Thank you to all who came for my book signing!

14 Nov

Yay! My Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase and Signing appearance at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC was a tremendous success! My books were all sold out that day, and I got to meet so many new friends, and also had a mini reunion with some of my relatives, ex-colleagues and high school mates (and even my bosses from work)!

Here’s a snapshot of my mom, sis and little niece before the people started streaming in! The event was supposed to start at 2pm, but when I began setting up at 12.45pm, I suddenly had Hello Kitty enthusiasts coming up to the table to enquire about the book! (some tiny fans even took to “re-arranging” my dolls for me!)

hello kitty crochet book signing

A big thank you to Kinokuniya for allowing me to run the show, and even put up a TV to play my stop-motion animation on loop! I got my good friend Kenneth to help with “hosting” the session to make things more interesting from a non-crafter point of view :)

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

A friend also came in full Hello Kitty gear (aprons, bows and stuff) and everyone thought she was the “mascot”! Thank you so much to Joyce for spicing things up for all those who came!

hello kitty crochet book signing

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

I really didn’t expect that so many people would show up! It really made me feel like a celebrity for the day, and I even received a small gift (a sweet needle-felted bunny) from a fellow crafter!

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

I only wished I had more time to speak to everyone. The line was really long (a good thing that is!) during the book signing so it was all I could do to speed things along. Hopefully, I managed to spend an equal amount of time with everyone. Send me a mail if you want to continue talking! :)

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

amigurumei

To those who took the time to come meet me on this special day, thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did :)

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

It’s been a dream come true for so many people around the world to own a piece of my work. My book is now Number 1 on Kinokuniya’s Bestseller list, so technically, I’m a bestselling author!

やった! Here’s to greater things to come!

amigurumei

P/S These pictures were generously taken by my friends Raymond Ooi, Evonne Loh and my hubby too :)

 

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Hello Kitty Crochet stop-motion animation!

9 Nov

Today is the day!

As I pack up now for my first Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase and Signing appearance at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC, I would like to share an exciting stop-motion animation featuring the stars of my first book.

Do enjoy!

Hello Kitty Crochet Showcase and Signing appearance at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC

8 Nov

Konnichiwa!

My Hello Kitty Crochet Showcase and Signing appearance will be happening tomorrow!

Venue: Main Entrance, Kinokuniya Bookstores, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Date: Sunday, Nov 9

Time: 2pm

Description: I’ll be sharing an amigurumi demo at 2pm, and then proceed on with the book signing and some photo opportunities if time permits!

Psst: Come in your Hello Kitty gear or bring along your amigurumi softies and we’ll take a few selfies together!

It’s been a fun and at times, crazy, adventure prepping for this day. I spent a lot of time remaking some of the Sanrio pals and also a 7-inch tall Hello Kitty so that everyone can take a selfie with it! :)

Hello Kitty by amigurumei

So many people have been asking about where they can buy my book, so I’ll be addressing that here:

WHERE TO BUY MY BOOK:

1) In the US & European regions, my book can be found in all major bookstores.

2) For the rest of the world, you can purchase via Amazon.com, or at any Kinokuniya bookstore in your country (and yes, that includes Malaysia).

Here’s a glimpse of my book and amigurumi on display at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC, for those who haven’t been to visit yet :) It was a hurried picture taken after the guard (not a Hello Kitty fan for sure!) said “No photos! And no moving the books!”, after my husband attempted to “organise” some books that were blocking my dolls, haha!

amigurumei at kinokuniya

And here’s a closer look:

amigurumei at kinokuniya

 

My kind editor also did a full-page write-up of my amigurumi adventures in our national newspaper (I work there as a features journalist). You can read the full article here: Malaysian crafter crochets her way into the pages of Hello Kitty

lee mei li hello kitty crochet

 

And then there’s the super-sweet feature in SuperCuteKawaii.com! Now I’m officially a Super Cute Creator! Read more here.

amigurumei on super cute kawaii

 

Come find me tomorrow at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC (2pm) and we’ll chat more! I can’t wait!

 

 

Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase & Signing

21 Oct

It’s finally happening!

Here are the details of my Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase and Signing event!

amigurumei mei li lee

If you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur Nov 9, stop by the Kinokuniya Bookstore at 2pm to catch me in action – I’ll be doing a light and breezy tutorial, and there’ll be photo taking opportunities too!

For the first time ever, the original dolls from Hello Kitty Crochet will be displayed at Kinokuniya alongside my books in conjunction with Hello Kitty Reading Day this Saturday, Oct 25. Come by to grab a photo with them! They will be at the bookstore till Nov 14 :)

Do drop me a line if you’re planning to stop by; I’d love to look out for you!

I’d really like to thank everyone for being so supportive of my book and I really do love seeing your photos of Hello Kitty and the rest of her amigurumi pals. Keep ‘em coming!

XOXOXO

Mei :)

P/S The post has been updated as I’m no longer making an appearance at Hello Kitty Town, Johor Bahru. Instead, I’ll be heading to Singapore at a later date! Stay tuned for more updates!

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip#2: It’s in the eyes, nose and whiskers

27 Sep

Hello again!

I hope you found the last post, where we talked about the unique Sanrio head-molding exercise, helpful!

Today, we’ll be bringing out the sewing kit, for we will be learning how to sew, or much rather, embroider on the face of sweet Miss Kitty White!

You will find that this technique is used for some other Sanrio characters as well, like the Little Twin Stars, Tuxedosam, The Sugarbunnies and of course My Melody and her goth but cherry-loving rival, Kuromi.

Let’s get started!

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip#2: It’s in the eyes, nose and whiskers

Hello Kitty Crochet by amigurumei

As mentioned in “Basic Body Parts” (pg 93), you simply have to sew on the facial details using embroidery floss and a series of vertical or horizontal backstitches. Some of the patterns include specific instructions on where to sew the nose/eyes, and also how many stitches are needed.

Hello Kitty and her daffodil-coloured nose:

Step 1: Hold the head piece so that the flattened part of the face faces you.

Step 2: Count to Round 12.

Step 3: Start sewing directly below this round. The idea is for the nose to run from the start of Round 13. You can add on more or less stitches — mine usually consists of about six to eight horizontal backstitches.

Psst: You will find that the positioning of the nose/eyes can drastically change the look of your Hello Kitty. The best way to go about it is to ensure that the line of the nose falls directly below the eyes :)

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Back and forth…back and forth…

Hello Kitty and her brownie fudge eyes:

Step 1: Visually zone in on the third stitch away from the left/right hand side of the nose.

Step 2: Move this point two rows above to Round 11. This is where you should start sewing on the eyes.

Step 3: Simply embroider from Round 11 to Round 12 using vertical backstitches. I used 12 backstitches for each eye.

Step 4. After knotting off the ends at the bottom of the head, give the embroidered eyes a light pinch to make them slimmer and more oval-shaped.

Step 5: You can also gently press the eyes in to create a 3-dimensional kawaii look.

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Up and down…

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Just a pinch…

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It’s a pressing matter I tell you…

Do note that My Melody, and also Kuromi, have bigger winks than the rest of the gang :)

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My…what big eyes you have!

Hello Kitty and her chocolate-straw whiskers:

Step 1: Zone in on Round 11, on the third stitch away from each eye.

Step 2: Make a horizontal backstitch, which is two-stitches long.

Step 3: Repeat process to make the top and bottom whiskers, which should fall below Round 10 and Round 12.

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Easy…

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…peasy!

And there you have it. Enjoy!

P/S Up next, we’ll talk about jazzing up the basic hood :)

Tuxedosam and his tiny hat!

25 Sep

Happy Thursday!

Have you started on making your own Tuxedosam from our all-new pattern in Hello Kitty Crochet?

Tell me how you like the updated design!

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If you’re finding it a tad challenging to make the tubby guy’s hat, please do refer to this pattern instead:

 

Tuxedosam’s hat:

With white yarn:

Round 1: 5 sc in magic circle {5}.

Round 2: Inc each sc around {10}.

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 5 times {15}.

Round 4 – 6: Sc in each sc around {15}.

Round 7: Inc in each sc around {30}.

Round 8: Inv dec all around {15}.

Change yarn colour to navy. Leave a long white yarn end for sewing later.

Round 8: Inc in each sc around {30}.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tuxedosam by amiguruMEI

Yay!

The Hello Kitty Baking Book

20 Sep Hello Kitty Baking Book

I wish I could bake!

If you’re a noob in the kitchen like I am, I strongly suggest you visit Michele Chen Chock’s wonderful blog, I Heart Baking! It’s filled with the yummiest and cutest Hello Kitty baked goodies!

Her book, the decadent Hello Kitty Baking Book, is so scrumptious-looking that I might just head out to get myself some flour and thingamajigs for baking!

I’m so glad that my Hello Kitty Crochet book is paired up alongside hers in conjunction with Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary.

Click on the book cover below to purchase a copy!

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip #1: The head-molding exercise

20 Sep

Konnichiwa! 

It still feels like a dream…it’s been barely a week since the release of my book, Hello Kitty Crochet and the love has been steadily pouring in nonetheless!

I’m very excited for all those who have yet to receive your books, I’m sure you’ll love the 25 patterns that I’ve lovingly put together for you. Write in and tell me which is the first pattern you went for and why! I’d love to see your work and share it here on my blog :)

In the next few posts, I hope to share a series of exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet tips, to help you make Miss Kitty White and the rest of her pals as picture-perfect as possible!

Ready? Let’s go!

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip #1: The ever-important head-molding exercise

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As mentioned in the “Special Techniques” part of the book (pg 11), most of the head patterns require a good squeeze to mold them into shape.

Step 1: Crochet as normal.

Step 2: When it’s time for stuffing, simply shape and squeeze the head piece so that the front (where the face will be) has a flattened appearance.

Step 3: Stuff with polyfill fibre according to this newly-shaped shape.

Step 4: If necessary, give it a few more squeezes after you fastening off.

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Squeeze…

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…and squeeze…

Tada! There you have it! Unique Sanrio character-shaped heads! Try it and let me know what you think :)

P/S Next up will be all about giving Miss Kitty White a sweet and cute face! Plus, don’t forget to send in a picture of yourself and where the Hello Kitty Crochet books can be found at your local bookstores to join my exclusive amiguruMEI giveaway contest!

amiguruMEI Contest Giveaway: Hello Kitty Crochet Snap & Share

16 Sep
amiguruMEI author of Hello Kitty Crochet

Photo courtesy of @peyday :)

Ohayou! Today marks the release of my book, Hello Kitty Crochet! Woohoo!

I would like to give myself a huge pat on the back for surviving the wait…and to you too, if I could!

Please allow me to say a big “THANK YOU VERY MUCH” (本当にありがとうございました) for all your love, patience and support — I couldn’t have done it without your constant encouragement and sweet words, raring me on to continue crocheting even through the most impossible of days.

As a tribute to this very special day, I would like to announce an exclusive…

 

AMIGURUMEI CONTEST GIVEAWAY: HELLO KITTY CROCHET SNAP & SHARE!

What do you have to do?

1) Go to a bookstore anywhere in the United States.

2) Snap a picture of yourself posing with the Hello Kitty Crochet books on display in-store.

3) E-mail the picture over to me at amigurumei[@]gmail[dot]com

 

The prize?

A surprise amiguruMEI handmade crochet doll sent to your doorstep!

 

Okay, so how to win?

1) Be the first three to send in a clear and pretty picture of the above. Yes, three lucky winners!

2) Be my Twitter follower @amigurumei and fellow Pinterest pinner @amigurumei or Mei Li Lee.

3) Help spread the word!

 

And if you don’t win…

I’ll still share your pictures on my blog and give you a nice, neat shoutout for your kind effort!

 

Contest deadline: 

Oct 1, 2014.

 

Questions, questions

1. Don’t worry! Photos can be from your phone, tablet or camera. I would prefer clear, sharp pictures but if shaky hands are your thing, send them over anyway!

2. Eligible participants can be from anywhere around the world. If you can’t be in the United States for now, why not get a friend from there to snap a picture for you?

3. Availability of the book — For now, my publishers at Quirk Books only have word that the book will be available in the United States bookstores. For my United Kingdom friends, the books will arrive in-store Oct 9. Yay!

4. For fellow Hello Kitty Crochet fans outside of the United States, please bear with us as we wait for upcoming news on the availability of the book elsewhere. In the mean-time, you can still order online via the book cover link on the top right sidebar of this page. For e-books, you can try here.

Best wishes!

XOXOXO

Mei

P/S And now I leave you with a fancy-schmancy photo taken by my good friend @peyday :)

amiguruMEI author of Hello Kitty Crochet

A first look at my book: Hello Kitty Crochet

2 Sep

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

Are you guys excited? It’s about 15 days till the release of Hello Kitty Crochet!

I just received my advanced copies and I’m so pleased with them! I’m sure you will be too when your copy arrives!

If you still haven’t purchased a copy, you can do so by clicking on the book cover on the top right sidebar of this blog :)

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

Many have been asking me about the contents of the book. All I can say is: everybody loves a good surprise! Here you can see Chococat, My Melody, Hello Kitty, Keroppi and Badtz Maru. Just who else have made it into the book? Let me know your guesses!

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

I hope you like Miss Kitty White’s pattern! :)

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

I love how cute yet sturdy the book is! I had a great time working with senior designer Amanda Richmond of Quirk Books, who have been ever so accommodating with my still-developing photography skills. I think she did a fabulous job with the design!

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

It still feels like a dream that I have a book to my name, and one that is attached to Sanrio and Hello Kitty too!

P/S Please do let me confirm on the availability of the book in Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore. If all goes well, I may just get to meet all you Hello Kitty fans at a book-signing event! Stay tuned :)

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