gets through to the fun team at Quirk :)

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Here’s a sneak peek at what we did while working on the book. We bought a couple of Japanese Hello Kitty reads to help with the designing of the Sanrio bunch.

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Purin by amiguruMEI

Here’s Purin the custard-loving pup. Can you guess yet what other characters will make an appearance in Hello Kitty Crochet?

XOXO

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Pola and Tux in Simply Crochet Issue 20

5 Aug

A few months back, amiguruMEI was asked to design a special amigurumi pair for Simply Crochet Issue 20’s summer booklet.

We came up with Pola and Tux, the winter pals who just can’t get enough of the sun. Don’t you just love their sunburnt cheeks?

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

Hola!

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

I…need…more…sunblock…

 

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

You dive first!

I haven’t gotten my copy yet, but the duo made their debut in the inside back cover of Simply Crochet Issue 19. Woohoo!

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

Have you made your own Pola and Tux? Do share your amigurumi pair with us!

XOXO

amiguruMEI in Chinese Daily Nanyang

4 Aug

A couple of months ago, I was featured in a local Chinese daily, Nanyang Siang Pau. It was such an honour to be interviewed by senior writer Bee Lay (who shares the same name as I do, only spelled and pronounced in a different Chinese dialect).

I was in haphazard mode when the interview was done – I had only slept for a couple of hours the night before after going on a one-day trip to an indigenous settlement about four hours away from home, for work. But the photographer was superb!

I love the picture on the cover of the features section!I

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I can’t read a word of Chinese (but I can make out some Japanese kanji!) so I got my good friend Samantha Lee to read it out aloud for me :) If her name sounds familiar, well, she’s appeared in tons of international media! Check out her blog here. Her instagram @leesamantha is fantabulous!

XOXO

 

Obsessions Part 3: Le Petit Prince

3 Aug

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, ever since I first heard the audio book back when I was still in high school.

And so my third obsession can only be about the little boy from asteroid B-612, and his adventures with drunkards, arrogant kings, a repentant rose and tame-able fox.

The Little Prince

I have a special corner on my table where I display all my favourite Le Petit Prince-themed stuff. (I got bunny Moco to model for the photos!)

The Little Prince

My favourite mug, perfect for milk tea afternoons.

The Little Prince

I have had many version of The Little Prince book. This one is super-heavy (a Christmas gift from my sister) and jam-packed with a host of other classics. The notebook is from Korea, by my friend and super-photographer Cheem of Snapshack Studios (we will be seeing some lovely amiguruMEI shoots from him soon!)

The Little Prince

And a pretty plate!

Do you love The Little Prince too? Tell me more about your obsessions!

XOXO

Obsessions Part 2: Shinzi Katoh

3 Aug

If you’ve heard of Shinzi Katoh, you probably share the same obsession that I have for the wonderful Japanese artist and his super-whimsical illustrated stuff!

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I first came across the zakka products while on vacation in Taipei, Taiwan over the New Year’s in 2013. The nostalgic Yongkang Street was peppered with zakka shops and what did I find but a shop named Zakka Club, which was filled to the brim with Shinzi Katoh goods?

I spent a fortune buying bags, decorative tapes, a mug, a 4-in-1 bento box set, notebooks — basically the whole works, to start my own collection at home.

Here’s a glimpse of what the shop looks like.

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The one thing I regretted? Not bringing home any one of the Shinzi Katoh bunny/piggy/frog softies with me! See how cute they were!

Zakka Club in Taipei

Here’s a closer look at what I did bring home with me.

Shinzi Katoh stuff

A そらべあ (Solar Bear) pencil pouch. The weeping bears were created to help spread awareness on the effects of global warming.

Shinzi Katoh stuff

I love these Cheri bento boxes!

Shinzi Katoh stuff

This is a close-up of one of the two bags I bought. I take this bag with me to my Japanese lessons, which I have been taking for over two years now. French + Japanese stuff always makes me smile.

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Isn’t this bag sweet?

I hope I can visit Taipei again soon and simply live on Yongkang Street. Zakka lovers will love it there. I learned all about the town’s zakka scene from this article.

懐かしいな!

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Obsessions Part 1: The Moomins!

3 Aug

Happy sweet Sunday!

Today, we’re taking a break from it all and I would love to share a series of posts on my “obsessions”.

(This was something that I had planned to share a while ago, but never got the chance to what with so many things happening at once :)

So do bear with me as I present you Obsession #1: The Moomins!

Moomin amigurumi by amiguruMEI

I’ve had an eye out for The Moomins ever since I caught a few episodes of the cartoon on TV many years ago. But it was not until I visited Sweden in 2012 that I went full-blown Moomin-crazy! (alas, the obsession only hit me when I returned home so I did not make one single Moomin purchase in all the Moomin-packed souvenir shops in Stockholm!)

So slowly but surely, I’m hoping that my collection of Moomin stuff will grow. I’ve since bought a couple of Moomin T-shirts off the racks of generous Uniqlo :)

I hope to one day visit the Moomin Café in Tokyo, Japan! Read more about the fabulous place here :)

By the way, have you tried making Little My from our amiguruMEI Little My amigurumi pattern? Share a photo if you have!

XOXO

Moomin amigurumi by amiguruMEI

Moomin amigurumi by amiguruMEI

Moomin amigurumi by amiguruMEI

My Hello Kitty cupcakes

23 Jul

I celebrated my 31st birthday last week!

My lovely colleagues, who have become a bunch of great friends, bought me these supercute Hello Kitty cupcakes.

It was too dark for a good photo but sweet baker @tinylikeme on Instagram took one right before delivery!

Aren’t they too fantabulous for words?

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Photo courtesy of the super-talented @tinylikeme on Instagram.

Hello Kitty Crochet in The Star newspaper

7 Jul

Ohayou! It’s 72 days till the release of Hello Kitty Crochet. Have you pre-ordered yours yet?

On another note, the Sanrio bunch and I were in the news recently! We appeared in Page 6 of The Star Newspaper, Malaysia’s leading English daily.

My craft room was in a mess but that did not stop the photographer from taking some lovely shots for the story.

To read all about it, go HERE.

Yay!

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amigurumei hello kitty crochet in the news

amiguruMEI’s Butterfly Girl in Simply Crochet Issue 19

26 Jun

amigurumei butterfly girl in Simply Crochet

We’re in Simply Crochet Issue 19!

Several months ago, I was asked to design a sweet butterfly girl for the magazine and boy, was I excited to start!

The pattern took several weeks to perfect — I had originally made the wings in black and blue (pretty like the Blue Morpho butterfly) but had to change them to lighter colours so that they would stand out a little more.

Cho-Cho (蝶 or Chō is butterfly in Japanese) can be seen on the cover and also on the mag’s web. I was delighted to find it hovering here at this page!

amigurumei butterfly girl amigurumi in Simply Crochet

Here’s a closer look at Cho-Cho, the tiniest queen of the garden:

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amigurumei butterfly girl amigurumi in Simply Crochet

Here’s what Cho-Cho looked like from before. What do you think?

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P/S Grab a copy of Simply Crochet Issue 19 to make your own Cho-Cho! :)

Free amigurumi pattern: Princess P

8 Jun

pig piglet crochet kawaii

Sweet and well-mannered, Princess P (P for Peanut) loves all things sweet and yummy.

Unfortunately, mommy has just put her on a month-long diet.

How nice it would be if she could just have a lick of ice cream…or two…

Shared in collaboration with Craft Passion, you can find the FREE AMIGURUMI PATTERN HERE.

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I promise I won’t eat the whole cone…

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After just an hour (of dieting), I feel lighter already!

Happy Sunday! :)

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