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Free amigurumi pattern: Anpanman アンパンマンのあみぐるみ

18 May

As promised, it’s finally here!

To all Anpanman fans, thank you for being patient with me. You can now make your own Anpanman amigurumi with my free pattern. Yay!

If you don’t already know who Anpanman is, you must, must watch the Sore ike! Anpanman series! I recently watched the Sore Ike! Anpanman: Ruby no Negai movie here, if you’re interested!

Anpanman is a superhero with an anpan (Japanese bean jam-filled pastry) for a head. It’s a strange sight, but Anpanman doesn’t mind sharing a bit of his head with the hungry children that he comes across during his adventures.

I first made an Anpanman for my boys when they were still snug in my belly. You can see what it looks like here, along with some Anpanman buns that I baked 🙂

I decided to make another cuter version after seeing all the wonderful Anpanman cookies and buns on Instagrammer @sachi ina’s feed! Her makes are incredibly awesome! I’ve been trying my hand at making cute chigiripan and illust pan (bread rolls with cute prints in them) but I am yet to be satisfied with the results. As I type this, I have a loaf of panda illust pan that I baked this evening, waiting to be sliced and discovered. If you see a picture of it on my Instagram, it means it was a success!

But for now, onto the free Anpanman amigurumi pattern! Sore ike!

Anpanman amigurumi pattern
 by amiguruMEI

アンパンマンのあみぐるみ
Skill level: Intermediate
Duration: About 6 hours
Description: Anpanman is a popular Japanese character from a picture book series written by Takashi Yanase. I first fell in love with the strangely-cute superhero when I chanced upon its anime series and saw Anpanman pull off a piece of anpan from his head (which is literally an anpan, or bean jam-filled pastry) to feed a hungry child! The series comes with its host of colourful characters and I hope to be able to crochet the rest of them soon!
Abbreviations

• Ch: chain
• Sc: single crochet
• Dc: double crochet
• Inv dec: invisible decrease

Materials & Tools

2.5mm hook
Acrylic yarn in skin colour, orange, red, yellow and black
Black crochet thread
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill

Head
With skin colour yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
Round 5: [Inc, sc 3] around {30}.
Round 6: [Inc, sc 4] around {36}.
Round 7: [Inc, sc 5] around {42}.
Round 8: [Inc, sc 6] around {48}.
Round 9: [Inc, sc 7] around {54}.
Rounds 10-19 (10 rounds altogether): Sc around {54}.
Round 20: [Inv dec, sc 7] around {48}.
Round 21: [Inv dec, sc 6] around {42}.
Round 22: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
Round 23: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 24: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 25: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Fill with stuffing. The shape of the head should be spherical.
Round 26: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 27: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Nose and cheeks (Make 3)
With orange yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Rounds 3-4: Sc around {12}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Fill with a tiny bit of stuffing.

Body
With red yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Rounds 4-5: Sc around {18}.
Change to yellow yarn.
Round 6: Sc around {18}.
Switch back to red yarn.
Round 7-10 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {18}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.

Cape
With black yarn:
Row 1: Ch 10. Turn work.
Rows 2-14 (13 rows altogether): Sc 9, Ch 1. Turn work.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Arms (Make 2)
With yellow yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: Sc around {6}.
Change to red yarn.
Rounds 3-6 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Legs (Make 2)
With yellow yarn:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
Rounds 2-3: Sc around {7}.
Change to red yarn.
Rounds 3-4: Sc around {7}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Assembly
1. Sew nose and cheeks onto the head. They should fall below Round 13.
2. Sew on the eyes, eyebrows and mouth (please see tips on **Designing the face below)
3. Sew body onto head.
4. Sew on arms. You can position them however you like. I gave mine an “Anpunch!” pose.
5. Sew on the legs.
6. Sew on the cape. I just looped the cape around Anpanman’s neck and weaved in the ends.

**Designing the face
Eyes
1. The eyes are sewn below Round 11 of the head, using black crochet thread
2. Each eye is sewn with 12 vertical backstitches that are 2 stitches long.
3. There should be a space of 3 stitches in between each eye.

Eyebrows
1. Instead of rounded eyebrows, I gave my Anpanman “L” shaped ones.
2. I made a loose diagonal stitch that is 3 stitches long and then made a smaller stitch to hold the corners together. Alternatively, you can try making 2 backstitches in the shape of an L (I think the effect would be quite the same!)

Mouth
1. Just one vertical backstitch, 2 stitches long.

As this is an original amiguruMEI pattern, kindly do not claim it as your own. You may place a link to this pattern from your site, but please do not repost it onto your page. Send me a picture or tag me on Instagram @amigurumei when you’ve made your own Anpanman 🙂

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Free Pan-san the Panda amigurumi pattern

20 Mar

Who would’ve thought?

I’ve been baking bread.

Loads of it.

Bread is パン (pan) in Japanese. Which brings me to my brand new free amigurumi pattern:

Pan-san the cho-kawaii Panda! Tada!

He’s not your usual Panda of course, since he loves bread and butter and buns and brioche…

…and also anything remotely sweet and scrumptious.

He also has a secret love for unicorns.

And selfies.

Zen = Matcha = Pan-san.

Empty pantry = Not-so-zen Pan-san.

“Bake me something, okaasan!”

Find the FREE PATTERN designed in collaboration with Craft Passion here!

A glimpse of the tool I used:

I love this Marvel 8ply yarn from Spotlight!

Daiso has a great range of fluffy yarns!

Please enjoy making Pan-san as much as I enjoyed designing him for you 🙂

FREE PAN-SAN AMIGURUMI PATTERN BY AMIGURUMEI FOR CRAFT PASSION

 

 

 

A closer look at mama hen and baby chicks…

3 Feb

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Amidst the yarn, hooks and baskets of crafting tools, this is what my life looks like now.

Christmas morning, every day!

These pictures were taken by my dear friend Samuel Ong about a week before Christmas 2016. Every year, Sam goes around looking for cute and cuddly talents to pose for his Christmas project and I made it to the list thanks to the twins!

I just realised I haven’t had the time to share updated photos of my growing-too-fast boys, who just turned one last month!

So before I forget to make another post, here are more photos of us 🙂

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No Jacob, don’t eat the giftwrap!

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Jacob is still trying to eat the giftwrap…

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No Joshua, don’t tear the gift!

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🙂

jacob-n-joshua-8Quiet at last…

jacob-n-joshua-2I said NO….

jacob-n-joshua-1I give up…

*The top photo made it into The Star main news page on Christmas Day 2016. The boys were also baptised on the same day! Double blessings, for sure 🙂

FREE HEN & CHICKS AMIGURUMI PATTERN: TORI & TAMA-GO

2 Feb

Hello!

It’s been too long, too long! A big hug to everyone who’s been following my posts and waiting for more amiguruMEI adventures to come.

Being a first-time mom and to twins has been a roller coaster ride…sweet, exciting, frightful with a tang of adrenaline rush. My boys have finally turned a year old! So mommy thinks it’s time that she gave some loving back to her blog as well…

Chinese New Year has just begun and to celebrate this special occasion, I’d like to share an absolutely free, super-kawaii amigurumi pattern right here, right now!

Please meet Tori:

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Yes, the two little cuties behind are her twin boys, Tama and Go.

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Who absolutely love following Mama wherever she goes.

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There are times when Tori feels overstretched.

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And then there are times she wished she had a few more tako hands to get the boys out of (more) mischief.

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And more mischief.

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But Tori knows to take things slow. And to enjoy every moment before the boys are grown up all too fast!

That being said, if she ever needs a break…

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She knows there’s always another Mama willing to take over, if only for just a little while.

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Bet the boys would behave after that.

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I hope you’ll enjoy the pattern! Tori and Tama-Go were designed in collaboration with Craft Passion, who spent the past year knitting awesome Fair Isle beanies, pullovers, leg warmers–the whole works!

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE HEN & CHICKS AMIGURUMI PATTERN: TORI AND TAMA-GO

Send me a picture of your finished Tori and Tama-Go. Don’t forget to hashtag #amigurumei!

Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone!

XOXO

Mei

Happy Mother’s Day: Free Amigurumi Pattern for Risa-chan the bunny mommy

8 May

Oh gosh, hello everyone!

It’s been such a long, long time! I must apologise for the long absence!

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you would know why I’ve been missing from the amigurumi scene: I just became a mom to two lovely twin boys (and boy, do they keep my two hands full!)

Jacob and Joshua are now almost four months old and till this day, it still seems surreal that I have two babies to call my own 🙂

And since it’s Mother’s Day today, which of course is an extra-special event for me this year as a first-time mom, I’d like to share a free amigurumi pattern with all my favourite crafters…yes you, whom I have not been in touch with for aeons!

Oh and please do head on over to @simplycrochetmag as I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to work on an Instagram takeover for the magazine, just for this weekend. The free pattern for Risa-chan is an added bonus to mark this amazing collaboration 🙂

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Please meet Risa-chan, the bunny mommy I made over a year ago when I first found out that I was going to be a mom 🙂 She’s this sweet little thing who has stuck by me through my morning sickness and stayed quiet and calm when I was hospitalised for preterm labour, on Christmas! Thankfully, her presence kept my jitters at bay and my boys managed to hang on for three more weeks before their scheduled due dates 😉

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I must say that I never imagined that it would be this though to be a mother, and to this I would like to send my love and a great big hug to all mothers on this special day. Please enjoy the free amigurumi pattern for Risa-chan, which I hurriedly wrote with one hand rocking my two boys in their bouncers (they can only nap with constant rocking, sigh!)

Here’s a first look at my boys! Jacob was born two minutes earlier than lil’ Joshua.

RIsa-chan amigurumi free pattern

RIsa-chan amigurumi free pattern

Yep, they sure do seem to love mama’s Risa-chan! Well, at least they didn’t complain! (By the way, I made a bunch of baby-friendly amigurumi that I’d love to show you guys soon! Like the two little rattle piglets that Risa-chan is seen cosying up to below)

I hope to be able to share more of my work and also some free patterns in the coming months; I’m still trying to find a balance between getting enough sleep and pumping for milk for now, so please do bear with me! I hope everyone has been well! Please do drop me a line and continue sending me wonderful pictures of your work! (don’t mind me if I reply your mail in the wee hours of the morning; my boys still wake up to nurse 2 to 3 times throughout the night and that’s when you’d find me fiddling with my iPhone in the dark 🙂

XOXO

Mei

RIsa-chan amigurumi free pattern

FREE AMIGURUMI PATTERN: RISA-CHAN THE BUNNY MOMMY

Abbreviations

  • Ch: chain
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Inv dec: invisible decrease

Materials

  • 2.5 mm hook
  • 2mm hook
  • Yarn in taupe (greyish-brown) and pink
  • Embroidery floss in black (I used black crochet thread, which gives a neater finish)
  • Darning needle
  • Polyester fiberfill

Head

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.

Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.

Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.

Round 5: [Inc, sc 3] around {30}.

Round 6: [Inc, sc 4] around {36}.

Round 7: [Inc, sc 5] around {42}.

Round 8: [Inc, sc 6] around {48}.

Round 9-16: Sc around {48}.

Round 17: [Inv dec, sc 6] around {42}.

Round 18: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.

Round 19: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.

Round 20: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.

Round 21: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.

Stuff head. Mould head with your hands — flatten the front where you intend the face to be.

Round 22: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.

Round 23: [Inv dec] around {6}.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Leg A

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.

Round 3-9: Sc around {12}.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Leg B (joins with Leg A and continues onto body)

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.

Round 3-9: Sc around {12}.

Round 10: Sc in the next 6 sts. Join to Leg A by making the next sc in Leg A. Continue for 11 more sts. Make the next 6 sc in Leg B {24}.

Round 11: [Inc, sc 2] around {30}.

Round 12: [Inc, sc 3] around {36}.

Round 13-16: Sc around {36}.

Round 17: [Inv dec, sc 3] around { 30}.

Round 18: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {24}.

Stuff body.

Round 19: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {18}.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Ears (make 2)

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.

Round 3-17: Sc around {12}.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff with polyfill so it will have a floppy look.

 

Arms (make 2)

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.

Round 3-10: Sc around {10}.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Optional to stuff with polyfill. I left mine without any 🙂

 

Cheeks (make 2)

With pink yarn:

Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Bow

With black embroidery floss and 2mm hook:

Row 1: Ch 5, sc 3, inc in last st. Rotate work.

Row 2: inc, sc 6, inc. Rotate work.

Row 3. inc, sc 8, inc. Fasten off. thread tail end through to the centre of the bow. use the same tail end to make 3 loops over the bow and secure at the back by knotting it with the starting tail.

 

Facial Details

1. With black embroidery thread, sew eyes below Round 13. For each eye, you will be making a diagonal backstitch that is 3 sts long. There should be 6 sts in between each eye.

2. For the nose and lips, you will be sewing on an upside-down “Y”, starting from below Round 11 straight on till below Round 15 and branching out to two points below Round 16.

 

Assembly

1. Sew cheeks onto face.
2. Sew body onto head.
3. Sew on ears.
4. Sew on arms.
5. Sew on bow tie.
6. Sew an “X” on the belly.

RIsa-chan amigurumi pattern

As this is an original amiguruMEI pattern, kindly do not claim it as your own. You may place a link to this pattern from your site, but please do not repost it onto your page. Remember to share a picture of your own kawaii Risa-chan with us!

Happy New Year + Free Daikichi the fortune monkey amigurumi pattern

6 Jan

Hello 2016!

A Happy New Year to all my fellow crafters!

I know it’s been forever since I updated…if you’ve been following my Instagram…you’d probably know what I’ve been busy with for the most part of the year…

I’m currently just four days away from delivering my twin baby boys! Things have been hectic what with organising work and my pregnancy symptoms (which was OK, right up until about a month ago!). These past few weeks I’ve barely been able to move because of the extra weight I’ve been lugging around…but all good things come to those who wait!

I was planning to share a Christmas post on all the cute little things I made for my family…but I suddenly had to be hospitalised for preterm labour! I promise I’ll definitely share when everything’s back to normal..which may be a while!

To usher in the brand new year though, I’ve teamed up with Craft Passion once again to share a free amigurumi pattern…and it happens to be a monkey to usher in the Lunar New Year!

Please meet Daikichi the fortune monkey!

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A little cheeky…a little innocent…that’s who Daikichi is on most days. His name means “big fortune” in Japanese…and I expect him to bring everyone prosperity and wellbeing in 2016!

Check out the Daikichi free amigurumi pattern here.

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I may not be able to update my blog for a while but please do hang in there! Do follow my continued amigurumi adventures on my Instagram @amigurumei as I will surely be updating more through that channel. I’ve made some cute baby rattles and baby hats that I can’t wait to bestow upon my boys!

I’m currently working on a sleeping baby dinosaur amigurumi…I guess it’ll probably be my last amigurumi project before I become a mommy!

Wish me luck! 🙂

I hope you’ll enjoy the free Daikichi monkey amigurumi pattern. May 2016 be a year full of happy monkey businesses and quirkiness for all those who believe in the energy of the cheeky creature! 🙂

XOXO

Mei

Here’s another link to help you find the Daikichi free amigurumi pattern.

Hello Kitty Crochet bow tutorial

30 Jun

This post has been long overdue!

How has everyone been? I must apologise again for the long absence from blogging and amigurumi-making.

There have been some new and exciting personal developments that have really kept me busy…and I suspect will keep me occupied for a lot longer too. It’s something that I’ve been hoping and dreaming of for a long, long time, and it has finally happened! Give me another month or so and I’ll definitely share the news okay? (hint: it has very little to do with the amiguruMEI world…for now at least)

On another note, I’ve finally sat down and made a video tutorial on how to crochet a Hello Kitty bow!

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I know many of you have been asking for this. And so I present to you, the video!

And for those who want a quick fix, I’ve also snapped some photos. Please excuse the overexposed-ness. I must’ve taken a break from photography for too long 🙂

Hello Kitty Crochet bow

Start with Ch 6

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Row 2: Sc 4, 3 sc in last st. Rotate work.

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Row 3: Sc 9, 3 sc in last st. Rotate work.

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Row 4: Sc 11, 3 sc in last st. Clean fasten off.

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Thread tail through centre. Loop about 4 times over the centre of the bow.

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It should start looking like this. The idea is to tighten the loop as you go along.

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Tie ends at the back.

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Looking good!

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Make a new piece (Sc 5 in magic ring). Sew onto the centre of the bow.

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Take all the yarn ends and thread them through Kitty for extra security!

Some points to note: The Hello Kitty Crochet bow crochets like an oval. That’s why we have “Rotate work”, instead of something like “Ch 1 and turn”, as that would apply for more scarf-like pieces. Anytime you see “Rotate work” in patterns, just imagine your finished crochet piece as an oblong-looking thing 🙂

There. I hope you’ll enjoy this post! I do hope to still drop in and out of the amigurumi world, but I may not be able to share free patterns for a while. There are so many storybook characters that I do want to crochet, but there’s just never enough time!

I’m sure all you crafters know what I’m talking about 🙂

Till I see you again…best wishes!

XOXO

Mei

 

amiguruMEI’s first Singapore Meet & Greet

22 Mar

It’s been a week since I returned from Singapore, and I miss the place loads! Haji Lane, especially, where I had the honour of holding my debut amiguruMEI Singapore Meet & Greet and first ever amigurumi workshops.

It was my first time visiting Haji Lane and boy did I fall head over heels in love with the place! I was so busy and worried about having my meet and greet and workshops go well that I barely had any time to enjoy the street as it was. But there’s always next time!

And so here are glimpses of the meet & greet! I met so many new friends, some of whom who made me feel like I knew them from way back when 🙂

Setting up...

Setting up…

Almost there!

Almost there!

And we have the first visitor of the day, Shanny, from Malaysia! I was a bit taken aback when Shanny said she is currently using a picture I took in Hello Kitty Crochet as her desktop wallpaper :') Thank you Shanny for making my day! And I love the Hello Kitty bag!

And we have the first visitor of the day, Shanny, from Malaysia! I was a bit taken aback when Shanny said she is currently using a picture I took in Hello Kitty Crochet as her desktop wallpaper :’) Thank you Shanny for making my day! And I love the Hello Kitty bag!

Ning, who also joined us for our beginners workshop :)

Ning, who also joined us for our beginners workshop 🙂

Nancy, who often participates in a Taiwan-based crafters group who crochets to cheer up the children at a local hospital. They've made Tuxedo Sams and Little Reds based on amiguruMEI's patterns :)

Nancy, who often participates in a Taiwan-based crafters group who crochets to cheer up the children at a local hospital. They’ve made Tuxedo Sams and Little Reds based on amiguruMEI’s patterns 🙂

Tian Min of @5ambento and Lin of @maysatch from Instagram who came bearing gifts! What an honour to meet them finally!

Tian Min of @5ambento and Lin of @maysatch from Instagram who came bearing gifts! What an honour to meet them finally!

Scrutinizing the stars of the day!

Scrutinizing the stars of the day!

A crochet monster jar from the sweet Yaney of @bisukiut!

A crochet monster jar from the sweet Yaney of @bisukiut!

Sharon's dress matched the balloons perfectly :)

Sharon’s dress matched the balloons perfectly 🙂

It's a pity I didn't get to meet Mr Ling's wife, Loretta, who couldn't make it to the meet & greet. My friends told me that they came by again later and waited to see if I had some time to chat, but unfortunately the beginners workshop went on for a tad long and they had to leave! I hope I'll get to meet you one day soon Loretta!

It’s a pity I didn’t get to meet Mr Ling’s wife, Loretta, who couldn’t make it to the meet & greet. My friends told me that they came by again later and waited to see if I had some time to chat, but unfortunately the beginners workshop went on for a tad long and they had to leave! I hope I’ll get to meet you one day soon Loretta!

Chuu I said she was so glad to find my book smiling back at her in Kinokuniya!

Chuu I said she was so glad to find my book smiling back at her in Kinokuniya!

And she brought along her dimsum crew!

And she brought along her dimsum crew!

Special thanks to she who loves Moomins: Wendy of When I Create and Craft Assembly, who first wrote to me over a year ago to ask if I was interested to drop by her zakka store to host a series of workshops! Her superb organisation skills have made everything possible. I look forward to visiting her collection of vintage Kewpie, Moomin and Woodland dolls again!

Special thanks to she who loves Moomins: Wendy of When I Create and Craft Assembly, who first wrote to me over a year ago to ask if I was interested to drop by her zakka store to host a series of workshops! Her superb organisation skills have made everything possible. I look forward to visiting her collection of vintage Kewpie, Moomin and Woodland dolls again!

And a few selfies before we go. My besties Pey (L) and Huey Yi and Fei (below) who surprised me with some Strawberry Shortcake Hello Kitty balloons!

And a few selfies before we go. My besties Pey (L) and Huey Yi and Fei (below) who surprised me with some Strawberry Shortcake Hello Kitty balloons!

Up, up and away we go!

Up, up and away we go!

I was super excited that I got the chance to meet everyone, but I was really dead-tired by the end of the two-hour session. And I still had a beginners workshop to host!

I was also feeling super uncomfortable in my dress, which I thought looked very French-maid-like!

I hope you don’t mind that I take this opportunity to say a few words to everyone who has made a difference to my Singapore stay…

To Serene of Ponde & Donut: Thank you for taking the time to bring me around all the kawaii stores in Orchard! I’m so glad I’ve found a friend in you and I look forward to many more amigurumi + cute-as-polar-bear exchanges soon 🙂

Shanny, Yaney, Min, Nancy, Yan, Tian Min, Chuu I, Siew Fong, Lin, Vivian, Carissa, Mr Ling, Ning and Sharon: Thank you so much for coming by and dropping me a line in my haphazard Shinzi Katoh guestbook. I really hope to be able to meet everyone again the next time I head to Singapore!

To my dear friends Huey Yi, Amanda, Alycia, Teen Nah and Roshini: Thank you for coming by just to catch a glimpse of your ol’ friend! I’m really touched by your kind love and support 🙂

To my besties Pey and Fei: Thank you so much for flying in to Singapore with me and making the trip a truly memorable one! Love you girls!

To my hubs, James: Thank you for always being there for me, and flying in for just one day so you could be a part of my first ever workshops! XOXO Love you lots!

P/S Special thanks to Pey for being my photographer of the day!

amiguruMEI as guest crafter at Spotlight

22 Mar

The last two weeks were incredibly busy weeks for me! Apart from my Singapore trip, which I will write about in the next post, I also had the great honour of being invited as a guest crafter to officiate the new outlet opening for Spotlight, a mega craft store from Australia. What a dream come true!

I loved Spotlight ever since I first stepped into one and it was their outlet in Singapore. It’s just too bad that I didn’t have any crafty sense back when I was studying in Perth (over 10 years ago!), otherwise I would’ve gotten acquainted with the store way earlier and would’ve possibly started my amigurumi adventure then!

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I got to meet fellow crafter Joanne of Craft Passion again and also Samantha of Stuff and More Crafts, and the three of us were thrilled to be one of the first few to see Spotlight’s new store at IPC Shopping Centre (formerly known as Ikano Power Centre).

The new store is snugly fitted next to Popular Bookstore, and it’s basically right next door to our favourite Swedish brand, IKEA. What we love about Spotlight first and foremost is that it has aisles and aisles of yarn! Show it to us, Jono!

Jono Gelfand, Spotlight's General Manager of Marketing.

Jono Gelfand, Spotlight’s General Manager of Marketing.

I had good fun hosting a crafting session in-store — but instead of an amigurumi workshop, we dabbled in some needle-felting, which I’ve always felt to be a great starter craft for self-proclaimed crafting noobs 🙂 Needle felting is fun and a great stress-reliever; perfect for members of the media and bloggers who joined us for the day. Spotlight_Photo8 Spotlight_Photo9 Spotlight_Photo10

Oh and I made a mini Hello Kitty x Haruka-chan for Jono as a gift of congratulations to Spotlight. I hope that you’ll get to see her and my book in one of the Spotlight stores soon, unless Jono have kidnapped the two back to Australia 🙂 Spotlight_Photo7

I had loads of fun and it was really great meeting new friends! Managed to see Joanne off to the airport before I drove all the way home and crashed in bed. Who knew that a day of just crafting could be so tiring? A big thank you to Spotlight for inviting me over for a spin!

P/S I just visited Spotlight this weekend and came home with a bunch of Marvel yarn in all shades of pink! Everything was at 30% off 🙂

Amigurumei Singapore Meet & Greet and amigurumi workshop

6 Mar

I’ll be going to Singapore for my maiden amigurumi meet & greet workshop next week. Yay!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wendy of When I Create and Craft Assembly for agreeing to host me for the event. I’ve never met Wendy but I think it was about two years ago when she first dropped me a mail to invite me over to tour her When I Create zakka store.

Needless to say, I’m super excited to meet her for the very first time, and also to meet other fellow crafters in the field!

Here are the details of my Singapore visit:

AMIGURUMEI MEET & GREET

Date: March 14

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: Craft Assembly, 49 Haji Lane, Singapore.

What to expect: I’d love to meet you! Bring along your fibre-stuffed friends and we can take we-fies, amigurumi groufies, anything! And if you have a copy of Hello Kitty Crochet with you, bring it along too and I’ll promise to pen down my best wishes for you. If my dolls agree, they will be up on display in-store. It’ll be their first trip to Singapore, so I hope everyone will be nice and accommodating!

crochet amigurumi

Date: March 14

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Craft Assembly, 49 Haji Lane, Singapore.

What to expect: If you have always wanted to make cute little amigurumi by hook and yarn, but have always had trouble understanding how to start, this workshop would be perfect for you. And no pressure! Even if you can’t finish making the doll by the end of the class, you can always finish up at home — I promise to make a video to further supplement your home learning (but do give me some time, ok?). The idea is to have fun, and find your calling, if crochet is indeed your calling 🙂 Oh and we’ll be making a mini Piyoko. The pattern should get you off to a good start to make other cute critters 🙂

AMIGURUMEI BEGINNERS WORKSHOP #2

Date: March 15

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Craft Assembly, 49 Haji Lane, Singapore.

What to expect: The same as above, but on a more relaxing Sunday morning 🙂

crochet amigurumei

AMIGURUMEI INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP 

Date: March 15

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Venue: Craft Assembly, 49 Haji Lane, Singapore.

What to expect: If you’ve already been making amigurumi on your own, but would love to chat a bit about how to make your dolls cuter, slimmer, longer or prettier, then this would be THE workshop for you. We’ll be attempting to make Keiko-chan, who is currently ranked as the world’s cutest (and tiniest) Hello Kitty fan. I suppose two hours would not be enough for everyone to finish the doll but no worries! What’s most important is that we all have a great time crafting together and enjoying everyone’s company. If you have any tips and tricks you would like to share, please feel free to do so! Bring along your favourite handmade amigurumi and we can take some fun pictures together!

So counting down, it’s about 7 days till I head over to Singapore!

Please e-mail craftassembly@hotmail.com for more information on the workshops. Fees is SGD$65 per person. We are keeping the classes a small and comfortable size of 10 crafters, so do sign on quick 🙂

I hope to share more photos when I’m back! Wish me luck! 

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